It’s now become even easier for Bundaberg residents to dispose of their e-waste responsibly.
Residents have the option to use council’s free e-waste disposal facilities or the new Australia Post e-waste postal service which lets residents post e-waste through any Australia Post box for a small free.
Australia Post partnered with TechCollect to achieve this and under the new program, old mobile phones and computers can be bagged up and posted from anywhere in the country.
Bundaberg Regional Council waste and recycling portfolio spokesperson, Tanya McLoughlin, welcomed the news and said reducing e-waste in landfill had become a priority for Council.
“The free postal service, along with Council’s own free e-waste disposal which is offered at any council waste facility, means it’s easier than ever to recycle tech products,” she said.
“Last financial year Council recycled 219,260kg of e–waste from our waste facilities through drop-offs, which is a great effort, but I think we can still do more.”
Cr McLoughlin said Council facilities allowed the disposal of e-waste for free.
“E–waste can't be placed in your waste or recycle bin as they contain materials that require specialised recycling, so we often end up with a tech graveyard in a cupboard somewhere,” she said.
“Residents with old electronics such as mobile phones, kitchen appliances or computers can dispose of them free of charge at the any of the Council waste facilities
The Auspost and TechExpress e-waste service is not completely free but you can post up to 22kg of e-waste including: laptop and desktop computers, mice, power supplies, cables, keyboards, computer batteries, modems, mobile phones USBs and storage devices for a flat rate of $14.95.
The new TechExpress service makes it easier for people living in regional and rural areas to recycle e-waste.
To use the postal service simply package your e-waste in a post bag or box, visit the TechCollect website to complete and print a shipping label, and finally, attach it to your parcel.
The package can then be dropped off in any Australia Post box or post office.
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