E-Waste Recycling World Record Attempt
Author: Zo Zhou
These programs have resulted in thousands of tonnes of electronics being kept out of landfill, prevented toxic waste entering the environment and kept valuable resources in use. And all thanks to the participating manufacturers and retailers taking responsibility for the items they make and sell.
But TVs and computers have been a growing problem for years. In 2008, 16.8 million TVs and computers reached the end of their useful life, and electronic waste is growing 3x faster than any other type of waste in Australia. Yet in a typical desktop computer, 99%-100% of the plastic, glass and metal is recyclable.
TechCollect is Australia's newest and biggest recycling program for old computers, printers and televisions and is the force behind this free and easy recycling initiative. It is funded by over 60 of Australia's leading technology companies who are committed to recycling responsibly. All e-waste dropped off to TechCollect is sent to recycling companies in Australia.
To help set the world record, simply drop-off your old TV, computers or printers to a TechCollect site between 20th and 28th April. Recycling is still free after that week too, it just won't count towards the record. Use the buttons below to find your nearest drop off point.
For all other items search RecyclingNearYou to find local options.
Spread the Word
Let you friends and family know about the world record attempt. Like our "I Heart Recycling" Facebook page to stay up to date about the attempt.
Finally, remember to keep recycling your old printer cartridges and mobile phones.