We are committing to reducing as much e-Waste as possible from the minute we opened the doors for business. Even if its just marginal, we believe small steps will eventually make an impact. The constant need to update and upgrade is not going to stop, but taking the right steps by disposing of the products properly is key to reversing the clock. Luckily, the Australian Government along with several other independent Australian companies have developed a program that allows people to deposit there un-needed eWaste, so that it can be stripped back to raw materials and reused elsewhere.
So what is eWaste?
eWaste consists of but its not limited to:
Printers, Catridges and Fax Machines.
Keyboards, Mice and Computer Cables.
Just how much we waste
Though tracking the exact amount is difficult, around 43.8 million tonnes of e-waste was produced in 2015 according to the United Nations University Step (Solving the e-Waste Problem) Initiative in its Step Initiative 2015/16 Annual Report, and research from the US Environmental Protection Agency suggests that this has had an annual increase of five to ten percent. Australians contribute more than their fair share of that, by generating approximately 600,000 tonnes of e-waste every single year.
The effects of eWaste
In particular, Computer monitors are extremely harmful to the environment if disposed of incorrectly. The roll call of toxic materials is long and includes:
Mercury (used in LCD screens)
LeadCadmium (used in batteries) – known to cause cancer in humans
Beryllium (found in motherboards) – a known carcinogen and can cause lung disorders if inhaled
Chromium (used to prevent corrosion) – can cause liver and kidney damage as well as skin reactions
Antimony – can cause gastrointestinal disorders
Arsenic – a known carcinogen
Brominated ﬂame retardants (used in circuit boards, cables and plastic casing) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) (used in casing and connectors) – toxic when burned and can collect in the environment.
How we deal with eWaste
We noticed a lot of Sunshine Coasters where googling "Computer Recycling". We could see the need for a proper method of dealing with your out dated and un used technology. That is why we created the Sunshine Coast Computer Recycling Drop Zone.
Heres how it works. You bring your old product to us, we will clean the device of your personal information. If the product is deemed broken or faulty, there could still be a monetary value in parts. If that's the case, we may offer you cash for your item in scrap value. If we believe someone could benefit from your product, we will clean it and recommend a local charity for donation. Any unusable or un-donatable parts will be disposed of properly when we do our monthly trip to the eWaste Drop off zone.