Recycle your dead TVs and computers

Category : Ewaste Recycling, Media Release

Celebrate National Recycling Week

Spring is always a great time to clean-up, declutter and do the right thing. So why not recycle your old computers and televisions for free while celebrating the Planet Ark National Recycling Week which runs 12-18 November.

That includes safely recycling unloved printers, laptops, scanners, keyboards and various IT accessories, including all those cables and power supplies.

The Drop Zone recycling service by MRI E-cycle Solutions in association with the ACT Government, is making it easier for householders and businesses to keep electronic waste (or ewaste) out of landfill.

Obsolete laptops, desktop computers, monitors, printers, scanners, copiers, mobile phones and their accessories contain materials that we need to recover and recycle to manufacture new products.

Sending them to landfill is not only a waste of scarce resources, it can potentially harm the environment and human health where hazardous substances like lead or cadmium may leach into waterways if not disposed of safely and correctly.

The Director of MRI E-cycle Solutions, Mark Dawes said ACT residents should be very proud of their efforts in keeping ewaste out of landfill. It has a positive social impact and helps create local jobs for residents.

“By using the free Drop Zone service at the Mugga and Mitchell Resource Management Centres, ACT residents and businesses can help ensure over 95% of the materials in their old electronics will be recovered and recycled. This is a great outcome for the community and the environment” said Mark Dawes.

Drop Zone by MRI is an industry funded and Federal Government approved service under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, that ensures all products collected are recycled to the Australia Standard AS/NZ 5377. It is funded by companies like Lenovo, Acer and Panasonic who import televisions and computers into Australia.

“It’s great news that the ACT has two free ewaste collection points at Mugga Lane, Symonston and Flemington Road, Mitchell – it’s a terrific initiative to recycle and keep ewaste out of landfill” said Mark Dawes.

MRI E-cycle Solutions was also named the 2017 CoAct Employer of the Year for its focus on establishing and maintaining strong relationships with employers. Working in partnership with CoAct member, Workways/Advance Personnel, MRI’s ACT division demonstrated a strong commitment to creating local opportunities for people to transition into employment.

For more information about the CoAct award look here

Drop-off locations in the ACT

If you live in Canberra or the greater ACT area, you can recycle your old and unwanted televisions, computers and IT accessories for free at the following sites:

Mugga Resource Management Centre
Mugga Lane, Symonston ACT
Hours: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, seven days per week
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Telephone inquiries: 1300 439 278 (Drop Zone)

Mitchell Resource Management Centre
Flemington Rd, Mitchell
Hours: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, seven days per week
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Telephone inquiries: 1300 439 278 (Drop Zone)

Over 95% of ewaste collected is recycled, and none of the collected items are resold or remarketed.

More information and media comment

Contact Mark Dawes for images and media comment, as well as more information about Drop Zone and ewaste recycling.

Mark Dawes – MRI E-cycle Solutions (ACT)
Mobile: 0405 625 218
Email: mdawes@mri.com.au
Web: Dropzone.org.au
Tel:  1300 439 278

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