Collection scheme success – The Gisborne Herald

Published June 10, 2022 2:25PM

Tonnes of electronic waste destined for recycling thanks to partnership trial.

Nearly ten tonnes of electronic waste have been trucked out of Gisborne to be recycled elsewhere in New Zealand.

Tairawhiti Environment Centre and the Gisborne District Council partnered with TechCollect NZ (TCNZ) to trial the collection scheme.

A total of 9925kg of e-waste, equalling the weight of two Asian elephants, was dropped off at the TEC in Palmerston Road since the project began last November.

Items included old computers, printers and keyboards.

Council community lifelines solid waste manager Phil Nickerson said the response from the community was quite impressive.

“We encourage anyone who hasn’t yet, to de-clutter their homes of e-waste. We thank everyone who has got the word out there as well, either at work or within their family.

“This is nearly 10 tonnes of waste that won’t clog our landfills and can be recycled.”

E-waste is a growing problem in New Zealand, with an average of 21.3 kilograms generated per person each year.

Mr Nickerson thanked the team at TEC for collecting and packing the crates each month.

“It’s been a real community project.”

The e-waste is trucked to Auckland and loaded and shifted locally.

E-waste has a high recoverable value, so items taken to the correct facilities could be processed and recycled. It also diverts a large amount of dangerous waste and chemicals from landfills.

Every device produced has a carbon footprint and contributes to human-made global warming.

TCNZ senior policy manager Michael Dudley said the results have only been possible with the support of valued partners.

“We can achieve so much more when we all work together.

“It’s wonderful to see the good folk in Tairāwhiti making such great use of TCNZ’s free, safe, and responsible e-waste recycling programme.”

Mr Dudley said the organisation, the council and TEC joined forces in late-2021 and have made a major dent in the community’s e-waste stockpiles in such a short period.

“Special thanks to the council and TEC teams for helping TCNZ bring a much-needed e-waste recycling solution to the East Coast.”

On more than one occasion, Gisborne dispatched the most e-waste in the country and was the third top-performing region in the TCNZ national network.

TCNZ is a New Zealand not-for-profit organisation that provides a free national service to help Kiwi households and small businesses recycle their e-waste safely and responsibly.

Tairawhiti Environment Centre in Palmerston Road is open from 9am to 3pm Tuesday to Friday, and 11am to 1pm on Saturdays.

They do not accept televisions but do accept the following:

• Personal and laptop computers and associated cables

• Tablets, notebooks and palmtops

• Computer monitors and parts (for example internal hard drives and CD drives)

• Computer peripherals and accessories (for example mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs and modems)

• Printers, scanners, and multi-function devices

• Cameras and video cameras.

LOAD ‘EM UP: Truck driver Mark Ngaranoa loaded most of the crates of e-waste in Gisborne.Picture supplied


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