Gladstone Regional Council's Manager Sustainability and Waste Management Charlie Sotiris has welcomed changes to the way council deals with e-waste. Photo James McGrath
Gladstone Regional Council's Manager Sustainability and Waste Management Charlie Sotiris has welcomed changes to the way council deals with e-waste. Photo James McGrath James McGrath

Win-win as e-waste recycled on the cheap

MORE than 14 tonnes of e-waste has been shipped out from the Gladstone area since a free collection service began in May, freeing up the tip and finding a second home for unloved electronics.

Computers, computer accessories, printers and cables have been shipped down to recycling centres in Brisbane by recycling company TechCollect, where they have been broken down and then recycled.

E-waste can contain substances such as mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, chlorine, bromine and a variety of phosphors; letting the waste sit in landfill is potentially dangerous.

The Gladstone Regional Council said it had been investigating an e-waste scheme for several years, but it was only recently that it became cheap enough thanks to the TechCollect-funded service.

Those interested in the service can take their e-waste to the Benaraby Landfill, Gladstone Transfer Station, or Agnes Water Transfer Station.