Continuing its mission to divert valuable resources from landfill, Reverse Garbage, Australia’s largest creative reuse organisation, is collaborating with Reverse e-Waste* to provide a FREE e-waste drop off collection service at Reverse Garbage Marrickville.
According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics website (www.abs.gov.au), Australia is one of the largest users of electronic media, with e-Waste one of the fastest growing types of waste.
“More and more we are seeing e-Waste litter our streets,” said Reverse Garbage CEO Narelle Mantle. “We are proud to work with ‘Reverse e-Waste’ to offer our community the ability to safely dispose of their e-Waste. Items collected through our e-Waste drop off point will be available for creative reuse, or alternatively recycled by Reverse e-Waste.”
“Members of the community are welcome to drop off e-Waste items such as old PCs and laptops, mobile phones, VCR/DVD players, batteries, old television sets and much more. For a full listing of what we accept at our Marrickville site, please CLICK HERE.
Reverse Garbage and Reverse e-Waste will host a launch event at Reverse Garbage Marrickville, 12PM Wednesday 9 October 2013. All are welcome to visit the site, bring along any e-Waste items they would like to drop off and enjoy a BBQ lunch.
In addition, Reverse Garbage will showcase its line of handmade reuse furnishings and decorative items made exclusively from reuse. ‘RG ReStore’, the organisation’s name for the service, aims to restore items and upcycle materials found at Reverse Garbage to make quality home/office furnishings and decorative items for the home, office, retail, events and more.
Facts about e-Waste [Source: ABS Website: e-Waste]
- 17 million televisions and 37 million computers have been sent to landfill (up to 2008).
- 99% of Australian households have at least one television set, while 55% have a second set.
- Of the 15.7 million computers that reached their ‘end of life’ in Australia in 2007-08, only 1.5 million were recycled – that’s less the 10%.
- The cumulative volume of televisions and computers reaching the end of their useful life is expected to reach 181,000 tonnes or 44 million units by 2027-28.
- Australians buy more than 4 million computers and 3 million televisions annually.
- Older televisions that contain Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) have more than 2 kilograms of lead and account for the largest source of lead in the waste stream. Flat screen televisions contain less lead but more mercury.
- If 75% of the 1.5 million televisions discarded annually were recycled there would be savings of 23,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents, 520 mega litres of water, 400,000 gigajoules of energy and 160,000 cubic metres of landfill space.
* Note: Reverse Garbage and Reverse e-Waste (www.reverseewaste.com.au) are two separate entities.