New Zealand Government

eDay takes aim at NZ’s electronic waste

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Source: New Zealand Government

Haul out that old Commodore 64 and ‘brick’ phone, because eDay is here again. eDay is designed to encourage the public to dispose of things like old computers and mobile phones in an environmentally sustainable way. It will be held on 4th of October in over thirty locations around New Zealand.

eDay will be operating in centres from Kaikohe in the north all the way through to Invercargill in the south. It’s free and you don’t even have to get out of your car! Just drive on up and the helpful volunteers will take care of your e-waste for you. There are certain things you can and can’t take however, so check the eDay website before you load up the boot.

eDay also plans to raise awareness of the potential dangers of electronic waste (e-waste) to the environment. Electronic waste can contain toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. There is a risk that the depositing of e-waste in landfills could result in these hazardous substances leaching into the surrounding land and waterways. Recycling means that the valuable material in e-waste can be recovered and reused, and the hazardous elements disposed of safely.

For more information, and to find your local eDay centre, check the eDay 2008 website. The organisers are also looking for volunteers, so let them know if you’d like to help.

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