North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo and Southern Moreton Bay islands communities will benefit from an electronic waste collection in February.
Mayor Karen Williams said electronic waste was the fastest growing type of waste worldwide and most could be recycled.
“We all have a part to play in how we dispose of e-waste and conserve valuable resources,” she said.
“Australians generate about 53kg of e-waste per household every year and 80 per cent of that is sent to landfill.
“This special collection will give our island residents an opportunity to clear out old e-waste sitting around their homes.”
Cr Williams said electronic waste contained valuable resources, including rare minerals, steel, iron, copper, aluminium, recyclable plastic and glass.
“Recovering these resources reduces our need to extract raw material through mining,” she said.
“As a nation, we buy more than four million computers and three million televisions every year, so the issue is significant.
“I know island residents have been asking for this service and that’s why I am asking them to take unwanted e-waste to their local transfer stations for collection and recycling during the collection period.
“There is no charge to residents to drop off their e-waste and it will be collected by a licenced e-waste management contractor, dismantled and sorted into each recyclable material type in Brisbane for resale and further recycling.”
Island residents can deliver their electronic waste to one of the island waste transfer stations listed below from Friday 7 to Wednesday 22 February, 2020 during normal opening hours.
Electronic waste includes:
- Televisions (rear projection, plasma, LED, CRT, LCD)
- Computer equipment, including laptop, notebook and desktop computers, and individual parts such as central processing units and motherboards; and peripheral items, including printers, scanners, fax machines, web cameras, hard and floppy drives, mouse and trackball, and keyboards
- Kitchen and bathroom appliances that have circuit boards such as toasters, kettles, hairdryers and shavers
Large whitegoods, including refrigerators and washing machines, can be delivered to waste transfer stations as scrap metal at any time during the stations’ normal opening hours.
Island businesses can deliver household equivalent amounts of electronic waste at no charge for collection and are urged to contact Council on 3829 8999 (8am–5pm; Monday–Friday) for advice if they have larger amounts to dispose of.
Island waste transfer stations
Please note, Karragarra Island and Lamb Island residents can deliver electronic waste to a waste transfer station on either Russell Island or Macleay Island.
Coochiemudlo Island: Elizabeth Street
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am–12pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am–2pm
Macleay Island: Eastern Road
Saturday and Sunday 8am–4pm
Russell Island: Davidson Road
Saturday and Sunday: 8am–4pm
North Stradbroke Island: East Coast Road
Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am–3pm