Don’t throw it out, bring it in. That’s the catch cry that Sutherland Shire Council and Techcollect

want residents of the Shire to remember and drop off their e-waste to be recycled.

Council is partnering with not-for-profit e-waste recycling service provider Techcollect to provide an e-waste collection on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February at Bellingara Netball Courts, corner Bellingara Road and Box Road, Miranda.

Computer equipment, any brand of desktop or laptop computer, monitors, mice, keyboards, cables, drives and computer-related peripherals will be accepted, as well as home office equipment, printers, scanners and televisions.

“E-waste is growing at a faster rate than any other type of waste in Australia,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor, Kent Johns.

“Most households have at least one computer and we live our lives surrounded by technology. It’s important that we think about how we dispose of these items once they reach the end of their serviceable life.

Once collected e-waste is separated and dismantled by hand and machine at Techcollect centres. Plastics, metals, cables, wiring, batteries, toner, circuit boards and glass are grouped together and then processed further or sold as raw materials for new goods.

If e-waste is placed into household recycling bins it cannot be recycled as sorting stations are not equipped to handle electrical items, meaning the e-waste goes to landfill. E-waste requires specialist disposal technology to meet strict health and safety guidelines.

More information on where e-waste can be disposed of at other times of the year is available online at www.techcollect.com.au.