Electronic waste (E-Waste) is defined as obsolete, broken or end-of-life electrical devices. Examples include anything with a power cord or data capabilities - computers, fans, phones, printers, TV's etc. E-Waste is one of the fastest growing categories of hazardous waste in the world because of rapid technology change, low initial cost and planned obsolesence.
Most items of E-Waste contain recoverable metals such as copper, steel, aluminium and even tiny amounts of gold! They also often contain toxic materials like lead, phosphorus, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardant (BFR) plastics which can cause significant ill-health to humans and animals if ingested. It's really important to keep these toxic materials out of landfill to avoid leaching into the soil or groundwater to preserve the health of the ecosystem we rely on to breathe clean air, grow safe food and drink clean water.
For a small fee, you can drop off your e-waste at the Environment Centre, 1004 Karamu Rd North, Hastings for responsible, safe disposal. Please note that as a Not for Profit Trust we ask our customers to share in the cost.