E-waste recycling – from Cape York to the Apple Isle

With over 100 permanent drop-off sites around Australia, the TechCollect program provides a free e-waste recycling service to all corners of the country, including some of Australia’s most remote communities.

This is the TechCollect site at Ramingining Community in East Arnhem Land. During the wet season each year recycling gets put on hold, and the Council undertakes an e-waste drive with local businesses and communities to collect unwanted e-waste.

This is the TechCollect site at Ramingining Community in East Arnhem Land. During the wet season each year recycling gets put on hold, and the Council undertakes an e-waste drive with local businesses and communities to collect unwanted e-waste.

 

Here is an image of e-waste collection in progress from a number of East Arnhem’s very remote island communities. The TechCollect site at East Arnhem Land Council services nine remote communities in the Top End - Galiwinku (Nhulunbuy), Angurugu, Umbakumba, Yirrkala, Marngarr – Gunyangara, Gapuwiyak, Milingimbi (Maningrida), Milyakburra, and Ramingining Communities. We have recently processed 900kg of e-waste collected from these communities, which was predominately IT equipment, and could have otherwise ended up in landfill.

Here is an image of e-waste collection in progress from a number of East Arnhem’s very remote island communities. The TechCollect site at East Arnhem Land Council services nine remote communities in the Top End – Galiwinku (Nhulunbuy), Angurugu, Umbakumba, Yirrkala, Marngarr – Gunyangara, Gapuwiyak, Milingimbi (Maningrida), Milyakburra, and Ramingining Communities. We have recently processed 900kg of e-waste collected from these communities, which was predominately IT equipment, and could have otherwise ended up in landfill.

 

The image below is a recent container-load of e-waste collected on Thursday Island, north of the mainland of Cape York Peninsula. The e-waste travels on a barge to the mainland, and is then transported by road to Cairns to be responsibly recycled.

This image features a recent container-load of e-waste collected on Thursday Island, north of the mainland of Cape York Peninsula. The e-waste travels on a barge to the mainland, and is then transported by road to Cairns to be responsibly recycled.

 

At the beginning of the year we partnered with Litchfield Council and opened a TechCollect drop-off site in Humpty Doo near Darwin (picture below). This is our first permanent TechCollect site in the area and we are very excited to be able to provide our service to communities here.

At the beginning of the year we partnered with Litchfield Council and opened a TechCollect drop-off site in Humpty Doo near Darwin (picture above). This is our first permanent TechCollect site in the area and we are very excited to be able to provide our service to communities here.

 

Karratha residents and surrounding communities can now drop off their e-waste at Gap Ridge, as we have just partnered with their local waste transfer station. The e-waste featured in the images below is being prepared for palletisation and shrink-wrapping.

Karratha residents and surrounding communities can now drop off their e-waste at Gap Ridge, as we have just partnered with their local waste transfer station. The e-waste featured in these images is being prepared for palletisation and shrink-wrapping.

 

Karratha 1 2018

 

Karratha 2 2018

 

We now have three TechCollect e-waste drop-off sites in Tasmania, servicing both the north and south of the state. They are situated in Mowbray, Baretta and Mooreville. Pictured above are full stillages at our Launceston site.

We now have three TechCollect e-waste drop-off sites in Tasmania, servicing both the north and south of the state. They are situated in Mowbray, Baretta and Mooreville. Pictured below are full stillages at our Launceston site.

 

All e-waste we collect is responsibly recycled. At least 90% of the materials are recovered and used in the manufacturing of new products.

People in some of the remotest parts of the continent are doing their bit for the environment by working with TechCollect to ensure better recycling outcomes. You can too. To find your nearest TechCollect drop-off site, simply enter your postcode here.