Contract signed for e-waste recovery

Waitaki Resource Recovery Park's Dave Clare (left) and Bev Searle prepare electronic waste for...
Waitaki Resource Recovery Park's Dave Clare (left) and Bev Searle prepare electronic waste for transportation to Christchurch under a new contract with E Cycle Ltd. Photo: David Bruce
An agreement with a New Zealand company has given the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park a new outlet for electronic waste, meaning it can now recycle everything from computers to microwaves.

The park, in Chelmer St, Oamaru, has been accepting electronic waste, but not encouraging drop-offs because it had no outlet after a nation-wide, Government-funded campaign to hand in old televisions ended in August 2013.

About 1800 televisions were sent away from the Waitaki District in that campaign.

The park's business manager, Dave Clare, said a 12-month agreement had been signed with E Cycle Ltd in Christchurch after a satisfactory four-month trial.

At this stage, items could be dropped off at recycling centres in Oamaru and Palmerston. It was hoped Hampden would also join the scheme.

He expected between eight to 10 pallets a week would be sent to Christchurch, based on previous demand.

The charge to dispose of the e-waste would still be from $3 for simple pieces of equipment to $40 for large, old televisions.

The park broke down the computers it received, providing local employment, work experience and getting a higher price.

Can be recycled:
-Televisions (tubes and flat screens).
-Desktop PCs.
-Laptops, servers and server racks.
-Monitors (tubes and flat screens).
-Photocopiers.
-Audio visual equipment.
-Phones, fax machines.
-Home appliances.

david.bruce@odt.co.nz

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