Safer way to dispose of e-waste, paying zip

SHELLHARBOUR City residents can now dispose of any e-waste, such as televisions and computers, free of charge.

Shellharbour City Council has removed the charges for people wishing to dispose of e-waste as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

The scheme is a collaborative effort by those involved in producing, selling, using and disposing of e-waste products to reduce the amount of e-waste going into landfill sites.

"With advances in technology making new items often more cost effective than fixing old products, we are finding that more electronic waste is finding its way into landfill," Mayor Marianne Saliba said.

"Not only can e-waste products leach hazardous materials into the environment, they cost the community money in managing landfill expenses."

The council had been pursuing a company to manage the disposal of the e-waste for a number of years and has recently secured the services of Matthews Metal Management to do so.

"Council staff have relentlessly sought companies to provide this free recycling service for our community and are pleased to finally make this program available in our area and help decrease the amount of waste go to landfill," Cr Saliba said.

To access the free service, residents should take their e-waste to the Dunmore Recycling and Waste Disposal Depot.

A full list of items classified as e-waste is available from Shellharbour City Council by phoning 4221 6111, or from council's website.

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