Marlborough’s new E-waste service has been so popular through its trial period that it will continue.
More than five tonnes of electronic gear was dropped off at the transfer station collection point during the three-month trial. Council’s solid waste manager Alec McNeil suspects this kind of volume could continue as people get to hear about the service – and because traditionally people start clearing out clutter when the weather warms up.
He asks that people sort out their e-waste from other recyclables and leave it at the e-waste facility itself rather than dumping it at the Resource Recovery Centre.
“It’s no more expensive for people to do it this way but some people don’t know, or can’t be bothered, to make two stops. But it’s very easy to put the old electronic gear on the top of your trailer so that you can drop that off first, on the way into the Resource Recovery Centre. And it will save double handling by staff.”
E-waste items are sent to Christchurch for processing so that any electronic components, metals or plastics can be re-used or recycled.
A scale of charges, from $5 to $15, helps to cover the cost of transporting materials south.