Electronic waste (or E-waste) is pre-loved technology. E-waste covers broken, end-of-life electrical devices such as computers, fans, phones, printers, and televisions. It is one of the fastest growing categories of hazardous waste in the world due to rapid technology change and low manufacturing cost.
Almost all electronic items contain recoverable metals such as copper, steel, aluminium and even gold. Certain items also 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 is very important to keep these toxic materials out of our landfill to ensure there is no risk of these toxic properties leaching into the soil or groundwater. This helps to ensure preservation of the health of the ecosystem we rely on to breathe clean air, grow safe food and drink clean water.
Hawke's Bay Environment Centre is the place to go to dispose of your electronic waste correctly, where it will be sent off for dismantling and recycling.
If your item is still in good working order, why not support local businesses and donate it to a charity or second-hand shop.