Electronic waste (or e-waste) is pre-loved technology. E-waste includes broken or 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 changes and low manufacturing costs.
Almost all electronic items contain recoverable metals such as copper, steel, aluminium and even gold. Some devices 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 materials out of our landfill to ensure there is no risk of the toxic properties leaching into the soil or groundwater. This helps to keep the ecosystem we rely on for clean air, food and drinking water safe.
Hawke's Bay Environment Centre is the place to go to dispose of your electronic waste correctly. From there it is sent off for dismantling and recycling.
If your electronic item is still in good working order, consider supporting the local community by donating it to a charity or second-hand shop.