In New Zealand, the amount of electronic waste (e-waste) generated is rising. Recycling your e-waste ensures it stays out of landfill and is disposed of properly.
The average New Zealander produces over 21kg of electronic waste every year.
For a long time, New Zealand has lacked e-waste recycling programmes, meaning most old electronic equipment was diverted to landfills, where it breaks down into the soil and water table.
The mission of e-waste recycling programmes in New Zealand is to minimise the environmental impact of electronic devices, which often contain toxic materials. By keeping e-waste out of our landfills, these programmes help reduce pollution and keep our environment clean. E-waste recycling also contributes to a more circular economy, where materials are recovered and reused.
Recycling e-waste is important in preventing toxic materials from seeping into the environment. Many electronic devices, such as smartphones, computers, and televisions, contain hazardous materials, including lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants. If these aren't properly disposed of, they can seep into the soil, waterways, and air, posing serious risks to human health and ecosystems.
Safely handling and recycling e-waste can contain and properly dispose of these hazardous materials. It's important that private citizens take responsibility for disposing of their e-waste correctly.
Local councils and waste management companies around New Zealand have established e-waste recycling facilities. These facilities provide residents with accessible options for disposing of their e-waste safely.
TechCollect is a nationwide e-waste recycling initiative. TechCollect operates multiple drop-off points across the country, including locations in Christchurch. Through TechCollect, individuals and businesses can easily and responsibly dispose of their unwanted electronic devices, ensuring that valuable materials are recovered and recycled.
Some businesses also offer electronic waste recycling. Noel Leeming partners with Tech Collect and offers free e-waste collection at 27 of their stores throughout the country. Warehouse Stationery also partners with Tech Collect and offers recycling at six of its stores.
Various electronic devices can be disposed of through proper recycling channels. These include but are not limited to:
Computers and laptops
Mobile phones and tablets
Printers, scanners, and photocopiers
Televisions and monitors
Audio and video equipment
Kitchen appliances (e.g., microwaves, blenders)
Electronic toys and gaming consoles
Batteries and chargers
Auckland Council accepts hazardous waste at several of their transfer stations across the city, including Waitākere, Waiheke, and Silverdale.
Junk Run accepts electronic waste from anything that is powered with a cord or battery, including household appliances. They have collection areas in West Auckland, East Auckland, North Shore, South Auckland and Auckland City.
Computer Recycling is located in Auckland and has frequent pick-up locations and days for recycling electronic waste.
Wellington City Council Southern Landfill provides e-waste recycling services at 223 Happy Valley Road, Owhiro Bay.
The Sustainability Trust accepts the drop-off of electronic equipment and e-waste for recycling. They are located in Foresters Lane, Te Aro.
EcoDrop Styx Mill has three locations around Christchurch, including Bromley, Styx Mill and Parkhouse Road.
Kilmarnock offers an E-Recycling drop-off facility in Wigram, Christchurch which accepts most e-waste and household appliances for recycling.
Recycle IT services the Hamilton City and Waikato District area and accepts a wide range of electrical equipment regardless of age or condition.
Service Industries NZ are located in Frankton and services the Hamilton and Waikato areas.
Cargill Enterprises accepts e-waste drops offs at 199 Hillside Road, South Dunedin.
Recycle South is a not-for-profit that accepts donations of e-waste. They accept computers and appliances for recycling.
Nelson Environment Centre Provides e-waste recycling services at 6 Vivian Place Annesbrook.
The Junction accepts a wide variety of e-waste for disposal and recycling for a small fee.
Palmerston North City Council The Transfer Station located at 200 Ferguson Street they accept household batteries, appliances, mobile phones and other e-waste for recycling.
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