Get rid of all your e-waste

2016-06-16 06:00
Get rid of all your electronic gadgetry by supporting the e-waste day on Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00 at Albertyn sports grounds in Uitenhage.  Photo: SUPPLIED

Get rid of all your electronic gadgetry by supporting the e-waste day on Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00 at Albertyn sports grounds in Uitenhage. Photo: SUPPLIED

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Outdated electronic software and other household electronic equipment often are cluttered in cupboards or garages. This not only takes up space which could rather be utilized more productively, but also causes frustration when you can’t find what you are looking for.

“This frustration can end on Saturday as all your electronic waste is wanted for recycling,” said Melinda Labuscagne, project manager for some Integrated Waste Management Plan Projects.

E-waste is defined as anything that runs on electricity and this gadgetry is full of lead, mercury, chemicals and other materials.

According to EP Waste Management approximately 70 to 80 percent of all this old gadgetry goes straight to landfills. When dumped at landfill sites it can leach into the soil and contaminate groundwater.

“These electrical items are taken to recycling facilities where they are dismantled to reclaim the various component materials like precious metals, ferrous metals and plastics.”

E-waste collection day at Albertyn

On Saturday, June 18th from 09:00 to 13:00 the public are invited to bring all their old electronic gadgetry to the Albertyn sports ground (opposite Uitenhage Railway Station).

“The previous e-wast days held at Albertyn were well supported with more than 2 tons of electrical material received,” said Labuscagne.

The next e-waste day to be held at Albertyn in conjunction with the Institute of Waste Management will be on Saturday, September 10th.

  • For more information regarding e-waste contact Brandt Kritzinger on 072 248 8684.

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