Out with the old: PMB dumps e-waste

2013-10-21 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG residents had a chance to get rid of their old computer monitors, microwaves, and other electronics that were cluttering up their storerooms or garages on Friday.

Liberty Midlands Mall in partnership with Re-ethical, Jeffares and Green and the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa held an e-waste collection to help people properly dispose of old electronics.

There are many chemical elements and heavy metals contained in electronics that may become hazardous if not disposed of properly. This can lead to serious health and environmental issues. All the e-waste collected will be refurbished, repaired, dismantled or safely disposed of.

“Increased e-waste is a result of socio-economic factors. As the middle income group grows they get more access to services and electronics. Thus there is more e-waste. This is a growing problem throughout the country,” said Grant von Mayer of engineering and environmental company Jeffares and Green.

Last year Pietermaritzburg collected the most electronics in the country during the annual e-waste collection day, a massive 3,5 tons. This year the collecting group hoped to exceed that figure.

Suvritha Ramphal of Jeffares and Green believed that they would reach that goal this year: “The collection went really well. I’m confident we will collect more e-waste than we did last year.”

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