Articles on e-waste and computer recycling

Dedicated to Australia : Electronic waste recycling for Australians, by Australians

The weather, our beaches, our heritage, our wonderful scenery, our exotic creatures, our skills on the Barbie…there are plenty of things that make Australia great and, at 1800Ewaste, we’re dedicated to keeping it that way. We’re passionate about diverting as much electronic waste from Australian landfill as humanly possible, by campaigning for electronic waste recycling across the country. A CRT monitor in landfill can last a lifetime The old style computer monitors and televisions are also known as CRT monitors and these monitors are jam packed with harmful chemicals. They have it all, from cadmium – a cancerous chemical, to lead and mercury. By

By |2022-04-27T20:01:40+10:00April 27th, 2022|Ewaste Articles|

Quick Tips for Easy E-Waste Disposal

In today’s society with our busy lifestyles and hectic schedules, we generally do not have time to consider things that do not significantly impact our daily lives such as E-Waste. Often, rather than consider recycling or proper e-waste disposal options, we just throw that old computer monitor or broken phone in the trash with the rest of our rubbish. Most people simply do not have the time to research and investigate how they can discard their old technology in the most environmentally friendly way. This article aims to provide simple and easy solutions for appropriate E-Waste disposal which will not only make your life

By |2022-03-28T21:01:25+11:00March 28th, 2022|Ewaste Articles|

Organising an Ewaste Collection for your Local Community

With Christmas on our doorstep and New Years just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about you New Years Resolution. Will you be joining the gym this January or giving up chocolate? Maybe you’re going for something different and you’ve decided to take up a hobby, or just have a new attitude towards life. Whatever your personal aims for 2011, why not think about changing the way you dispose of your electronic waste? Christmas is commonly a time when we, as consumers, go a little bit crazy. It’s the most common time of year for buying electrical goods, as we buy our

By |2022-02-26T21:01:03+11:00February 26th, 2022|Ewaste Articles|

National Recycling Week 2010

5 Reasons to Recycle your Electronics Waste with 1800Ewaste. We all know that we should recycle, but do we really know why? On the 88th to the 14th November, Planet Ark is launching National Recycling Week 2010 to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and to educate communities about waste management. With NRW2010 fast approaching, we thought it would be a good time to start considering the benefits of recycling our electronic waste. 1. We divert 95-98% of all the electronics waste that we collect, by weight, from landfill. When electronic waste is sent to landfill hazardous wastes can end up leaking into

By |2022-01-27T21:00:25+11:00January 27th, 2022|Ewaste Articles|

Product Stewardship Australia – An Ewaste Update

At 1800Ewaste we like to keep track of new and developing government initiatives towards electronic waste. If you’ve read our other articles, you’ll know that one such initiative we’ve followed closely is one put forward by Product Stewardship Australia. The PSA proposed a change to the way electronic waste was dealt with by passing back the responsibility of recycling to the manufacturer. However, according to the PSA the legislation aimed to be in place by 2011. We’re now nearly half way through the year and little seems to have changed in way of electronic waste recycling – so what has happened to the PSA? Government requests

By |2021-11-28T21:00:02+11:00November 28th, 2021|Ewaste Articles|

Australia’s E-Waste statistics

As a developed country, Australia’s E-Waste statistics are surprisingly shocking. E-Waste encompasses all old technology, cluttering your home, garages and landfill, either in a state of disrepair, obsolete, or simply something that has been replaced by its newer, shinier model. This includes microwaves, mobile phones, computers and everything in between. Unfortunately, as technology continues to improve, advance and be replaced at an exorbitant rate, the statistics continue to climb. Computers are considered to be the most frequently upgraded electronic device and as such contribute greatly to the disastrous E-Waste statistics. Within Australia, 500,000 computers were recycled in the year 2006. While this may at

By |2021-09-29T19:59:36+10:00September 29th, 2021|Ewaste Articles|

Why You Should Recycle Computer Monitors

With the transition into flat screen devices, low prices and the ever growing market for wider, yet more compact screens, computer monitors are fast becoming one of the most populous forms of E-Waste as new products flow into homes. With the harsh reality of 1.6 million computers in landfill, 1.8 million in storage and 5.3 million simply sitting around in 2006 compared to only 500,000 recycled, (in Australia alone) it is no wonder that computer monitors form a large part of E-Waste. It seems that as many are happy to dispose of their old monitors in the worst manner possible rather than recycle them,

By |2021-08-30T19:59:13+10:00August 30th, 2021|Ewaste Articles|

What happens to our Ewaste in Landfill?

When we get rid of our electronic waste, we often don’t think about where it will end up. I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of keeping our old cameras, laptops and televisions hoping to do some good with them, but eventually we just get fed up and end up just taking them to the dump. However, when you actually consider the damage that just one CRT television or monitor can do to our environment, wildlife and health, we might think again before sending our ewaste to landfill. How toxic is my electronic waste? LEAD – About 20% of a CRT television is made up

By |2021-07-31T19:02:30+10:00July 31st, 2021|Ewaste Articles|

Computer recycling in the age of electronic waste.

Computers… it seems we just can’t live without them, so lets learn to live with them, recycling computers is an important part of a sustainable future. The question is, what to do with your old computer when it’s no longer useful? Unfortunately, computer recycling is a relatively new term. Over the years millions of tonnes of computer equipment have ended up in landfill with dangerous toxic metals left to leach into the ground and eventually the waterways. Thankfully, just like bottles, plastic bags, cans etc. recycling will also be the answer for computers. What does computer recycling really mean? Computer recycling is a

By |2021-07-07T15:25:01+10:00June 1st, 2021|Ewaste Articles|

How the materials found in ewaste can affect human health and the environment.

Our electronic waste is filled with a veritable cocktail of toxic materials. Unfortunately when this ewaste is not recycled and simply thrown out with the garbage, ultimately ending up in landfill, it means both human health and the environment are at risk. A report by Environment Victoria and Total Environment Centre Inc entitled “Tipping Point: Australia’s E-Waste Crisis/2009/Update” states the following affects from materials found in ewaste. Lead This toxic material has a well-documented history of negative health affects including brain damage, hence it’s removal from paints and petrol. The introduction of lead to the food chain and atmosphere (through lead combustion) are the

By |2021-07-07T15:30:12+10:00May 2nd, 2021|Ewaste Articles|
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