28 11, 2021

Product Stewardship Australia – An Ewaste Update

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

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

29 09, 2021

Australia’s E-Waste statistics

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

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cluttering your home, garages and landfill, either in a state of disrepair, obsolete, or simply something that has been replaced by its newer, shinier model.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

30 08, 2021

Why You Should Recycle Computer Monitors

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

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,

31 07, 2021

What happens to our Ewaste in Landfill?

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

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

1 06, 2021

Computer recycling in the age of electronic waste.

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

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

2 05, 2021

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

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

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

18 04, 2021

The Importance of Data Destruction in a computer based world.

By |2021-04-18T18:51:09+10:00April 18th, 2021|Ewaste Articles|

In today’s computer based society, gaining access to other people’s personal details has never been easier. Online social media only makes your personal details even more accessible as we literally post our most personal information on profiles for everyone to see. Sure, you can make your profile private and allow only your friends to see what kind of mood you’re in today, but that doesn’t mean that your private information isn’t still stored somewhere within the sites database. Identity theft and Fraud: Costly, Frightening and on the rise. Facebook has recently come under pressure after the details of 100million users were published on a

4 04, 2021

World Environment Day 2011 – A time to think about recycling your ewaste…

By |2021-04-04T18:50:32+10:00April 4th, 2021|Ewaste Articles|

The 5th June 2011, will see the United Nations celebrate its annual World Environment Day. Every year the UN use the 5th June to raise awareness of environmental issues facing the world today as well as encourage political action. This year’s theme focuses on Forests: Nature at your service and stresses the need to protect and support the world’s forests. World Environment Day - A good time to think about recycling your electronic waste Even though the United Nations might be concentrating their efforts on the forests this year, there are still hundreds of other ways that we can help look after our environment.

21 03, 2021

Electronic waste and office clear outs

By |2021-03-21T19:44:39+11:00March 21st, 2021|Ewaste Articles|

At 1800Ewaste we have always stressed the impact of technological advances and how it’s sent computers, telephones and multitudes of other electronics hurtling towards the dump faster than it takes to load a website. Businesses and offices across every industry are feeling the effects of this more than ever before. What happens at your office when a computer dies, or a mobile phone needs to be replaced? How about when you have your telephone network updated, or the fridge in the staff room breaks? We’re betting there’s a room in your office where obsolete electronics are sent to hang out when they stop working;

7 03, 2021

Why recycle electronic equipment?

By |2021-03-07T19:43:49+11:00March 7th, 2021|Ewaste Articles|

Electronic equipment has become completely disposable, it gets faster, smarter and cheaper everyday. If something breaks, it’s often cheaper to buy a new one than fix the old one. That’s all well and good, but the real question is what happens to the ‘old ones’? Don’t just think about the big ticket items like computers and mobile phones, stop and think about all of the other electrical equipment in your household…. alarm clock, blender, microwave, fridge, calculator, toys, video games, cameras, hair dryer…. and so the list goes on. As electronic equipment, of every kind, becomes more and more a part of our day-to-day

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