A clear conscience

Want to dispose of your computer equipment and old mobile phone in an environmentally sustainable way?

Trinda Sowerby from Duffill Watts is coordinating this year’s eDay on October 4.

Then come along to a drive-through recycling event called eDay on Saturday October 4 at the Satara Coolstore on Totara St, Mount Maunganui, from 9am until 3pm.

The annual eDay event is the only community-driven, recycling event for dropping off computer items, including monitors, central processing units (CPUs) and printers, at no cost to the public.

The aim of eDay is to raise awareness about the environmental and health risks of electronic waste (e-waste) dumped in landfills.

E-waste can harm our environment, wildlife and human health if it is dumped into landfills. Putting e-waste into landfills is not a solution because it stores potentially toxic waste rather than allowing for recovery and re-use of valuable materials.

Last year Tauranga’s eDay was a great success, with 26 tonnes of computer equipment collected.

This year the event is being sponsored by Environment Bay of Plenty and Tauranga City Council and being co-coordinated by Duffill Watts. Satara has donated its coolstore for eDay.

The councils are looking for volunteers again this year to help support the event.

Environment Bay of Plenty pollution prevention manager Bruce Gardner says there are a variety of roles for volunteers. Volunteers were needed to direct traffic, survey drivers and help to remove computer equipment from cars.

“Support from volunteers for the eDay makes a big difference and the volunteers also get the satisfaction of knowing they have done their bit for our environment,” says Bruce. “Last year we had nearly 40 volunteers and we are keen to get the community behind eDay again this year.”

If you are interested in volunteering on the day, visit www.eday.org.nz to register or call Bruce Gardner at Environment Bay of Plenty on 0800 ENV BOP.


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