Burdekin e-waste facility closes

Burdekin Shire Council’s e-waste facility at the Ayr Waste Transfer Station has closed.

Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said low e-waste targets set by the Federal Government were to blame for the closure.

“The company which had been collecting the e-waste has advised that due to reductions in recycling targets it would not continue to take our e-waste,” he said.

“The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme set a reduced volume target for 2014/15, which means the collection companies don’t have to gather as much waste to reach the target.

“This reduction has seen many recycling points across the state being closed as the companies are reaching their target volume through one large council and not have to transport waste from smaller centres, such as the Burdekin.”

Mr Mulcahy said the e-waste facility, which collected materials such as televisions and computers, had been well supported by the Burdekin community.

“Last year we collected more than 32 tonnes of e-waste in the Burdekin,” he said.

“Our e-waste had been going to the Endeavour Foundation in Townsville where it was broken down into components for recycling.”

Mr Mulcahy said Council was trying to negotiate with a different contractor to take the Shire’s e-waste.

“This may take some time to secure given the reduction in targets and the difficulties already experienced elsewhere in the state.”

 

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