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E-waste Recycling in Melbourne

As Australians increase their reliance on technology, e-waste is becoming a big problem in Melbourne and the rest of the nation. In our tech-savvy world, it has become a trend to constantly update our electronic devices on a regular basis. While the technological advancements are welcome, it means we’re left with a whole lot of electronic devices we don’t need anymore, resulting in the need for disposal.

What is e-waste?

E-waste stands for electronic waste and includes any unwanted, obsolete or unusable electronic product. To be considered as e waste, an item must comprise an electrical component or circuitry, and feature either a battery or power supply. E-waste products include mobile phones, computers, IT & telecommunications equipment, audio visual and home entertainment systems and more.

Why is e-waste disposal a problem in Melbourne and beyond?

With the world’s e-waste surpassing 40 million tonnes a year, it is becoming a major global problem. Currently, the dumped e-waste creates a valuable treasure trove, with an estimated $52 billion worth of recyclable materials believed to be amongst the discarded electronics. Prized materials within the waste include gold, silver, copper and iron.

In comparison to the massive dump, a meagre 6.5 million tonnes of e-waste was recycled last year. At the rate, e-waste is multiplying and looks set to top the 50-million-tonne mark if serious recycling plans are not implemented.

E-waste is a major concern as it not only pollutes our world but also contains hazardous materials including heavy metals and glass. Unfortunately, when these materials are broken or damaged, they pose an unacceptable environmental hazard. Therefore, it is highly recommended that e-waste is not disposed of with general rubbish as it ends up in our landfills.

E-waste disposal in Melbourne – What can you get rid of?

United Star Resource takes care of your e-waste recycling in Melbourne. Businesses and households have varying needs for e-waste recycling, but in general, these are the types of products, which we are able to collect and recycle:

  • Phones – Mobile and landline
  • Computers – PC’s, Laptops, tablet computers, tower servers
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Consumer Electronics – flat TVs, VCR’s, DVD players, projectors, etc.
  • Monitors – LCD, LED, flat
  • Copiers, printers, scanners, fax machines
  • IT equipment – Cabinet Servers, etc.
  • Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)
  • Miscellaneous IT accessories – Mice, cables, keyboards, webcams
  • Storage media – hard-drives, memory cards, etc.
  • Scientific and medical equipment (non-contaminated)
  • Others

If you would like assistance with your e-waste disposal in Melbourne, contact United Star Resource today by calling (03) 9314 3368.