Now that the e-waste collection day is over, there is no reason to stop ensuring that your electronic waste is always recycled in a responsible manner. This is NOT placing it outside your home for some curb collectors to pick up. Those items are often roughly stripped, exposing people to toxic chemicals, then dumped in nature.
On Saturday the Electronic Waste Association of SA (eWASA) had their second e-waste collection day countrywide. Below is a list of the collections points for you to visit whenever anything electronic breaks in your home or office. Ensure your waste enters a system which is certified and environmentally educated.
Everyone is encouraged to bring broken and unwanted electronic and electrical goods to a collection point near you for safe refurbishing or recycling. e-Waste includes PC’s, mobile phones, fridges, stoves, kettles, VCRs, electric drills, etc – in short anything that runs on electricity or requires a battery to operate. Batteries and energy saving lamps can be brought for recycling too.
During the February collection day, eWASA members companies collected more than 58 tonnes of e-waste. Waste in general, and e-waste specifically, is recognized as a potential source for job creation in the green economy. In 2011 the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) estimated 34 workers employed for every 1 100 tonnes of e-waste collected.