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Dramatic increase in ACT e-waste

Canberrans recycled almost 2000 tonnes of televisions and computers over a seven month period last year, more than double the amount of e-waste collected throughout the entire 2010-11 financial year.

Approximately 10 tonnes of e-waste was received on average each day since the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was introduced in May till the end of November, totalling 1914 tonnes between the Mitchell and Mugga Lane Transfer Stations.

Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said the number of e-waste collection sites throughout the capital was expected to increase in the future.

“Having multiple providers in the marketplace will lead to more options for the community on how they dispose of their unwanted televisions and computers,” he said.

DHL Supply Chain Pty Limited currently provides the service, which excludes mobile phones, DVD players and video recorders.