From Sustainability Coordinator, Ms Emily Pace
When electronic items are sent to landfill, they can leach toxic or hazardous substances into our soil and possibly contaminate surface and ground water. These items contain valuable or non-renewable resources such as rare earth metals and plastics, which can be recovered and incorporated into new products.
Foil, silver and copper can be recovered from mobile phones and tablets. Batteries can be dismantled and made into new batteries. Plastics, metals and ink can be recovered from printer cartridges.
At Waverley College, we’re fortunate to have our own tricky e-waste recycling bin, located at the far end of the front reception area. Please continue to bring in any electronic items so that we, as a community, can improve our sustainability by recycling these valuable resources. At the last pick up, we recycled 44 kilos of batteries, 13 kilos of ink cartridges and 28 kilos of general e-waste.
Items that can be added to the bin include:
- Household batteries
- Ink Cartridges
- Chargers and other electrical accessories
Sustainability Group meets every Tuesday lunchtime in E04. All students are welcome to join!