NBN rollout ramping up the e-rubbish

October 09, 2017

TO coincide with the rollout of the National Broadband Network, Campaspe Shire Council is rolling out a modem recycling program.

Teaming up with neighbourhood and community houses across the shire, the council is urging the community to drop off their old modems and connecting cables.

“Council’s modem recycling initiative is a great way to easily dispose of electronic parts that are no longer required,” mayor Adrian Weston said.

Obsolete modems are classified as electronic waste (eWaste) and are recyclable.

More than 95 per cent of the components of a computer modem are recyclable.

This is achieved through a manual dismantling process which sorts the parts for recycling, including plastic and metal.

Modems can be dropped off at any of the following participating outlets:

■Kyabram Community and Learning Centre 21-25 Lake Rd, Kyabram.

■Rochester Community House 43-45 MacKay St, Rochester.

■Echuca Neighbourhood House 261 High St, Echuca.

■Crossenvale Community House Boothman St, Echuca

■Tongala Community Activities Centre 94 Mangan St, Tongala.

■Girgarre Community Cottage 27 Olympic St, Girgarre.

■Rushworth Community House 67 High St, Rushworth.

■Lockington Neighbourhood House 9-11 Lockington Rd, Lockington.

“Residents can also deliver their modems to their nearest Campaspe Shire transfer station free of charge,” Cr Weston added.

Electronic waste must not be placed in the kerbside yellow-lid recycle bin as they cannot be processed with other recycling due to their size, complex composition and hazardous materials.

Council currently has an eWaste recycling service which accepts electronic waste for free at Echuca Environment Centre and Mt Scobie (Kyabram) Transfer Station, and for a small fee at all other transfer stations for transportation and processing. Items include televisions, computers, monitors, printers, computer parts and accessories.

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