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The E-waste problem

This is a problem that is continually increasing as the years go by. Electronic waste – everyone wants the latest phone, the biggest TV, the smartest ipad, the fastest computer, the best remote control toys …. And so it goes on. So what do we do with the “old” ones, the “outdated” equipment?

A huge percentage of them will be sent to landfill. In Australia, household electronic waste is increasing at a rate which is three times the general waste increase. And this will keep on increasing. Only about 1 percent of TVs, or 10 percent of computers are recycled in Australia. A lot of consumers are keeping their old devices, thinking they might need them some time in the future.

A survey of 1000 people in Australia’s main cities indicates that about one third of them take e-waste to an appropriate designated collection site, and a quarter of them put their e-waste in their household rubbish bin, most likely ending up in landfill. Unfortunately those 1000 people surveyed are not representative of the general population. The proportions of people in the general population who recycle are significantly lower.

There are toxic chemicals in this e-waste, such as mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium. Obviously this contamination is deleterious to the health of the land, the animals, and the people, and is likely to go on increasing.

Some basic, sensible options for unwanted electronic equipment, include donating or selling unwanted applicances, toys, ipads etc; see if you can repair them before throwing them out; and recycle – recycle – recycle! The website for Clean Up Australia will help you find a recycler in your vicinity. Look at the National TV & Computer Recycling Scheme website for more instructions on how you can dispose of your computers and tvs. The Mobile Muster is the best way to deal with your phones. Check them out.

Nearly all the electronic components can be recycled. As well as glass and plastic, devices contain metals including cobalt, tin, antimony, and precious metals platinum, gold, silver are also able to be retrieved. In fact a tonne of circuit boards can yield more gold than 100 tonnes of unprocessed gold ore.

If you have checked out all the websites, and come to the conclusion that it is too difficult for you to decide what to do with your e-waste, don’t just give up and throw it in the bin. Contact a reputable e waste rubbish removal company. Not only do they deal with old furniture and white goods, or garden rubbish and broken down vehicles, they know precisely what to do with electronic waste.

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How’s your garage?

Is it stuffed? Do you use your garage for the purpose of storing the stuff you don’t want in your house? Everyone has rubbish. Usually the dirty rubbish gets put into the bin and your council picks it up and gets rid of it But the clean rubbish …. Maybe we will need it some time in the future. Don’t get rid of it yet. We may need that bubble wrap, that old cupboard, that three-legged chair, so put it in the garage for the time being.

But the garage has another purpose. Number 1 purpose is to provide under cover parking for your motor vehicle. Number 2 purpose is to provide storage for such things as garden tools, mowers, ladders, bikes, boogey boards, beach umbrellas, and other things that are used at particular times of the year, but not necessarily every day or even every week. 

So it seems that even if you have a big garage, the items needing to the kept there keep multiplying so that they fill up every available space. The clothes dryer broke down … get a new one, put the old one in the garage. The kid has outgrown his bike … his toys … his bed …..put them in the garage.

Does your resident handyman like to work on his projects in the garage? And is there a lot of detritus created by said projects? Of course there is. But does said detritus stay in the garage until the next time? Of course it does. Eventually things get to breaking point and the wife says in a sweet voice, “Honey, Huunnee, Will you CLEAN UP THE GARAGE”.

So a few weeks later, when you can’t find the mower, it’s in the back there somewhere, you have to do something about the stuff in the garage.

Get serious. Sort it out into KEEP, DONATE and THROW categories. Then sort out the KEEPERS so that similar items can be stored together. This makes it easier to find things. Get hold of some of those crates that are readily available at the big hardwares or reject shops, and small items can go in there. Label the boxes so you can find the things again. Bigger items can be stored on shelves, or hung from hooks. Carefully assess the space in the garage, so there is going to be enough room for the car to open its doors. Then you may consider enclosed storage cabinets, workshop type benches with peg boards for tools, etc.  It all depends on forward planning.

And if you need help with the DONATE and THROW categories, look around for a reliable rubbish remover, who can pick it all up and dispense it in the appropriate directions. Have a tour through the rest of the house, because if you’re going to use a rubbish remover, maybe there are other things that can go along at the same time. The old clothes in the back of the wardrobe that were tossed in there a few years ago. The old blankets you don’t need any more because the new quilts do the job exceedingly well. There must be heaps of things that can be culled while you are about it.

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