''Study suggests the increased dumping of used computers, mobile phones and other electronic equipment poses a serious threat to health and the environment''
In British Columbia (not sure about the rest of Canada) we have something called a return it depot, where you can bring back pretty much anything recyclable.
so any bottles, like beer bottles or pop cans or what have you, as well as used TVS, Computers, Monitors, cell phones, and they strip it for parts and recycle what they can, and dispose of the stuff they can't use safely.
Australia's official mobile/cell phone industry recycling program is called MobileMuster
You'll see the MobileMuster collection boxes in public libraries and mobile phone shops/outlets, which now reminds me to drop off two of my old mobile phones still sitting in my drawer.
There are e-waste collection and recycling centers here in Australia where you can drop off e-waste (electronic devices and electrical appliances). You can also call an e-waste number and they will collect your electronic waste from your home for a fee
. The Brisbane City council
has collection bins where people can drop off e-waste for FREE
, but only on certain date (I'm not sure about the city councils in other states).
Our City Council also offers a free kerbside green waste
and kerbside general items collections
for residents to help to clean up around their home and garden. During the collection week, people in their pickup truck drive around town/suburbs to see what they can hunt.
One man's trash is another man's treasure
. I usually sift through our old stuff and donate the good ones that can be re-used to Charity Organization first, then put the rest on the kerbside for the treasure hunters to make good use of. By the time the city council collection truck comes, there aren't much left to pickup. I must add that I also asked our neighbor across the road if she wants our old Christmas tree 'cos it has a sentimental value and don't want it to end up in the landfill. I also gave her our ice cream maker that we only used twice ! 😊
Every household also has their own recycling bin. We have a 240L gray bin
for general waste (which is collected once a week) and another 240L yellow bin
for all recyclable materials such as papers, plastic/glass bottles etc. (collected once a fortnight).