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Dispose of old computers with a clear conscience

Dispose of old computers with a clear conscience
For immediate release: Friday 5 September 2008
Want to dispose of your computer equipment and old mobile phone in an environmentally sustainable day?
Then come along to a drive through recycling event called eDay on Saturday 4 October at the Satara Cool Store on Totara Street, Mount Maunganui, from 9am until 3pm
The annual eDay event is the only community-driven, recycling event for dropping off computer items, including monitors, central processing units (CPUs) and printers, at no cost to the public.
The aim of eDay is to raise awareness about the environmental and health risks of electronic waste (e-waste) dumped in landfills.
E-waste can harm our environment, wildlife and human health if it is dumped into landfills. Putting e-waste into landfills is not a solution because it stores potentially toxic waste rather than allowing for recovery and re-use of valuable materials.
Last year Tauranga’s eDay was a great success and we collected 26 tonnes of computer equipment, which is greater than the weight of five elephants.
This year the event is being sponsored by Environment Bay of Plenty and Tauranga City Council and being co-coordinated by Duffill Watts. Satara has donated its cool store for eDay.
We are looking for volunteers again this year to help support the event.
Environment Bay of Plenty pollution prevention manager Bruce Gardner said there were a variety of roles for volunteers. Volunteers were needed to direct traffic, survey drivers and help to remove computer equipment from cars.
“Support from volunteers for the eDay makes a big difference and the volunteers also get the satisfaction of knowing they have done their bit for our environment,” Mr Gardner said. “Last year we had nearly 40 volunteers and we are keen to get the community behind eDay again this year.”
If you are interested in volunteering on the day visit www.eday.org.nz to register or call Bruce Gardner at Environment Bay of Plenty on 0800 ENV BOP.

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