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Computers are classed as electronic waste (e-waste). E-waste contains toxic and hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated fire retardants.

Items containing these substances are damaging to the environment and should not be sent to landfill. Computers also often contain valuable metals such as gold and copper. If disposed of correctly, the recyclable components can be recovered for re-use and hazardous materials can be treated appropriately.

Will SUEZ accept my computers or E-waste?
SUEZ is able to provide a full e-waste collection and computer recycling service that will collect and dispose of your e-waste ethically and responsibly. To book an e-waste collection please contact our Customer Service Centre on 13 13 35.

Some SUEZ facilities will also accept deliveries of household quantities of E-waste (computers and televisions) free of charge. Click here for site locations and acceptance criteria.

What else can I do with my computers or E-waste?
Some Councils offer an e-waste collection at nominated times throughout the year. Check with your local council for more information on safe ways to dispose of your household e-waste.

Besides recycling computer equipment you could reuse it by:
• Giving it to a family member or friend
• Donating it to local schools or charities

Reducing electronic waste doesn't just mean recycling old equipment. You can also:
• Extend the life of your computer by buying an upgradeable model, or upgrading components - such as your video card or RAM - before replacing the whole system;
• Consider buying computers and peripherals from refurbishing centres to encourage more computer recycling initiatives; and
• Don't let old computers sit around the house unused. The sooner you recycle it, the more chance it will be useful to someone else.

Remember: Always remove your files from the computer before you dispose of it.

For some interesting facts on e-waste, refer to the SUEZ E-waste Fact Sheet

 

 

 

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