Somewhere Else's Problem - Electronic Waste in Central Australia

Alice Springs community members will have the opportunity to learn about how our electronic waste is managed at a free lunchtime seminar next Tuesday 14th November from 12 till 1pm at the Andy McNeill Room, Alice Springs Town Council.

Gideon Singer, a Fullbright PhD scholar from CQ University will present his research into electronic waste in Central Australia, including where electronic waste ends up and ways to live more sustainably with these devices. 

Hayley Michener, Environment Officer from the Alice Springs Town Council will also present local options for electronic waste recycling, including Council’s mobile phone and battery recycling facilities at the Alice Springs Public Library.

“Electronic waste is one of the world's fastest growing waste streams and can be characterized as both a toxin, due to the presence of heavy metals and toxic chemicals, and a valuable stock of recyclable and reusable materials. The most important thing is to keep them out of landfill,” said Rachel O’Leary, Science Engagement Officer at the Arid Lands Environment Centre. 

“Up to 90% of a computer or television can be recycled. By learning ways to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste, we can conserve and reuse these precious heavy metals and prevent these wastes from causing harm to human health and the environment”. 

“We urge community members and local businesses to come along and gain a greater understanding of how we can all better manage electronic waste in Central Australia,” Rachel O’Leary said.

This event is sponsored by the Federal Government’s Inspiring Australia program and forms part of Alice Springs Town Council’s National Recycling Week celebrations.

RSVPs for catering purposes are welcomed at Rachel.oleary@alec.org.au

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