East Arnhem partnerships boost e-waste recycling

East Arnhem Regional Council and schools across East Arnhem Land have teamed up in a huge e-waste recycling effort.

Council’s Regional Environmental and Waste Team, Matthew Garner and Annette Lane have been working with Shepherdson College, Yirrkala School and Ramingining School to identify and remove ute loads of e-waste that the schools are no longer using, and are in discussions with other organisations across the Region offering the same collective opportunity.

E-waste includes items such as computers, laptops, monitors, batteries, mobile phones and used toner and ink cartridges, and when sent to landfill can have highly negative impacts on the environment and residents. With the perpetual advances in technology, low purchase costs, and regular replacement opportunities, the East Arnhem Region has seen a significant increase in outdated e-waste around our communities and in landfills.

East Arnhem Regional Council worked with the three schools to identify appropriate e-waste which was currently awaiting disposal, and coordinated a removal day to ensure these items did not end up as part of the landfill on the island.

The successful effort resulted in the palleting, wrapping and removal of approximately:

  • 108 laptops
  • 35 desktop computers
  • over 45 large & small printers
  • 3 monitors
  • 5 hard drives
  • UPS (uninterruptible power supply) 
  • 2 servers
  • 35kg of computer cables

Gapuwiyak School is all prepped with 3 pallets of e-waste ready for collection next week.

Council recently entered into a sponsorship agreement with Sea Swift  which will see all recyclable materials transported for free from our nine remote communities back to Darwin via Sea Swifts regular barge services at no cost for the next 2 years. This relationship enables Council to focus on improving environmental management of our landfill operations and creating a more sustainable future for this generation and for generations to come.

East Arnhem Regional Council President, Banambi Wunungmurra is excited about the increase recycling efforts across the region.

“I’m extremely proud of the work we at Council are doing to reduce the ecological footprint on our nine communities. Partnerships like these with Sea Swift and Schools play a big role in assisting Council to recycle the past to preserve our communities and the environments future” said President Wunungmurra.

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