Buller District Council

Free e-waste disposal now available in Buller

15th July, 2021

Buller District Council, Smart Environmental Ltd (SEL), and TechCollect NZ (TCNZ) have partnered to provide residents and small businesses with a responsible e-waste recycling solution in Buller.

TCNZ’s pilot programme will start at the Westport and Reefton Transfers on Saturday, 17 July 2021. Residents and small businesses can drop off accepted e-waste items during opening hours for free until the end of the pilot programme on Friday, 31 December 2021.

Accepted e-waste items include computers, laptops, notebooks, tablets, palmtops, CRT monitors and projectors, LCD, flat panel monitors, printers, scanners, multi-functional devices, cameras, video cameras and computer peripherals, including power supplies and adaptors.

TVs, whitegoods, consumer electronics, loose batteries, toners, ink cartridges, and cell phones are not accepted. Cell phones, cell phone chargers and cables can be dropped off at Council’s office in Westport and are recycled via RE:mobile; a free national cellular phone recycling scheme.

Users will need to drop off their e-waste at the Westport and Reefton Transfer Stations during operating hours and see SEL’s staff to inspect their e-waste to ensure only accepted items are collected. Once the e-waste is inspected, users can drop it off in the e-waste collection crates provided at both transfer stations.

All e-waste will be stored securely until it is collected by TCNZ and transported to processing facilities for environmentally sound recycling.

E-waste items collected from other sources, by kerbside collection or larger business, are not permitted and will not be accepted.

Council’s solid waste coordinator Juliana Ruiz says: “We are super excited to bring this service to Buller and thank our partners SEL and TCNZ for their support in formulating an agreement that will ensure residents and small businesses in Buller have access to a responsible free recycling option for their e-waste.”

TCNZ is a not-for-profit organisation established by leading global technology companies committed to supporting the development of an effective regulated product stewardship scheme for electrical and electronic products in Aotearoa.

TCNZ’s senior policy manager Michael Dudley says: “It is truly fantastic to expand our pilot programme to the Buller District. Buller is now another region in our growing national network where we can help to prevent e-waste being dumped in landfill and rescue valuable materials to benefit the Kiwi-economy.”

New Zealand produces nearly 100 million kilograms of e-waste every year.

All residents are encouraged to visit Council’s website for more information and like Council’s new facebook page ReduceReuseRecycleBuller to keep up to date.


For more information contact:
Juliana Ruiz


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