Why Recycle?

In today’s world, recycling has become a global necessity – together, we need to save and reuse vital natural resources. New Zealanders are getting pretty good at recycling, but there’s always more to be done. People are starting to realise their e-waste can be extremely dangerous to the environment: it’s time to take our recycling beyond household bottles and cans! Recycling electronics is just as important.

Besides the significant environmental risks of sending e-waste to landfill, it’s also a huge waste of resources. For example, metals can be recycled indefinitely since they don’t degrade. It actually takes around 95% less energy to recycle aluminium compared with smelting it from ore, while for steel it takes around 75% less energy to recycle. Many electronic devices also use other metals and elements including gold, silver, palladium, zinc, tin, iron, platinum, and copper. In short, burying these metals is a total waste of resources (Electronic Waste: Report, Consumer 471, July 2007, www.consumer.org.nz).

Project Green by Remarkit is the country’s widest reaching e-waste recycling consortium, making responsible recycling of your electronics easy, safe and cost effective. When you recycle with us, somewhere in the region of 90% of your old electronic equipment will be re-used for another purpose - find out more about what happens to the e-waste we recycle here.

We’ve all got the chance to ensure that the nasty elements and chemicals in our old TVs, computers, laptops and other electronic equipment are kept well away from our precious natural environment. With Project Green, we’ve created the recycling infrastructure that makes it possible – and simple – to keep hazardous e-waste out of our landfills, our waterways, and our forests.

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