E-waste has become one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world – and dumping it in landfill sites isn’t a smart option as it poses a health risks while contributing to increased carbon emissions.
Pikitup collects approximately 1,4-million tons of waste around the City of Johannesburg every year, with up to 10% of it being e-waste.
“E-waste contains hazardous material which can potentially pollute the environment,” says Pansy Oyedele, communications manager at Pikitup.
The range of products which fall under the heading of e-waste includes most household and office equipment, including batteries.
”People generally don’t know that much of this e-waste can be recycled, as most of it is disposed of at landfill sites. A perfect example of this is that steel, aluminium and copper which can be stripped away from old computers, and then reused in newer models,” says Oyedele.
She points out that e-waste is responsible for up to 70% of the overall toxic waste which is disposed of at landfill sites.
“E-waste can often be recycled, through the recovery of materials and unique components. This can also lead to the creation of job opportunities or development of new skills”, she adds.
Pikitup is now offering to dispose of and recycle e-waste free of charge. Companies, small businesses and residents can drop it off at their nearest garden site.