Computer writer Matt Bentley looks at recycling, and not just for computers.
I recently made a post about recycling computers which got a lot of feedback and response. I thought I’d expand upon that by giving some general directions for recycling, not just computers, but electronic equipment and other kinds of materials.
Dave from RecycleIT in Frankton is the man to talk to if you’ve got some old computer equipment you’re looking to get rid of. It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s working. He will reuse, recycle and/or strip computer equipment for parts, and in some cases will even do pick-up’s from your address.
The caveat to that is CRT monitors and TV screens (the big old clunky ones). Those need to be taken into the dump shop at the refuse centre (the dump) in Frankton, where a $5 fee will ensure they are recycled properly (this style of monitor contains many harmful substances like lead and mercury).
As far as I know these are not taken with the inorganic rubbish collections. Other electronics, like metal waste in general, can be taken into most metal recyclers and exchanged for a bit of pocket change – I personally use Scrap Palace in Hamilton. This includes items like dishwashers, stereos and rusty old heaters.
As for the rest, here’s places to take stuff:
Batteries (car or otherwise): Most metal recyclers will take these.
Clothing/Toys/Bikes/etc: I tend to drop off to the Sallies, but there’s Hospice shops, Red Cross, you name it.
Clean rags/scrap material: Either the SPCA in Te Rapa (they get used for cleaning cages), or a local car mechanic might need rags on an ongoing basis to get the grease off their hands.
Food scraps: Know a pig farmer? (Or dig a compost hole next to the garden, line the sides and top with wood to keep the rats out)
Cardboard/paper: The recycling collection services in the Waikato/Waipa will pick up a box of paper/cardboard approximately the size of your recycling bin, as well as what’s in your recycling bin. Just flatten any boxes.
General items/materials: Sometimes Trade Me is useful if the stuff is valuable, but if it’s not, Freecycle is an online recycling network where you can list stuff you want to get rid of, as well as stuff you want – anything from wooden pallets to computer monitors. Click here for the Hamilton group.
The main reason for writing this was the amount of good quality materials I see going to waste or left to rot in the rain whenever the inorganic recycling season starts locally. By comparison, with a very small amount of effort you can possibly save someone else a heck of a lot of time and effort.
- Matt Bentley is a computer repair guy with Waikato Home PC Support.
- Click here for tips on reducing waste by N8N’s Annette Taylor.