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Australia : Funding boosts e-waste recycling for community.

The State Government will provide funding to 17 organisations for improvements to electronic waste recycling services for the community.

Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Paul Caica said $218,810 in funding had been allocated for infrastructure to support the safe collection, storage, handling and recovery of e-waste throughout the state.

Funding will be used for practical items such as shipping and collection containers, processing equipment, as well as undercover areas, ramps and signage, Mr Caica said.

These grants support the metropolitan Adelaide ban on the disposal of televisions and computers to landfill that started on 1 September 2012, and which will become state-wide from 1 September 2013.

The funding comes ahead of the Australian Government s switchover from analogue to digital television signal starting in metropolitan Adelaide and surrounding areas on 2 April 2013.

We are shoring up the State s e-waste reprocessing capacity as there will be an increase in volumes and demand for conveniently located recycling drop-off points, Mr Caica said.

Most South Australians are enthusiastic supporters of e-waste recycling and are keen to dispose of unwanted electronic equipment in a responsible way.

Throughout May last year, a free e-waste collection service jointly run by the State and local governments at 13 regional drop-off points resulted in 1035 tonnes of e-waste collected.

This initiative also supports the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme which is funded and run by the television and computer industry and regulated by the Australian Government.

South Australia now has nine free drop-off points located at Beverly, North Plympton, Wingfield, Pooraka, Heathfield, Edinburgh North, Trinity Gardens, Lonsdale and Goolwa.

This is more good news; as the network of facilities continues to expand there is no excuse for householders to dump their unwanted computers and TVs at the kerbside.

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