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Community bands together to recycle old modems

2017-10-12

Campaspe Shire Council has teamed up with Neighbourhood and Community Houses for a shire-wide modem recycling program to coincide with the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said to support the NBN rollout across the shire, residents and businesses are encouraged to drop off their old modems and connecting cables for free.

“Council’s modem recycling initiative is a great way to easily dispose of electronic parts that are no longer required,” Cr Weston said.

Obsolete modems are classified as electronic waste (eWaste) and are recyclable. Over 95% of the components of a computer modem are recyclable. This is achieved through a manual dismantling process which sorts the components for recycling, including plastic and metal.

Modems can be dropped off at any of the following participating outlets:

  • Kyabram Community and Learning Centre, 21-25 Lake Road, Kyabram
  • Rochester Community House, 43-45 MacKay Street, Rochester
  • Echuca Neighbourhood House, 261 High Street,Echuca
  • Crossenvale Community House, Boothman Street,Echuca
  • Tongala Community Activities Centre, 94 Mangan Street, Tongala
  • Girgarre Community Cottage, 27 Olympic Street, Girgarre
  • Rushworth Community House, 67 High Street, Rushworth
  • Lockington Neighbourhood House, 9-11 Lockington Road, Lockington

“Residents can also deliver their modems to their nearest Campaspe Shire transfer station, free of charge,” Cr Weston added.

Electronic items must not be placed in the kerbside yellow-lid recycle bin as they cannot be processed with other co-mingled recycling due to their size, complex composition and hazardous materials.

Council currently has an eWaste recycling service which accepts electronic waste for free at Echuca Environment Centre and Mt Scobie (Kyabram) Transfer Station, and for a small fee at all other transfer stations for transportation and processing. Items include televisions, computers, monitors, printers, computer parts and accessories.

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