More than 3 tons of e-waste dropped off at Makro

Posted by Laura Grant on September 8, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

In little more than a month, 3.7 tons of electronic waste have been collected at the drop-off point set up by Makro and Fujitsu-Siemens at Makro’s Woodmead store, Greg Hart of Fujitsu-Siemens said on Talk Radio 702 today. The results have been so encouraging, he said, that the two companies are looking at rolling out the project nationwide soon, starting in Durban and Cape Town.

The e-waste is taken to Desco Electronic Recyclers for processing, said Hart. There the motherboards, for example, are ground down to fine powder and the different particles are extracted – such as plastics, which are recycled, and the various metals, which are sold off to be melted down and reused.

Desco will be audited to check that they dispose of hazardous material properly, said Hart.

Personal information on hard-drives is safe, said Hart. Desco gives a certificate to certify that they don’t access that information, he said, but, if you want to, you can take a hammer to your hard drive or drill a hole through it if you’re worried about security.


One Response to “More than 3 tons of e-waste dropped off at Makro”

  1. Jacques Bands
    September 17th, 2008 @ 5:37 am

    This is heart rendering to hear that there are actually people who care enough to take the trouble to go and get rid of their waste in a responsible way.

    However, this is probably a drop in the ocean and we definitely need more of these drop of points in at least all of the major towns and cities in SA.

    Thank you to those who started this initiative.

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