The Waitaki Resource Recovery Park is trying to make doing the right thing easier.
In conjunction with the Waitaki District Council, the recovery park is hosting a free e-waste collection this weekend, welcoming every and any type of e-waste.
Operations manager Trish Hurley expected the collection to be very popular.
About 10 years ago the park held a TV and game console collection day, amassing 29 tonnes of items, Mrs Hurley said.
She expected much more at the upcoming collection, as it was not limited to a certain item.
‘‘As long as you can plug it in, we will accept it,’’ she said. Each year, the park recycled 41 tonnes of e-waste, and she estimated that same amount would be collected this weekend.
‘‘It would be surprising if it was less.’’
More than 100 people had already made inquiries about this weekend’s collection.
Mrs Hurley said people tended to have a backlog of e-waste items at home, probably due to the cost associated with dropping items off.
In the current ‘‘throwaway society’’ it was easier and cheaper to throw away items than repair them, and many items were no longer made to last.
E-waste was expensive to process, due to the cost in dismantling items and recovering reusable material, plus freight delivery of the end product, she said.
But it was well worth it.
Last year, 86.4% of what was dropped off at the recovery park was diverted away from the landfill.
That was the aim — to recover as much material as possible.
To achieve this, the recovery park recently became the first centre south of Christchurch to recycle soft plastics and the first in New Zealand to introduce a Tetra Pak recycling trial.
‘‘We don’t want to end up in a situation where we have more waste in our land than natural resources.’’
Mrs Hurley said this could be avoided by making better choices as consumers, particularly by buying products that had longevity and or could be recycled.
Adopting better consumer practices also put pressure on businesses and manufacturers to alter their behaviour to meet demand.
The free e-waste collection will run from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and Sunday. E-waste can also be dropped off at Waihemo Wastebusters and at the council’s transfer stations at Hampden, Kurow, Otematata and Omarama.