Creating convenient ways to reduce and re-use clothing and e-waste

Wyndham City is implementing more ways to reduce and reuse waste by introducing e-waste and clothing drop off bins across the City.

As part of a three-month trial, the e-waste and clothing drop off hubs will be set up at Manor Lakes Community Learning Centre, Wyndham Park Community Centre and Arndell Park Community Centre.

Wyndham City’s Environment and Sustainability Portfolio Holder Cr Heather Marcus said this three-month trial would give residents a convenient way to recycle used electronic items and old clothing.

“While Wyndham residents are happy to be environmentally conscious, sometimes it is not convenient to go all the way to the Refuse Disposal Facility for an few electronic items, so this will be a welcomed opportunity to help the environment without sacrificing your precious time,” Cr Marcus said.

“Many residents use opportunity shops to give their old clothes a new lease on life and these bins are just another alternative to the op shop model.”

According to the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia, Australians send around $500 million worth of fashion clothing to the tip each year, but more than 95 per cent of it can be recycled and reused.

Wyndham City will be working with the SCRgroup, one of Australia’s largest clothing reuse and recycling companies, which sends the unwanted clothing to developing countries and provides sustainable employment opportunities for Australians living with a disability.

“The drop-off sites will have secure bins for residents to recycle their small e-waste items such as laptops and electrical appliances as well as clothing, toys and textiles including shoes and handbags,” Cr Marcus said.

“To reduce the risk of illegal dumping, these bins are equipped with sensors to notify collection drivers when they are getting close to capacity.”

Wyndham City will be closely monitoring the trial to see if the hubs are effective.

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