Now two firms vie for e-waste

EMMA GOODWIN
Last updated 12:00 07/04/2012

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On the eve of another electronic waste disposal organisation getting in on the act, the Green Hub says it is about community and keeping the money where it matters.

However, customers could look at price to determine where their loyalties will lie.

Education co-ordinator Janice Feyen said money collected by the Green Hub for taking people's e-waste will be used for other projects and the hub employs four people to break down the units into useable components.

"Keeping the money in Palm-erston North is important for the Green Hub," Mrs Feyen said.

The other e-waste recycling site, run by RCN for the city council, will open at the Ferguson St recycling centre next Wednesday.

The city council sought a partnership with an e-waste recycling provider late last year. It received three proposals, one of which was from the Green Hub.

Prices between the two are similar, with the Green Hub charging a little more to take television sets, $25 compared to Palmerston North City Council's $20, but on other fees the Green Hub is proving to be cheaper overall.

"People will be given a charitable trust receipt so they can claim back some money on the tax return," she said.

It was an unfortunate side effect of e-waste that the organisation has to charge, she said.

"We think no one should have to pay but the reality is the process to get the lead out of the glass is expensive."

She said that the small cost did not appear to be putting people off.

"Loads of people are dropping stuff off, which is great," Mrs Feyen said.

The new RCN site that will compete with the Green Hub will open at the Ferguson St recycling centre next Wednesday.

Palmerston North City Council's rubbish and recycling asset engineer, Natasha Simmons, says that all the e-waste that will be dropped off at the centre will be shipped to Wellington for processing.

"We're calling ourselves a conduit for the e-waste."

Mrs Feyen said that all the Green Hub e-waste is broken down on site and that it was a shame when things were sent away to be processed.

"If the stuff is being sent away it means the employment is elsewhere too. Why send it away when we can employ the people locally to break it down?"

GREEN HUB

TV: $25

PC: free (monitor, hardrive and keyboard)

PC monitor: $10

Printer: $5

Cellphone: free

Photocopiers: $40-$60

PNCC

TV: $20

PC: $5 (monitor, hardrive and keyboard)

PC monitor: $20

Printer: $11.50

Cellphone: free

Photocopiers: $40-$70

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