Cape Town resident to dispose old electronic devices to a City drop-off site
The City of Cape Town is encouraging residents to dispose old electronic devices to a City drop-off site. This is in coleration with the recently celebrated International E-waste Day, on the 14th of October.
The municipality said that everyone should take take out any, broken or obsolete devices or chargers to one of the city’s drop-off facilities for proper disposal.
Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg said that people often times than not discarded these items incorrectly. Due to the small size items such as cell phones, electric toothbrushes, toasters and cameras people handle their disposals wrong.
The growing concern of improper disposal, has resulted in an international innervations, with many initiatives worldwide are undertaken. Twigg said that popper disposal could be positively effective with the active role and correct education of consumers.
Electronic products contain several toxic substances; these have timelessly been proven to create health risks. Toxic residues can leak and contaminate the soil, air and water, affecting surrounding ecosystems where the local communities grow their food and fish.
'It is crucial that residents are made aware of possible health risks and lost resources when appliances are disposed of incorrectly. Between government and the private sector a lot of work is being done to make the proper disposal of small e-waste simple and convenient for consumers,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.
by Everngelista Muza