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eDay 2008

The purpose of eDay is to raise awareness about the hazardous substances in computer equipment and provide an alternative to landfill disposal. The scope of the collection included all computer and computer-related equipment, including monitors, printers and scanners, as well as mobile phones.

eDay 2008 was held in 30 centres from Kaitaia to Invercargill on 4 October and in Hamilton on 5 October. The Christchurch event involved 3 collection sites.

The events were advertised as “cars-only” events. A special promotion to schools in the collection areas provided an option for the bulk disposal of equipment during the weeks preceding eDay; over 200 schools took advantage of this opportunity.

The eDay model was first piloted in Wellington in 2006, with support from Dell Computers. Some 1125 cars dropped off 54 tonnes of e-waste. In 2007, interest expanded to a total of 12 communities when a total of 6,974 cars dropped off 415 tonnes of e-waste.

The 2008 event expanded again with a total of 16,607 cars dropping off an estimated 746 tonnes of e-waste on eDay. A further 200 tonnes was collected from schools during the two weeks leading up to eDay.

Table 1: eDay summary

 

Number of eDay sites

Number of cars

Total tonnage collected*

Total tonnage (excluding schools)

Average weight of e-waste per car

2006

1

1,125

54

54

48 kg

2007

12

6,974

415

400

57 kg

2008

33

16,607

946

746

45 kg

* Includes collections from schools.