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Key Findings from eDay 2008

  • On 4 and 5 October 2008, 16,607 cars dropped off over 87,000 items of computer equipment at 33 collection sites across New Zealand; this represents an increase from around 3 items per car in 2007 to 4 items per car.2

  • As in 2007, Wellington recorded the largest number of cars (2551) and the highest volume of e-waste (122 tonnes); this represents a 13% increase in the number of cars compared to 2007 and a similar volume of e-waste.3

  • Over 27,000 monitors were collected, representing 47% by weight of the total e-waste.

  • The overwhelming majority of equipment was branded HP/Compaq (22%); the next highest volume by brand was Philips (7%); Dell, Acer and IBM/Lenovo, each recording 4% of the total volume of e-waste.

  • The percentage of equipment from minor brands or “unbranded”, i.e. no easily identifiable manufacturer branding, remains a significant percentage of the total e-waste collected (31% and 9%, respectively).

  • 82% of the equipment dropped off at an eDay site came from households; 15% came from business.

  • 33% of the drivers indicated they brought equipment to eDay because they knew it would be recycled; 26% indicated they would have otherwise taken it to a landfill.

  • An overwhelming majority (58%) indicated that collection events like eDay are their preferred method for recycling e-waste; 26% would prefer to take e-waste to a recycling centre; only 3% would consider shipping back to their supplier. This contrasts with eDay 2007 when only 39% preferred collection events and 42% preferred to take their e-waste to a recycling centre. The percentage preferring to ship the equipment back to suppliers was similar in 2007 (2%).

  • 97% of drivers were able to give at least one good reason why e-waste should not be dumped in landfills, with 49% expressing concerns about hazardous substances leaching into waterways; this represents an increase in awareness from eDay 2007 when 91% indicated awareness of the potentially hazardous materials in computers.

 


2 20% of the total eDay 2008 collection came from schools and was collected before eDay; the quantity of e-waste dropped off on eDay by the 16,607 cars would therefore be closer to 70,000.

3 The Wellington site recorded 79 tonnes of e-waste collected on eDay 2007, but subsequent shipping weights indicated this was closer to 130 tonnes. The reason for the discrepancy was that the pressure of cars resulted in volunteers stopping recording during the day. The 2008 eDay was much better resourced with volunteers to handle the high traffic volumes, resulting in a more accurate on-the-day count.