Profiles, Waste Management In Action

Clearing the air

Toxfree is the only company in Australia operating internationally recognised technology to safely handle next generation e-waste containing mercury, the company says. The waste service provider explains the key to its success. 

As one of Australia’s leading waste service providers, Toxfree continues to invest in state-of-the-art technologies to recycle waste in an environmentally responsible and safe manner.

One growing area of waste the company is active in is e-waste. Toxfree says it is the only company operating in Australia internationally recognised to safely handle next generation e-waste containing mercury, including LCD TVs, monitors, laptops, phones and other LCD display technologies.

But it’s just one of many services covered by the organisation, as it continues to provide services ranging from general waste and recycling, technical and environmental services, solid waste management, healthcare waste solutions, plastic and gas industrial front lift bins, chemical spill management and more.

According to 2013 data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians are among the highest users of technology, and e-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste.

Toxfree says all e-waste is destroyed in Australia by the company as it ensures no whole items are taken offshore for recycling.

“We pride ourselves on destroying all physical data. Old generation e-waste such as CRT Monitors, as well as large items are recycled through our semi-automated recycling system, which incorporates a combination of crushing, density separation and x-sorting technologies to separate the e-waste into its major recycling components,” Toxfree says.

“Next generation e-waste is increasingly becoming a challenge of the modern age. These items contain mercury and when traditional recycling practices such as manual dismantling are applied it can lead to dangerous exposures of mercury to employees and the environment due to the fragile nature of components.”

To read more, see page 46 of Issue 12.


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