E-waste has been identified as one of the fastest growing waste streams in South Africa. Many electronic items, such as computer monitors, contain valuable materials such as gold, platinum and indium, but also hazardous materials such as mercury, cadmium and lead.
When these items end up in a landfill the toxic materials can leach into the surrounding environment and poison the groundwater. Moreover, the valuable finite metals that could have been extracted and recycled would also be forever lost.
Recycling involves the complete destruction of electronic devices to reduce the need to mine for these valuable finite metals.
Ensuring your safety
If an unwanted product runs on electricity, requires a battery or an electric cable, it is e-waste.
Oricol, an accredited member of the Electronic Waste Association of South Africa, owns a network of permitted treatment and disposal sites for e-waste.
And thanks to extensive research and development, we were able to invest in a state-of-the-art H:H (high hazardous) facility to process, treat and recycle e-waste.
We ensure your e-waste is correctly stored and handled during collection and transportation to ensure no damage to the equipment occurs, guaranteeing the safety of your staff and ours.
You can rest assured your e-waste will be treated to ensure full compliance with the law, keeping your business at the forefront of environmental best practice.
Our e-waste recycling service includes:
• Free quotes to assess e-waste for collection
• Once-off or recurring collections
• Recovery and recycling of e-waste components
• Secure data destruction
• Recycling and safe disposal certificates
• Safe disposal of any hazardous materials
Fluorescent lamp disposal
Did you know that a single fluorescent tube contains enough mercury to contaminate 30 000 litres of water?
As of 23 August 2016, no Hazardous Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Lamps in any form will be accepted at landfill cording to NEMWA-Act no.59 of 2008 (Government Gazette, No.10008, Volume 578, No. 36784, dated 23 August 2013, page 44). Chapter 2, point 5 (waste disposal restrictions)
The ban on Hazardous Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Lamps to landfill includes all fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs).
We have offered recycling of fluorescent tubes and other lamps since 2014 via our ORIPACK collection system.
Recycling of fluorescent tubes and lamps provides a total environmental solution, because it allows for the recovery of all fractions of the lamps and tubes.
Recycled fractions of lamps and tubes includes glass, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastic, mercury and phosphor powder which can all be recovered and used in suitable end processes and products.
Oripack Solution: Simple, easy and safe collections
Our ORIPACK boxes offer you a cost-effective, environmentally responsible and safe recycling system.
We will provide you with an ORIPACK box for your fluorescent tubes. When full, the box is transported to a certified H:H facility where the lamps are crushed under vacuum to remove the mercury and all components which are then separated for recycling.