Saturday the 14th of October marks International E-Waste Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the need for e-waste recycling among consumers. If you have any old tech equipment from CDJs, mixers and drum machines through to USBs & batteries, tomorrow is a good day to recycle them.
International E-waste Day is an annual awareness-raising celebration organized by the WEEE Forum and its members that takes place on October 14th each year. Its goal is to raise awareness of the rising problem of electronic waste and to promote appropriate e-waste management.
This year’s edition will run under the slogan “You can recycle anything with a plug, battery or cable!” highlighting the issue of invisible e-waste – the electronic items that often go unrecognized and are not properly recycled within the appropriate waste stream. While e-waste is often associated with discarded gadgets and devices, a significant amount of electronic waste remains hidden in plain sight.
The electronic music community holds onto a lot of waste, and although DJs and producers are known for trading gear and selling unused pieces of tech, sometimes broken pieces of kit slip through the cracks and begin to gather dust. Tomorrow is International E-Waste Day and it’s the perfect day to start rummaging through your unused or broken pieces of kit to recycle.
Return your electrical and electronic waste to your local authority recycling centre (at no charge) or participating electrical retailers (where there’s no purchase necessary), and drop waste lightbulbs at local authority recycling centres and hardware and lighting stores nationwide.