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The National Norms and Standards for Disposal of Waste to Landfill kicks in on 23 August 2021 in respect of old electric and electronic devices and batteries. Landfill sites will no longer be allowed to accept such waste for dumping from that date. This means that end user consumers and companies will have to submit these items for recycling by taking them to a licensed recycler of electric and electronic waste equipment (WEEE).

The reason for this change is related to the fact that some of the chemicals and materials used in the manufacture of these types of items leach into the soil and can poison us. So, by outlawing the dumping of WEEE and batteries, government is trying to arrest the contamination our environment.

Of course, what the legislation doesn’t say and what government can’t seem to tell the public is where they can find an approved E-Waste recycler. Fortunately, however, Desco is a licensed recycler and we have been preparing for this day since the regulations were promulgated almost eight years ago.

As a result of that preparation, we will most probably have a Desco WEEE disposal bin situated at a Makro store near you – at last count we had bins at nineteen Makro stores around the country. Alternatively, if it’s more convenient, you can bring your WEEE and old batteries directly to us at one of our sites in Kempton Park, Cape Town and Durban.