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ACHIEVEMENT: 2000 computers have passed through the City of Melbourne pilot project ReBoot.

TARGET DATE: December 2004. PROGRESS: Some.

DESCRIPTION: 2000 computers have passed through the City of Melbourne pilot project ReBoot. Here computers are cannibalised to provide working units for schools in the City and across Melbourne. The remaining parts are sorted and sold.

FURTHER INFORMATION: A service called Byteback has opened in the City of Boroondara. Byteback is a free service, available to residents and small business owners in Victoria who want to dispose of unwanted, old and unused computers in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

Byteback, an initiative of Sustainability Victoria, the City of Boroondara, Hewlett Packard (HP), Sims E Recycling and K&S Environmental, is the first long term computer take back pilot of its kind in Australia.

When dumped in our landfills the materials and chemicals components used to make computer equipment can leach into, and harm, our environment.

Location: City of Boroondara Waste Transfer Station, 648 Riversdale Road, Camberwell. (Melways Ref: 60 B1)

Opening Hours: Byteback is open weekdays from 1:00 - 4:00pm and weekends from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Who can use Byteback?: The service is free and available to residents and small businesses in Victoria.

What can I take to Byteback?: Personal computer systems including desktops, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, computer power supplies, printed circuit boards, motherboards, network & memory cards, disk and CD drives. A limit of 20 items per visit applies.

If your equipment is still in good working order we recommend that you donate it to a charity, organisation or person who is able to reuse it.

The following items are not accepted: Joysticks, play stations, electronic games, software, digital cameras, electronic equipment, TV's, videos, hi-fi equipment, mobile phones, printer cartridges and copiers.

What happens to equipment after collection?: After collection equipment is transported to a specialised electronic recycling and recovery centre. Equipment is disassembled into its parts (plastic, precious metals, batteries, cathode ray tubes, printed circuit boards, insulated wiring) and sent off to various parts of Australia and the world for recovery and recycling.

Tips: Save or delete important documents or files prior to recycling Observe safe lifting procedures. Use the leg muscles, not the back Ensure no broken glass or sharp, protruding objects

How can I find out more information?: Contact our InfoLine (Victoria only) on 1800-353-233, or contact us. If you have other items to recycle, or can't make it to Boroondara, try our Guide to Recycling Services in Victoria for more options.

For questions about general recycling and waste collection in Boroondara, please visit the City of Boroondara website or call the information line: 9278 4444


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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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