Xero volunteers at eDay
We could have stayed in bed on that drizzly, cold Saturday morning but the call of the environment was enough to spur the Xero team into life. Adorned in fluro vests and gloves with clip boards at the ready we assembled to greet drivers with car loads of out-dated computer gear and mobile phones.
It’s the second time we’ve taken part in eDay, an event organised by Computer Access New Zealand (CANZ), which encourages people to drop off electronic waste for free. The equipment is then sorted and sent to recycling companies in South Korea where 95 percent of precious materials such as copper, lead, zinc, gold and silver are recovered.
All sorts came to drop off, from hard out geeks to grannies with an antiquated PC. Wellington, where the Xero HQ is based, was the busiest of the eDay drop off centres with nearly 2000 cars off-loading 87 tonnes of e-waste.
It was a sobering thought to learn later that over the entire country enough e-waste had been collected to fill 16 shipping containers. We got the feeling this was just the tip of the iceberg.
As an online company we’re acutely aware of the need to take a more sustainable approach to e-waste and stop it being dumped in the world’s landfills. We”ll continue to get behind this cause and hope you will too! We’d be interested to know about any credible and innovative e-waste recycling going on in your area.