A little bit of context
In 2013 Kate, a dedicated volunteer at MASG, created a light globe recycling program and has been managing it ever since. She is passionate about the environment and has done a lot of research into just how bad it is to send light globes to the tip.
Most light globes contain mercury, it is what gives the globes that white, frosted look. When the globes break methylmercury gets released and this is highly TOXIC and a terrible pollutant in landfill.
The city of Sydney did a great info sheet about it. Follow this link: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/live/waste-and-recycling/cool-stats/lightbulbs-in-landfill
The mercury in one light bulb is a tiny amount, but is so toxic it is enough to pollute 15,000 litres of drinking water to an unsafe level.
But there’s a problem
This is a great development and MASG is very happy to phase out our involvement in light globe recycling and hand over to Mount Alexander Shire Council.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
So all we need to do is empty this last skip full of used lighting and take it to melbourne to get recycled.
This will cost around $2,500 - the price may vary depending on how full the skip is... and it is pretty full!
As it may take some time for council to lock in a new system of managing these items we will continue to provide wheelie bins at Lawrence and Hanson. These can be taken to recycling centres at a lower cost than the skip but will have to be done more frequently. We estimate that a year of managing these wheelie bins will cost about $500.
So after this skip is emptied you can still use the bins provided at L&H or you can contact council to find out about the new e-waste systems that are being put in place. Other options are to use the coucil provided bins at the Castlemaine Landfill or take the globes to Eaglehawke Tip.
You can help!!
Donations to this crowd fundng campaign are tax deductable!
The skip can carry 400kg of used lighting and it is almost full. It costs around $2,500 to take way. We also want another $500 to pay for the wheelie bins which will help bridge the gap between the removal of this skip and the new system implimented by Council in the next year or so.
Any help you can give us will be so much appreciated. Some indication of what your donations mean can be seen on once you click on the 'donate' button. But name an amount, we'll love you for it.
Check out our website masg.org.au to find out about more of the things we do.