Bundaberg Camera House’s Scott Allison with old camera equipment that will be recycled into things like park benches instead of going to landfill.
Bundaberg Camera House’s Scott Allison with old camera equipment that will be recycled into things like park benches instead of going to landfill. Scottie Simmonds

Green new colour for old cameras

BUNDABERG Camera House has become one of the first photography stores in Australia to take old, unwanted and broken cameras and accessories for recyling.

The voluntary eco-friendly recyling initiative means people can just drop the items into a recyle box in the store, which Bundaberg Camera House owner Scott Allison said was sent on to Camera Recycle Australia for recycling.

“As cameras, batteries and many photographic accessories are not biodegradable, and the fact that many consumers are trading up to new superior technologies for taking photos, we are encouraging people to clean up their homes, dig out these old cameras from their drawers and bring them to us for recycling,” Mr Allison said.

More than 90% of the plastics and metals in cameras, batteries and accessories can be recovered and used as raw materials to make new products such as stainless steel, plastic park benches, plastic fence posts, garden edging and tree spikes.

“We wanted to do something positive for the environment, especially as consumers adopt new technologies,” he said. “The CameraRecycle Australia initiative allows us to prevent cameras, batteries and accessories ending up in landfill where they can cause pollution by slowly breaking down and leaking chemicals into the surrounding soil.

“By recycling them, you protect the environment and assist manage the environmental impacts in a socially responsible manner.”

Drop your cameras and accessories for recyling in to Bundaberg Camera House in Bourbong St, opposite Dymocks Book Store.



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