National e-waste recycling scheme signs second provider

Follows in the footsteps of DHL Supply Chain earlier this month

The Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) has become the second service provider to join the national e-waste recycling scheme, following DHL Supply Chain earlier this month.

Under the industry-run and -funded National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, the ANZRP — a not for profit, industry-run member body — will be responsible for the administration of free pick-up of electronics from households and businesses from 1 July 2012.

“We are here to provide services to our members who are funding the scheme," said ANZRP general manager, Carmel Dollisson, of the organisation's signing to the scheme in a statement.

"We will ensure sound environmental, health and safety outcomes through an independent pool of logistics and recycling providers working with local councils and other sites to provide drop off venues for the community.”

The scheme, which was established under the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 legislation, will provide access to free collection and recycling services for computers, printers, televisions, and other electronics.

It aims to curb the increasing dumping of electronic waste in Australian landfills — expected to hit 181,000 tonnes by 2028 from 106,000 tonnes in 2008 — and boost the recycling rate for TVs and computers from 17 per cent in 2010 to 80 per cent by 2021.

The scheme is also looking at reducing human and environmental exposure to hazardous e-waste materials such as bromine, lead, mercury, and zinc, as well as meeting a material recovery of 90 per cent by 2015.

“As a not for profit company set up solely to deliver on the outcomes of the scheme, ANZRP has strong links with industry, particularly the Australian Information Industry Association, whose members have made a big contribution to the development of the scheme,” said Don Farrell, parliamentary secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, in a statement.

As an administrator, the ANZRP can sign up television and computer manufacturers and importers, such as Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi, and collect and recycle products on their behalf.

Electronics manufacturers and importers must sign up to an approved provider by 1 April 2012, as stipulated under the regulations. However, small businesses that import or manufacture fewer than 15,001 computer products or 5001 computers, printers, and televisions are exempt from the scheme.

The scheme will be rolled out across the country by December 2013.

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