Hewlett-Packard Australia (HP) has joined the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) as a liable party under the national e-waste recycling scheme.
The ANZRP — a not-for-profit, industry-run member body — joined the industry-run and -funded National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme as an administrator last month.
As an administrator, the ANZRP can sign up television and computer manufacturers and importers, such as HP, and collect and recycle products on their behalf from 1 July 2012.
The scheme, which was established under the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 legislation, will provide free collection and recycling services for computers, printers, televisions and other electronics, and aims to curb the increasing dumping of electronic waste in Australian landfills.
The scheme also aims to reduce 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.
Under the regulations, electronics manufacturers and importers must sign up to a government-approved administrator by 1 April 2012, with the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWRC) having identified a little more than 200 liable parties for the 2011-12 financial year.
However, small businesses that import or manufacture less than 15,001 computer products or 5001 computers, printers and televisions are exempt.
A department spokesperson told Computerworld Australia that the department received first reports on membership on 8 April, but cannot reveal the names of liable parties.
However, those who have not signed up with an administrator will be contacted by the department on an individual basis as “each party’s circumstances will differ” and could be slapped with a fine.
“The legislation provides for an initial civil penalty of 1000 penalty units for companies that have failed to acquit their membership obligation, plus a continuing penalty of 100 penalty units per day until the company acquits its obligation. Currently, a penalty unit is set at $110,” the department spokesperson said.
The scheme will be rolled out across the country by December 2013.
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