Toshiba joins ANZ Recycling Platform under national e-waste recycling scheme

Follows in footsteps of HP, Panasonic, and Canon

Toshiba Australia has become the latest member of the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) — a not-for-profit, industry-run member body — under the national e-waste recycling scheme.

It is also an interim board member of the ANZRP, which 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 Toshiba, and collect and recycle products on their behalf from 1 July 2012.

“Toshiba, together with other major brands, has invested a number of years to achieve this outstanding combined industry-led program under the umbrella of ANZRP,” said Toshiba Australia managing director, Mark Whittard, in a statement.

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.

It also 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 will be rolled out across the country by December 2013.

The news follows the ANZRP membership of HP Australia, Panasonic Australia, and Canon Australia this month.

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