The Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) has launched TechCollection, its free e-waste collection service that provides services for householders and small businesses to drop-off unwanted televisions and computer products for recycling.
Launched at Moonee Valley Transfer Station by Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, one of TechCollect’s drop-of centres, the program is one of three approved ‘co-regulatory arrangements’ that operate under the Federal Government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
The Scheme was created through the Gillard Government’s landmark Product Stewardship legislation.
“Thanks to this scheme, hazardous materials including lead, mercury and zinc will be prevented from entering the environment and valuable non-renewable resources, including gold and other precious metals will be recovered for reuse,” Farrell, said.
TechCollect is fully funded by ANZRP’s members, including over 60 manufacturers and importers of television and computer products.
“We encourage householders and small businesses to dispose of their end of life (EOL) televisions and computer products in an environmentally sustainable way, which TechCollect is able to guarantee,” ANZRP CEO, Carmel Dollisson, said.
Drop-off centres in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia are available to receive EOL devices from today.
In addition, ANZRP said that additional services will be rolled out over the next 16 months.