Australia, Latest News, News

Australia Post gets behind e-waste disposal scheme

In response to the issue of  unwanted electronic and electrical goods service disposal, a national e-waste shipping solution has been developed in partnership with Australia Post.

Badged TechExpress, the service by TechCollect will enable households and small businesses to recycle unwanted and ‘end of life’ electrical goods and devices using any Australia Post office or post box nationwide.

All electrical goods received via TechExpress will be manually dismantled. All data is destroyed, and components are sorted into process streams where valuable materials can be manufactured to build new products, helping to create a sustainable environment and circular economy.

The initiative will run alongside ANZRP’s existing 276 drop-off sites and will provide consumers living in regional and remote areas with a convenient, safe and secure recycling solution.

ANZRP – TechCollect CEO  Warren Overton said that the company was formed to capture end-of-life electronics and commit them to a downstream recycling process.

“We are delighted to be working with Australia Post to launch this initiative which will support consumers and small businesses that want to do the right thing, but don’t have convenient access to the recycling services they need. In addition to our existing drop-off sites, this partnership will allow us to go one step further in helping Australians transition towards a circular economy to tackle e-waste, and mitigate the environmental harm that it poses,” Overton added.

Australia Post, chief sustainability office Susan Mizrahi said, “We are proud to play our part improving e-waste recycling, as no single company has all the solutions, reach or capability to combat this in isolation. By using our unique Australia-wide network, we have already successfully enabled customers to return hundreds of tonnes of waste streams including printer cartridges, mobile phones and coffee pods and this is a natural next step.

“With majority of our post office network regionally-based, our partnership with TechCollect builds on research that shows three-quarters of regional and rural residents see their post office as making a broader social contribution beyond providing products and services.

The opportunity to recycle this rapidly growing waste stream is another way we can connect with and support our rural and regional customers, particularly those who cannot access the current metropolitan collection points.”

Consumers can recycle up to twenty-two kilograms of e-waste, including items such as mobile phones, laptops, keyboards, computer parts and accessories for a mailing fee of $14.95.

Since commencing services in 2012, TechCollect has diverted more than 180,000 tonnes of e-waste from entering landfill and recycled 93 per cent of materials through its national e-waste drop-off sites.