The community debate on reducing landfill in Australia is really starting to gain momentum. Recent research shows the average Australian household has an estimated 22 electrical appliances that age and become redundant as they make their way to becoming e-waste.
E-waste is growing three times faster than any other kind of waste, with every Australian throwing away about 20kg each year according to a 2014 United Nations report. The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) was created in 2011 by the Federal Government to make the biggest producers of e-waste accountable. Producers and importers of TV and computer products help fund the scheme that is designed to ensure consumers have access to e-waste collection and recycling. A by-product of this scheme has been the creation of more than 600 free drop off points nationwise, that accept computers, televisions, printers and computer-related products such as chargers. The targets of the scheme were increased in 2015 by about 10,000 tonnes, over four years this is expected to recycle an extra 32,000 tonnes of e-waste.
What more can we do?
All of us have a responsibility to ensure that despite our thirst for new technologies that we are mindful of the potential harmful impact E-waste can have on our environment and the legacy we leave for future generations.
Business can also look at their recycling programs, with computer equipment, phones, batteries, fluorescent tubes etc, and develop an overall plan that embraces ways in which they can improve their return from their E-waste as well as being friendly to the environment.
We have the skills
Recycal have a management team that is very experienced with E-waste and in conjunction with its sister company CMA Ecocycle work together to handle and process Aluminium, Copper, Stainless Steel and Zinc, recovering the valuable metals for recycling and reuse.
So if your business is looking for a total solution why not consider the option of a discussion with the team at Recycal?
You’ll be glad you did.