Express e-waste recycling
DHL will partner with the ACT government to provide a free e-waste recycling service in the territory.
Once the national scheme commences, householders and small businesses within the ACT will be able to take their old or unwanted televisions, computers and associated computer products to the Mugga Lane or Mitchell transfer stations, where they will be accepted for free. These are the first locations DHL has secured that will ensure free access to collection services.
“Services under DHL’s initiative are on track to commence in mid-2012. Over the next two years DHL will continue to roll out access to over 100 collection sites across Australia,” said Terry Ryan, CEO South Pacific, DHL Supply Chain.
This news follows the announcement that DHL Supply Chain was approved as the first organisation to deliver services under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme involves a combination of government regulation and industry action to reduce the amount of television and computer waste going to landfill and to increase the recovery of resources. The Scheme aims to boost the recycling rate of these products from 17 per cent in 2010 to 80 per cent by 2020-21.
“The new national e-waste scheme will help play a significant role in improving the recycling rates of televisions and computers not only in the ACT but across the nation. As it rolls out, the new national e-waste scheme will provide people with greater choice for recycling when disposing of their electronic goods, at the same time helping Australia’s recycling industry to grow. It is hoped the free scheme will also alleviate ongoing issues in the ACT around illegal dumping,” said Katy Gallagher, ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal services.
The industry-funded National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is regulated by the Australian Government under the landmark Product Stewardship Act 2011.