ABC War on E-Waste a boost for recycling unwanted electronics and batteries
The fate of unwanted and obsolete electronics is firmly on the public agenda in Australia, as is the need to dispose of batteries in a more responsible manner.
“Craig Reucassel and the ABC War on Waste team should be congratulated for their focus on e-waste and the need to keep computers, TVs and mobile phones out of landfill. The need to include all types of e-waste in the current national scheme is essential, urgent and should also include handheld batteries” said Mr LeMessurier, Managing Director of MRI E-cycle Solutions.
In Australia, electronic waste or e-waste has been recognised by consumers, government and parts of industry as a priority waste stream that needs to be significantly minimised through reuse, repair, and recycling.
Keeping e-waste out of landfill brings many benefits to consumers and the environment including the recovery of scarce or non-renewable materials that would otherwise be buried with other waste.
Improved collection and recycling options for consumers also means that we can safely recover hazardous and toxic substances ( eg. mercury, cadmium, lead and brominated flame retardants), that are found in some electronics.
The ABC’s War on Waste highlights the impact of e-waste including batteries, and why we need to do more in Australia to make it easier for consumers to reuse and recycle electronics and batteries.
Will LeMessurier noted that MRI E-cycle Solutions assisted the War on War series showing how ewaste is recycled and explaining why, how and what is recycled in Australia versus overseas in locations such as Korea and Japan under strict regulations and licencing.
“Australia can do much better to improve consumer confidence by ensuring that e-waste recyclers are more transparent about their processes. The public should only use recyclers independently certified to the Australian and New Zealand ewaste Standard AS/NZ 5377” added Mr LeMessurier.
MRI E-cycle Solutions, diverts thousands of tons of televisions, computers, printers and accessories from landfill across Australia under tightly regulated Commonwealth and state legislation. Our Drop Zone program is an approved Co-regulatory Arrangement under the Federal Government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS).
“There are however still many categories of ewaste that fall outside the NTCRS, including power-tools, photovoltaics and batteries, that will go straight to landfill in the absence of comprehensive national stewardship schemes to fund the collection, reuse and/or recycling of anything with a plug or a battery” said Mr LeMessurier.
The sooner the NTCRS can be expanded to include all products with a plug or battery, the sooner all Australians can benefit from simple and free collection and recycling solutions for all electronics and batteries.
Overall awareness of existing e-waste recycling programs also needs to increase dramatically. Consumers have a key role to play in making sure that their recycling practices are making the most of available collection and drop-off services.
Responsible disposal of unwanted electronics requires all of us to do the right thing. This will maximise the efficiency of stewardship schemes across Australia. Mainstream participation is key to success.
Talk directly to the Managing Director of MRI E-cycle Solutions
Will LeMessurier is available to answer any queries you have about reuse and recycling all types of e-waste, batteries, power-tools and photovoltaic panels.
Managing Director, MRI E-cycle Solutions
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 0419 302 682