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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Third approved arrangement announced for National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Media release
4 April 2012
DF12/017

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, today announced that E-Cycle Solutions Pty Ltd is able to deliver services under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

“The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is an Australian Government initiative that will provide householders and small businesses with access to free recycling of televisions and computers,” Senator Farrell said.

“It will boost the recycling rate for these products and provide a long-term solution to television and computer waste.”

“E-Cycle Solutions joins Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) and DHL Supply Chain as an administrator of an approved co-regulatory arrangement, able to sign up television and computer manufacturers and importers and collect and recycle products on their behalf.”

A variety of providers will give television and computer manufacturers and importers choice about which arrangement they join and , equally importantly, is expected to lead to more options for Australians in terms of how they disposes of unwanted televisions and computers.

Senator Farrell said E-Cycle Solutions Pty Ltd is part of the QLS Logistics Group and has been established specifically to be the administrator of a co-regulatory arrangement under the scheme.

“E-Cycle Solutions’ business model differs from the existing approved co-regulatory arrangements and clearly demonstrates the success of the scheme in encouraging innovative approaches to providing recycling services to the community,” Senator Farrell said.

“E-Cycle will focus on providing membership to television importers, and will offer recycling services to the community primarily through electrical retail outlets. In particular, it has established a partnership with Retravision, which will provide an alternative place for consumers to drop off their end-of-life televisions.”

On-ground activity under the scheme is on track to commence in mid 2012, with access to services expanding across Australia by the end of 2013.

As an administrator of an approved co-regulatory arrangement, E-Cycle Solutions is required to achieve annual targets for recycling computers and televisions, starting with a 30 per cent recycling rate in 2012-13 and rising to 80 per cent in 2021-22, roll out reasonable access to free collection services across Australia by December 2013, and ensure that appropriate occupational health and safety and environmental practices are in place.

The industry run and funded National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is regulated by the Australian Government under the landmark Product Stewardship Act 2011.