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The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP

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Leading e-waste recycler to boost national TV and computer recycling scheme

Media release
11 April 2013

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme has received a major boost with one of Australia's largest e-waste recyclers signing up to deliver services.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Services, Amanda Rishworth MP today announced that Electronics Product Stewardship Australasia, which is part of the Sims Recycling Solutions group, has been approved by the Australian Government to deliver services under the ground-breaking scheme.

"The scheme is already boosting recycling rates for televisions and computers in Australia by providing households and small businesses with access to free recycling drop off points for these products. Since the first recycling services were established in May 2012, thousands of tonnes of unwanted televisions and computers have been recycled under the scheme," Ms Rishworth said.

"This scheme is the first of its kind in Australia. It requires television and computer importers and manufacturers to fund recycling services for those products. As an approved service provider under the scheme, Electronics Product Stewardship Australasia is able to sign up manufacturers and importers and collect and recycle products on their behalf."

Electronics Product Stewardship Australia is part of the Sims Recycling Solutions group, one of Australia's largest electronic waste recyclers. The approval of Electronics Product Stewardship Australasia follows that of ANZRP, DHL Supply Chain and E-Cycle Solutions in 2012, and will boost the capacity of the scheme to meet increasing recycling targets in the coming years.

Ms Rishworth said having a variety of providers in the marketplace is an important part of the scheme as it provides greater choice for television and computer manufacturers and importers.

"Having multiple industry service providers ensures more recycling options for the community. People now have greater choice of where to dispose of unwanted products at no cost to them, safe in the knowledge that they will be recycled in an environmentally friendly way."

Ms Rishworth also announced that E-Cycle Solutions has been approved to collect and recycle computers. E-Cycle Solutions has a proven track record under the Scheme, after being approved to collect and recycle televisions last year. E-Cycle is partnering with major electronics retailers to provide free recycling drop off points at outlets across Australia.

"The number of e-waste drop off points continues to grow as we approach the first anniversary of the scheme's commencement. Approved industry service providers have already established hundreds of free recycling points, and the number of drop off points continues to grow" Ms Rishworth said.

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

Further information on the scheme, including service location details, can be found at: www.environment.gov.au/ewaste