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The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

E-waste recycling scheme goes from strength to strength

Media release
2 July 2013

An experienced Sydney-based recycling company is the fifth organisation approved to deliver services under the Australian Government's groundbreaking National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Services, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP today announced that Reverse E-waste has been approved by the government to collect and recycle televisions and computers on behalf of industry.

"The approval of another service provider is good news for householders and small businesses alike, as they will have additional free recycling options to choose from," Ms Rishworth said.

"It is also good news for the environment, as it will only increase the volume of products recycled under the national scheme.

"Today's announcement shows that the scheme is going from strength to strength, with more recyclers keen to work with industry to further boost recycling rates for televisions and computers by providing free recycling opportunities for householders and small businesses.

"Over 400 ongoing recycling points have already been established nationwide, many at major retailers, providing a range of options for the community to recycle unwanted products."

The scheme requires television and computer importers and manufacturers to fund recycling services for those products. The scheme will recycle 80 per cent of Australia's waste televisions and computers by 2022.

"Reverse E-waste has a proven track record in recycling televisions and computer products, and it is now able to sign up manufacturers and importers and collect and recycle these products on their behalf," Ms Rishworth said.

Reverse E-waste joins ANZRP, DHL Supply Chain, E-Cycle Solutions and Electronics Product Stewardship Australasia as an organisation approved to provide recycling services on behalf of importers and manufacturers under the scheme.

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 drop-off points, can be found at: www.environment.gov.au/ewaste.

Further information regarding e-waste recycling options can be found at: http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/ewastescheme/.