Dial Up Responsible Recycling
E-waste is one of the fastest growing forms of waste. But on the plus side there are free and easily accessible programs to collect and recycle some of the most significant types.
‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’
Since 2003 more than 35 million cartridges have been diverted from landfill through ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ and all with zero waste to landfill from Close the Loop’s processes. As a voluntary extended producer responsibility program the participating manufacturers – Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera - cover the cost of all their cartridges.
Cartridges can be dropped into the boxes at all Officeworks stores and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Office National stores. You can also apply for a free collection box for your workplace.
MobileMuster is the mobile phone industry's official product stewardship program. It provides a free recycling service across Australia for all types of mobile phones, batteries chargers and accessories.
Old mobiles can be dropped off at thousands of phone retailers or they can be mailed back from any Australia Post outlet or by downloading a free reply paid label. Schools and workplaces can sign up as collection points.
TechCollect for TV and Computers
Since it was set up in 2012 TechCollect has recycled more than 130,000 tonnes of e-waste – keeping it off the streets and out of landfill. TechCollect is one of the industry arrangement set up under the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme. The scheme means that consumers can access free and convenient recycling locations across the country.
Over 300 million household batteries end up in landfill each year. There is no national, industry-led recycling program for batteries but many councils and some retailers (like Aldi Supermarkets) offer collection points.
The Other Electronics
Councils and Storage King offer some options for small electronics like game consoles, DVD and CD players, cameras and so on.