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Australia Conducts Operational Review of National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Posted by GlobalPSC at 12:52 pm, December 2nd, 2014Comments2

Australia is conducting an operational review of its National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (the scheme). Australia’s Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced the scheme’s review on 22 September 2014. A fact sheet and discussion paper on the review are now available. The Department of the Environment has invited submissions on the operational review by 6 February 2015.

The scheme was established nearly three years ago to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Recycle televisions and computers rather than landfill them.
  • Build on existing e-waste management activities across Australia, including ongoing activities by private and charitable recyclers and state and local government efforts.
  • Implement a progressively higher annual recycling target to increase television and computer recycling to 80 per cent within 10 years.
  • To incentivise investment, increase capacity and create employment within the recycling industry in Australia.

First Year Outcomes for Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:59 am, March 31st, 2014Comments1

Australia has released a report on the first year outcomes of its National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS or Scheme).

Reports have also been made publicly available for the three approved co-regulatory arrangements that were operational in 2012–13: DHL Supply Chain (Australia) Pty Limited, the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (ANZRP) and E-Cycle Solutions Pty Ltd. Two of the three approved co-regulatory arrangements, DHL Supply Chain and TechCollect/ANZRP, are GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate members.

According to the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment, a Government member of the GlobalPSC:

“A total of 635 collection services, including drop off points at major electronics retailers and local government and other waste facilities, as well as temporary collection events, were provided by the three co-regulatory arrangements between the commencement of the Scheme and the end of June 2013.

“An estimated total of 137,756 tonnes of televisions and computers reached end of life in Australia in 2012–13. Industry’s target under the scheme was to recycle 30 per cent of this amount, or 41,327 tonnes. A total of 40,813 tonnes of recycling was achieved, equivalent to 98.8 per cent of the scheme target and almost double the estimated level of recycling prior to the scheme’s introduction. DHL Supply Chain and E-Cycle Solutions exceeded their recycling targets, while ANZRP fell short of its recycling target. E-waste not covered by the scheme target remained the responsibility of state, territory and local governments. National data is not available on the amount of e-waste recycling that occurred outside the scheme in 2012–13.”

GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – TechCollect

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:29 am, July 30th, 2013Comments10

TechCollect Logo & Line - 4 Colour Version Feb 2013

 

TechCollect is an Australia-wide recycling service for old computer and accessories, printers and TVs. It is part of a big effort by industry and the Australian government to reduce the amount of electronic waste that goes into landfill through the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

TechCollect is funded by some of the world’s leading technology importers and manufacturers, and was set up by the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (ANZRP), the only not-for-profit e-waste recycling service approved by the government under the Scheme.

Some key outcomes under the Scheme include:

  • Give all Australians reasonable access to an e-waste collection service by December 2013;
  • Increase recycling of e-waste diverted from landfill from 10-17% to 30% in the first year;
  • Aim to increase recycling of e-waste to 80% by the year 2021–2022; and
  • Ensure that 90% of raw materials are recovered during the recycling process for reuse.

The TechCollect program provides the Australian community with services that enable them to safely dispose of their e-waste and have it recycled for free.

ANZRP is required to collect and recycle a specific volume of e-waste each financial year and provide ‘reasonable access’ to e-waste collection services across Australia, as defined by regulation. The target is calculated from the volume to be recycled (liability) for the scheme based on the number of televisions and computers and their peripherals that are manufactured and imported in Australia each year. ANZRP’s volume is then determined from this and is based on the volume imported and manufactured by its members (as liable parties). As at 30 June 2014, ANZRP had successfully met its volume and ‘reasonable access’ targets for the second year of the scheme.

Liable parties may also run their own recycling programs – known as Individual Producer Responsibility programs (IPR). The volume of e-waste recycled from these programs is reported through the ANZRP/TechCollect. The volume from the IPR counts towards the volume of e-waste TechCollect must collect and recycle.

TechCollect ensures its recycling standards focus on keeping old technology out of landfill in Australia and overseas, and protecting the health and safety of workers.

All products collected by TechCollect are recycled. They are broken down in Australia into their individual parts and materials. The components and materials are then processed so that the valuable resources can be recovered and reused when manufacturing new products.

ANZRP evolved from the joint work of the AIIA Environmental Special Interest Group (ESIG) members being 13 major IT brands and the PSA (Product Stewardship Association formed by CESA) representing the major TV brands. This group representing industry played a significant role in the formation of the Product Stewardship Act and Regulations and in the development of the Interim Industry Standard.  ANZRP’s establishment has been funded by the AIIA ESIG members and has their full support.

 

Making Meaningful Comparisons Between Electronics Product Stewardship Programs

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:36 pm, April 30th, 2013Comments1

     

 

 

In April 2013 DHL Supply Chain, an approved co-regulatory arrangement under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (Scheme), operator of the Drop Zone program and Global Product Stewardship Council Sustaining Corporate member, held a workshop in Sydney for liable parties under the Scheme. DHL is holding a similar workshop early May in Melbourne.

As part of our ongoing efforts to draw meaningful lessons from international experience, the GlobalPSC is conducting further research into comparing recycling rates and costs of recycling between product stewardship and EPR programs. DHL invited the GlobalPSC’s Russ Martin to preview the GlobalPSC’s research on making meaningful comparisons between electronics product stewardship programs.

The presentation, posted in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members, addresses producer responsibility programs for electronics in the US, Canada and Europe, discusses the challenges in comparing costs of electronics programs, provides several case studies and explores market trends for electronics.

Australia Seeks Feedback on Amendments to National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:09 pm, April 17th, 2013Comments1

The Australian Government today released a discussion paper which proposes amendments to the regulations governing the administration of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP said the public consultation period offers an opportunity for interested parties to help build on the early success of the scheme.

“The discussion paper is based on the experiences gained during the scheme’s first year of operation and on feedback from the television and computer industry organisations running the scheme,” Ms Rishworth said.

“Given its ground-breaking nature, we commenced the scheme anticipating that operational experiences would identify further opportunities to fine-tune and enhance the scheme as it matured. After twelve months the signs are that the scheme is progressing well, and by monitoring the roll-out closely we’ve been able to identify some enhancements to strengthen it further.”

Through its own analysis, together with broad stakeholder feedback, the government has identified four key areas where the scheme could be further enhanced.

These are:

  • better matching of product codes and conversion factors (as assisted by MS2)
  • strengthening the capacity of co-regulatory arrangements (including DHL Supply Chain) to manage risk
  • simplifying administrative processes for e-waste collection and recycling
  • aligning the scheme’s activities more closely with the waste stream and the community’s requirements for recycling.

To address these areas, the government is proposing amendments to the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011, with effect from 1 July 2013.

Ms Rishworth said the government is pleased with the roll out and the initial success of the scheme.

“Since commencing on-ground activity in May 2012, thousands of tonnes of unwanted televisions and computers have already been recycled and over two hundred collection services have been established across Australia.”

“The scheme is achieving what it was set up to do—reduce the amount of e-waste going to landfill by providing householders and small business with free access to recycling services across the country—and these amendments will ensure its continued success.”

As part of a possible second phase of amendments to take place after 30 June 2014, the consultation is also seeking views on whether there is benefit in extending the scope of the scheme to cover similar electronic products, such as home entertainment equipment including video cassette recorders, DVD players, set top boxes, video game consoles and stereo equipment; refining the calculation of the total ‘waste arising’ and further refining product codes and conversion factors.

The discussion paper is available here.

Submissions are due by 7 May and can be submitted to ewaste@environment.gov.au.

Stakeholder forums will be held during April and May 2013 to discuss the proposed amendments. Dates and venues for the stakeholder forums will be available on the department’s website at www.environment.gov.au/ewaste.

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.

Information from media release by The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP dated 17 April 2013 titled Amendments to National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme released for public comment.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:53 pm, February 29th, 2012Comments1

The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to have as one of its longest-standing members Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services.

 

Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services, a division of The Mai-Wel Group, provides a comprehensive electronic waste recycling service of all electronic goods for Government, businesses large and small plus residential ratepayers.  All items are disassembled to commodity components locally in the Hunter Region of New South Wales (Australia), by people with a disability, providing a cost-effective service for business to recycle their unwanted electronic items when they reach their end of life.  Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services is able to provide a Hunter-wide, and in fact anywhere north of Sydney, solution for the National Television and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme.  Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services has three years’ experience in the provision a municipal electronic waste solution and currently provide e-waste management services for eight Hunter Councils.  For more information call +61 2 4933 4588, visit www.maiwel.com.au, ‘like’ The-Mai-Wel-Group on Facebook or follow @TheMaiWelGroup on Twitter.

Content provided courtesy of Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services.

TV and Computer Product Stewardship Regulation in Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:29 pm, November 9th, 2011Comments0

Australia’s Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 took effect on 8 November 2011, three months after the Product Stewardship Act 2011 took effect. The Regulations provide for national, industry-run arrangements for collection and recycling of end-of-life televisions, computers and computer peripherals under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. The Regulations and Explanatory Notes are now available.

Consultation on Australia’s Draft Regulations for the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:12 pm, September 5th, 2011Comments0

The Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities will release an exposure draft of the Product Stewardship (Television and Computer) Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) which will underpin the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme in early September 2011 for a four week public consultation period. Following the consultation process, the Regulations are expected to be made into law before the end of 2011.

Consultation on the exposure draft of the Regulations allows all stakeholders and interested members of the community the opportunity to consider and contribute to the final content of the Regulations and operation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Consultation on the draft Regulations builds on the extensive consultation undertaken in March and April 2011 on the proposed design of the Regulations.

Public meetings will be held nationally between 13 September 2011 and 21 September 2011 in all Australian capital cities.

Public Meetings
Date Location Time Venue
Tues 13 September 2011 Sydney 10:00am – 12:00pm Rydges World Square
Tues 13 September 2011 Adelaide 8:30am – 10:30am Rydges South Park
Wed 14 September 2011 Brisbane 9:30am – 11:30am Mantra South Bank
Wed 14 September 2011 Melbourne 8:30am – 10:30am Oaks on Collins
Mon 19 September 2011 Canberra 8:30am – 10:30am National Portrait Gallery
Tues 20 September 2011 Hobart 11:00am – 13:00pm Grande Mercure Hadley’s Hotel
Tues 20 September 2011 Darwin 9:30am – 11:30am Mantra Pandanas
Wed 21 September 2011 Perth 8:30am – 10:30am The New Esplanade Hotel

There is also an opportunity for face-to-face discussions with Australian Government officials in a set number of meetings for individuals or organisations who have a substantial interest in the Regulations. These meetings are limited to half hour sessions and pre-registration of interest is essential. The department regrets that it may not be able to accommodate all requests.

For planning purposes please pre-register your attendance at the public meetings or the bilateral meetings as soon as possible (at least 3 business days before the scheduled date), by emailing ewaste@environment.gov.au. Please include your name, organisation, contact details and number/names of attendees. For those who pre-register for bilateral meetings, a departmental official will respond with confirmation of the meeting.

For more information on the public meetings, please visit www.environment.gov.au/ewaste. A copy of the exposure draft of the television and computer Regulations will also be available from this website once released.

Content provided courtesy of Cathy McGowan, A/g Director | Product Stewardship E-Waste Team, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

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