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Australia Post launches new e-waste recycling service

Australia Post has partnered with TechExpress to launch a service that will enable households and small businesses to recycle unwanted and ‘end of life’ electrical goods and devices.

As the demand for new technology increases, research shows that in Australian e-waste is the fastest-growing component of the municipal solid waste stream, growing three times faster than general waste.

The latest projections indicate that more than 554,000 tonnes of electronic and electrical waste is generated in Australia each year.

Recycling service, TechCollect has launched a national e- waste shipping solution, through a unique partnership with Australia Post, in a bid to reduce the amount of e-waste that enters landfill.

All electrical goods received via TechExpress will be manually dismantled. All data is destroyed, and components are sorted into process streams where valuable materials can be manufactured to build new products, helping to create a sustainable environment and circular economy.

The initiative will run alongside ANZRP’s existing 276 drop-off sites and will provide consumers living in regional and remote areas with a convenient recycling solution.

Susan Mizrahi, Chief Sustainability Office, Australia Post, said no single company has all the solutions, reach or capability to combat e-waste recycling in isolation.

“By using our unique Australia-wide network, we have already successfully enabled customers to return hundreds of tonnes of waste streams including printer cartridges, mobile phones and coffee pods and this is a natural next step,” she said.

“With majority of our post office network regionally-based, our partnership with TechCollect builds on research that shows three-quarters of regional and rural residents see their post office as making a broader social contribution beyond providing products and services.”

Warren Overton, CEO, ANZRP – TechCollect, said the company’s focus is on a convenient solution to those who lack the time or don’t want to travel to a drop off site.

“Our research indicates that 43 per cent of people are keeping their old electronic devices, with one in five admitting to being device hoarders. Australia Post’s secure point-to-point delivery service will make life easier for those with unwanted devices to send them to a better place,” he said.

“In addition to our existing drop-off sites, this partnership will allow us to go one step further in helping Australians transition towards a circular economy to tackle e-waste, and mitigate the environmental harm that it poses.”

Consumers can recycle up to twenty-two kilograms of e-waste, including items such as mobile phones, laptops, keyboards, computer parts and accessories for a mailing fee of $14.95.

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