Hewlett-Packard Australia has made the first step towards carrying out its requirements under the Australian Government's Product Stewardship Act, picking Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) to collect e-waste on its behalf.
Last year, the government passed legislation in the form of the Product Stewardship Bill to ensure that everyone involved in the production, supply or use of electronic devices could share the burden of having to responsibly dispose of the devices once they reach the end of shelf life. As part of the new Act, importers and manufacturers of TVs, computers and computer peripherals, including HP, must assist in the national collection of e-waste, or appoint an approved e-waste service provider to do so on their behalf.
DHL Supply Chain Australia was, last month, the first e-waste service provider to be approved by the government, quickly followed by ANZRP. A third participant, E-Cycle Solutions, was also approved last Thursday.
HP has now signed on as ANZRP's first customer, but ANZRP general manager Carmel Dollisson expects others to pledge their support soon. The company will collect, handle and recycle HP's waste in accordance with environmental standards.
"Where possible, dismantling, processing and recycling will take place within Australia and even when processed overseas it will meet with these standards," Dollisson said.
ANZRP's other activities will include providing improved access to permanent e-waste collection sites for residents and businesses in regional and remote areas. Local councils typically have their own e-waste collection days, but these are often limited to a few days in each year. It also hopes to run free e-waste collection events and operate more drop-off sites nationally beginning July this year.