As heralded back in June, the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations has become the first scheme to be regulated under the Australian Product Stewardship legislation introduced earlier this year.
Under the Act, households and small businesses will be able to drop off their unwanted televisions or computers at designated service points free of charge. Service points will be rolled out across the country over the next two years, with the first available early in 2012.
Initial targets for the program include a 30% recycling rate by 2012. "This is a real increase over current recycling rates and will allow for the development of improved arrangements, collection points, transport and infrastructure providers over time. The target will increase every year,” said Suzanne Campbell, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).
The scheme is based on the Byteback programme that’s been running in Victoria for several years and which showed the viability of an industry-led scheme delivered in partnership with government and the community.
According to the AIIA, the ICT companies associated with this e-waste management trial included Apple, Brother, Cannon, Dell, Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, HP, IBM, Lenovo and Lexmark. Well done to those companies for their support in getting this green ICT initiative, and legislation, up and running across Australia.