On Thursday the 17th of August, our Jodie Bricout was in Canberra for the official launch of ANZRP’s White Paper in response to the current review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011.
The White Paper, which can be viewed here, outlines how ANZRP believes current legislation can be improved to create better recycling practices in Australia. The Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) is a not-for-profit, industry-for-industry, Government-approved Co-regulatory Arrangement operating the TechCollect program under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS).
In 2016 ANZRP engaged Lifecycles to calculate the average carbon footprint value for recycling one tonne of mixed television and computer waste using life cycle assessment methodology. The assessment included emissions associated with the collecting, recycling and the downstream processing of e-waste and the benefits associated with avoiding the production of virgin materials. It was found that when ANZRP recycles one tonne of e-waste this resulted in a saving of 981 kgCo2e emissions. The Co2 burden associated with collecting, recycling and processing e-waste is entirely offset by the benefits associated with avoiding the production of virgin materials: in particular iron, aluminium, copper and platinum group metals.
We are proud to have these figures mentioned on page 3 of the White Paper and to be associated with the ANZRP, which through the NTCRS, has to date made more than 1,800 collection services available free to the public, and collected and recycled more than 200,000 tonnes of TV and computer e-waste.