TechCollect is committed to recycling e-waste responsibly
TechCollect is dedicated to setting the highest Australian standard for responsible recycling. Our focus is equally on:
- keeping e-waste out of landfill
- using recycling methods that are both environmentally friendly and protect the health and safety of workers.
How is TechCollect keeping e-waste out of landfill and recycling responsibly?
Your e-waste goes to one of our recyclers, who operate to sound environmental and workplace health & safety standards, and ensure at least 90% of the commodities recovered from the e-waste we collect and dismantle are used as raw materials in the manufacture of new products.
All recyclers participating in the TechCollect program have undergone the following processes at every site:
- Independent Certification to ISO 14001 – the international benchmark for environmental management
- Training in the requirements of the Interim Industry Standard for the Collection Transport and Recycling of End of Life Televisions and Computers
- Independent Audit – TechCollect employs an independent environmental auditor to audit every recycling and processing site that we use.
You can find out more about our Recycling Partners here.
TechCollect meets and often exceeds the government set recycling targets, with over 90% of commodities recovered, to be used as raw materials in the manufactures of new products.
Why is it important to recycle responsibly?
Computers, computer accessories and TVs contain a complex mix of materials, components and substances. Once dismantled, some of these such as mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, chlorine, bromine and phosphors are classed hazardous.
If we allow our e-waste to go into landfill, over time these toxic substances and materials can leak into the soil and impact on the local environment.
The recycling process also includes manual disassembly of products or mechanical shredding and chemical processes to separate materials. These processes can, if poorly managed, release these hazardous substances into the environment and endanger the health of workers.
TechCollect provides training, safety equipment and supervision in health, safety and environmental risks and appropriate procedures to workers at collection sites and recycling events.
Preventing Illegal Export
There are many reports of computers and TVs being sold illegally overseas from Australia. In some cases, so called “working product” is shipped from Australia only to become e-waste in another country because it’s too old for effective use or is of poor quality. This product is then recycled in conditions that are dangerous to the health of the workers, the local community, and the environment.
To avoid this situation all computers, computer accessories and TVs that we collect are recycled WITHIN Australia and NOT sold as second hand products for re-use.
If products are still in good working order and current enough to be used effectively in Australia we encourage people to pass them onto a good home before bringing them to us.
The technology companies who fund TechCollect also have policies in place to maximize reuse opportunities for product returned to them and to minimise waste. TechCollect seeks to recycle products which are truly end of life.