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Educating tomorrow’s e-waste warriors

Posted by | May 13, 2019 | Unplugged, Unplugged May 2019 | No Comments

A flyer distributed to teachers at the recent National FutureSchools Expo calling for expressions of interest.

TechCollect will soon be inviting schools across the country to help us win the war on e-waste. After the popularity of the ABC’s War on Waste and its success among the younger demographic, it’s obvious there is public concern for where our e-waste goes, and our biggest ambassadors may be our smallest members of the community.

We are working on a pilot program for e-waste education and recycling in schools which will allow us to reach these waste warriors and educate them on the benefits of e-waste recycling and product stewardship. During the pilot we will work with a range of schools in Victoria to determine the best arrangement for their specific needs, from holding a one-off e-waste collection event to setting them up as a permanent collection site. In all cases we hope that the schools will embrace this as an opportunity to teach values of sustainability and environmental stewardship within class time.

Last month we exhibited at the National Future Schools Expo, where we met a wide range of interested teachers, principals, IT managers and eLearning coordinators. It was very encouraging to hear that students are extremely savvy when it comes to recycling, and are aware that the materials in electronics are valuable. Recognising that the delegates of this expo were forward-thinking education professionals, it was great to see that almost all believed their school would be interested in such an initiative. These school representatives also expressed a need to dispose of their own IT equipment, particularly those who were aware of the Victorian e-waste to landfill ban, due to begin on July 1 this year.

This program will not only strengthen our position as a thought leader in our industry, but will provide greater security of collection volumes as the regulatory target continues to increase, and will assist us in reaching our reasonable access requirements under the Scheme.

If you believe a school in your area would be interested in being involved in the program, please feel free to put them in touch with us. Correspondence should be directed to katie.braid@anzrp.com.au.

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TechCollect is the official recycling program of ANZRP under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme