We take any quantity of acceptable e-waste covered under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Take a look at the E-waste we accept page for a full list of acceptable e-waste.
No. It’s free to drop off any TV/Computer waste at our sites. The public e-waste recycling services provided by EPSA are funded by its members, companies who are liable under the Product Stewardship Act for the recovery and recycling of e-waste. Visit our Product Stewardship page to find out more about our members. This is also why EPSA can only take the equipment listed in the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme – only these items are funded under the Act.
No. You can bring as much or as little as you have, as long as it’s accepted under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
As much as humanly possible. We always recover more than 90% by weight, and for some products can be considerably higher. From 2014, the Product Stewardship Act stipulates that at least 90% recovery must be achieved for e-waste collected under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, a target our parent company, Sims Recycling Solutions, was exceeding long before the legislation. Unlike many other recycling companies, which often simply strip out the valuable commodities like copper and dump the rest in landfill, we recover and resell everything from copper to plastics and dispose of any toxic substances responsibly, so only the smallest percentage goes to landfill.
Council waste contractors are generally not geared up for specialist e-recycling, so e-waste left out in the council clean up tends to end up in landfill. Bringing your old TV or computer to EPSA means that well over 90% will be diverted from landfill. Click here to find out more about the recycling process.
It’s up to you. There are other options for giving your equipment a new lease of life, like selling on ebay or Gumtree, or offering it for free through Freecycle. Some charities will also accept electronic devices.
Only devices listed under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme can be brought to EPSA because these are the only electronics the scheme pays us to recycle. The Product Stewardship Act obliges companies to pay for the recycling of the same quantity of products they manufacture or import every year, and because TV and computer waste has been identified as the most urgent problem it is the first thing to be targeted. Future schemes may target other kinds of equipment.
Our parent company, Sims Recycling Solutions, recycles all types of e-waste and provides a variety of e-waste services and solutions to businesses. Visit www.apac.simsrecycling.com for more information, or call 1300 E RECYCLE (1300 3732 9253) to find out about services near you.
No. Before you bring any data bearing device such as a computer or external drive to EPSA, it is your responsibility to ensure that any data is transferred prior to drop off. EPSA does not take responsibility for protecting your data, nor for retrieving data from any hard disks you leave with us for recycling
Our parent company, Sims Recycling Solutions, is a specialist recycling company, not a waste disposal contractor. Our focus is not on disposing of waste cheaply, but on recovery and reuse of commodities liberated from the product stream. Sims operates under a company charter that prevents us from illegally exporting or dumping waste, or from contracting a third party who does. We employ auditors who personally visit and check our operations and those of our partners and contractors, and we have no hesitation in terminating contracts if we find that their services do not meet our high standards. You can find out more at the Sims Recycling Solutions website.
If you live in a metro area you should be able to find a point near you by the end of 2013. If not, you may need to look out for announcements about annual or biennial collection events. While the scheme is still being rolled out, you can also contact our parent company, Sims Recycling, which takes all e-waste types. Call 1800 1300 E RECYCLE (1300 3732 9253) for more information.
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme stipulates that, by 31 December 2013, in metro areas there should be one collection point for every 250,000 people; in regional areas there should be one collection event every year within 100km of towns of more than 10,000 people and 150km of towns of more than 4,000 people; and in remote areas there will be one collection event within 200km of towns of 2,000 every two years.
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