National Recycling Week

Published:  September 21, 2012
National Recycling Week

What do you do with your old computers, keyboards and ink cartridges? Recycle? is a handy website which was set up by Planet Ark in 2006. Its aim is to arm you with locations of your nearest recycling points for those items that you aren’t sure what to do with, such as computers, mobile phones, corks, white goods and furniture. Interestingly, the site received 160,779 queries last year with regards to recycling electronic waste. You can search by postcode or by product to find your closest recycling point.

As it’s National Recycling Week from 12 – 18 November, you can help your office/studio out by recycling the following electronic waste in the following ways:

Televisions and Computers
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, which sees manufacturers and importers cover the cost of recycling, commenced on 1 July 2012. Its growth is designed to slowly spread across the country over the coming months and years. Search for your nearest collection point here.

Printer Cartridges
The ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program manages the used cartridges of the seven participating manufacturers – Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica,  Minolta, Kyocera and Lexmark. These manufacturers cover the cost of collection, transport and recycling of the cartridges. The resource recovery is undertaken by Close the Loop, which has zero waste to landfill certification for its processes. To date, the program has recycled over 18 million printer cartridges with collection points in councils, retail stores and workplaces across the country. Search for your nearest collection point here.

Currently, household batteries can be recycled at Battery World stores, and through some councils and commercial collection boxes for businesses. MobileMuster recycles phone batteries, and car batteries can be recycled through the Century Yuasa network. Search for your nearest collection point here.

Mobile Phones
MobileMuster, the Australian mobile phone industry’s official product stewardship program, provides a free recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. Collection points exist in retail stores, Australia Post outlets and some councils, and workplaces can get free a collection box. Search for your nearest collection point here.

There are other ways that your office can get involved in National Recycling Week – more information on the Recycling Week site.

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