E-waste is one of the world’s fastest growing category of waste. Unlike most general waste, e-waste doesn’t decompose in landfill, it degenerates and damages the environment. It is estimated that globally less than 20% of all e-waste is properly treated through safe recycling practices. Most end-of-life electronics will ends up in landfill or processed through rudimentary means, such as unsafe backyard set-ups in developing countries.
Australia is one of the top ten consumers in the world of electrical and electronic products. Australians’ consumption of e-waste far outstrips the measures currently in place to effectively deal with end-of-life products. In 2014, around 25 kilograms of e-waste was generated per person in Australia and the number is rising.
To help address the growing problem in Australia, the government formed the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, an e-waste recycling scheme funded by manufacturers and importers which provides Australian households and small businesses access to recycling services for televisions and computers.
The objective of the scheme was to increase e-waste recycling from 10% in 2011 to 80% by 2026-27 with a material recovery target of 90%.
As a global electronic recycler who is firmly committed to operating under the umbrella of sustainability, Sims Recycling Solutions formed EPSA to join the scheme, as a co-regulatory arrangement to help deliver the outcome required by the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011.
With Sims extensive global reach and experience, this has enable the business to develop innovative technologies that separates and track all liberated materials (especially hazardous materials) in an efficient and effective manner. We are the only electronic recycler in Australia to provide full shredding and downstream separation processing for e-waste. Our facilities are ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, AS/NZS 1801 and AS/NZS 5377 certified. In addition, our NSW facility is also certified to ISO 9001 and R2:2013. Which helps provide a clear benchmark for best industry practices and an environmentally sustainable solution for e-waste recycling.