Baseline analysis of mass balance rate of TV and computer recycling in Australia   Leave a comment

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities would like to advise that the report; “Baseline analysis of mass balance rate of television and computer recycling in Australia” has been released onto the Department’s website. The report was prepared by Equilibrium.

The National Television and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme (the Scheme) was agreed to in November 2009 by all Australian governments through the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC). The Scheme aims to increase the collection, material recovery and recycling of end-of-life televisions, computers and computer peripherals to 80% by 2020-21. To achieve this, the Scheme will be underpinned by Regulations that will set enforceable collection-for-recycling targets.

Following the decision by the EPHC to establish the Scheme, a joint government and industry Implementation Working Group (IWG) was established to facilitate arrangements for developing the Scheme, including key performance indicators (KPIs) which can be used to track progress toward achieving Scheme objectives. The draft KPIs include a measure for material recovery which would be the percentage and number of tonnes of collected material that is recovered.

This study incorporates a survey of existing collection and recovery practices to determine an appropriate success factor for the material recovery KPI for the Scheme and whether it would be appropriate to set an enforceable material recovery target in the Regulations. The study was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC).

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