By Claire Reilly
Hewlett-Packard Australia has become the latest consumer electronics company to officially confirm its involvement in the Federal Government’s product stewardship initiative, partnering with the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) for its e-waste recycling commitments.
Speaking about the new arrangement was Richard Bailey, HP Australia vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, South Pacific.
“HP is totally committed to the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform,” said Bailey. “We believe ANZRP offers the best environmental outcomes and a lean and transparent operating model to meet our needs.”
“We are very pleased to welcome HP as the first of a series of members to join ANZRP with others to be announced shortly,” added ANZRP general manager Carmel Dollisson. “We are very grateful for their considerable ongoing support over several years.
“E-waste will be collected, handled and recycled in accordance with environmental standards locally and internationally,” she said. “Where possible, dismantling, processing and recycling will take place within Australia and even when processed overseas it will meet with these standards.”
Like other organisations such as logistics company DHL, ANZRP is an approved organisation under the Federal Government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, which aims to increase the recycling rate of e-waste such as computers and televisions to 80 per cent by 2020-21.
“Under ANZRP’s service, the community gains free and more extensive access to permanent e-waste collection sites and improved access to collection events in regional and remote areas.
“ANZRP will run free e-waste collection events and operate e-waste drop off sites for households and small business nationally from July 2012. These locations will give the public reasonable access at metropolitan, outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas.”