The Australian Post, in collaboration with the state-owned recycler of computers, computer equipment and televisions TechCollect, has set up a new way of handing over old mobile phones and computers – the state-owned TechExpress service. Under the new scheme, consumers can store old equipment in a bag or box and deliver it as a shipment anywhere in the country. The purpose of the cooperation is to facilitate the responsible disposal of e-waste for users, especially rural residents who do not live near the collection center.
Australians are among the largest consumers of technology in the world, and e-waste is growing three times faster than general municipal waste. Australia produces around 554,000 tonnes of electronic and electrical waste (WEEE) each year. Research shows that Australians (like us) accumulate e-waste instead of recycling it.
A survey of the use of postal services shows that most rural people see their post office as a broader social contribution that only upgrades the provision of products and services. The opportunity to recycle this fast-growing waste stream is another way to connect and support rural postal customers.
Consumers can recycle up to 22 kg of WEEE, such as laptops, mobile phones, keyboards, mice and computer parts (batteries, modems, memories) with a postal item that costs just under A $ 15. good 9 €. The sender adds a sticker to the e-waste packed in a mail bag or box, which is printed as a completed form on the TechCollect website. The package is then deposited in any Australian mailbox.