December 13 is TechCollect’s annual Waste Not, Want Not Day, a responsible recycling initiative which sees Australian businesses recycle old electronic waste (e-waste) left unwanted in the office.

Research reveals 6.5 million tonnes of business waste is going into landfill every year, yet nearly eight-out-of-ten small businesses believe reducing waste and increasing recycling is a key component of being a sustainable and ethical business.

Carmel Dollisson, CEO of TechCollect, says, “It is crucial business owners ensure responsible waste management practices are in place not only for the environment but to meet changing employee and customer expectations around this important issue.”

“Businesses who put sustainability at the top of their agenda report higher recruitment and staff retention rates, and an overall increase in employee engagement and productivity. As awareness of good recycling practice continues to grow among Australians, employees also expect their company to have an active environmental policy in place.

“While there are many businesses doing a good job at recycling other items such as cardboard and paper, there is much more work to be done in the corporate sector in electronic waste recycling. We need to create an environment in which responsibilities are more evenly shared, encouraging businesses to become active players in the management and recycling of the electronic waste they’re responsible for, which will also encourage their employees to do the same at home,” concludes Dollisson.

Under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) only the following products can be dropped off for recycling at a TechCollect service location;

  • Personal and laptop computers and all cables
  • Tablets, notebooks and palmtops
  • Computer monitors and parts (e.g. internal hard drives and CD drives)
  • Computer peripherals and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs and modems)
  • Printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices
  • All Televisions