Motivated by the lack of Australian government legislation and limited options available concerning the disposal of computer e-waste, IT Recycler’s has initiated a much needed computer recycling service aimed primarily at Sydney business who wish to play an essential part in reducing computer landfill.
Due to an affluent lifestyle and a growing population, Australia is the world’s second largest waste creator after the United States, according to the Federal Department of Environment. Compared to countries such as the US, Japan and parts of Europe, Australia is yet to introduce significant national legislation that would help reduce the amount of computer waste ending up in landfill. Australia’s emerging computer recycling industry, such as IT Recycler’s, can’t remain solely responsible for managing e-waste, state and federal governments must also take an active role.
“The rate of technology is moving so fast, businesses as well as consumers tend to update their computer equipment on average every 3 years,” said David Allman – IT Recyclers business founder.
“We’ve discovered that many businesses throughout Sydney just aren’t aware of computer recycling, nor the increasing problem e-waste is to Australia’s environment. They tend to dispose of their equipment straight to landfill.
On the other hand we’ve found many concerned business owners taking interest in the way they treat the environment, but don’t know what to do. Until we approached them with our service, they’ve reluctantly been disposing their unwanted computer equipment straight to waste. The fact is there hasn’t been a convenient or viable recycling solution on offer until now”, David Allman said.
Estimates by the Australian Federal Department of Environment say that by next year, 1.6 million obsolete computers and associated equipment will be sent to landfill, 1.8 million will be sent to storage, and 16 million will already be sitting in storage awaiting an undetermined fate.