New e-waste partnership formed with social firm
A new partnership between Social Firms Australia and, e-waste recycling company, MRI is assisting companies and local government to meet the new requirements of the National Waste Policy. A new partnership between Social Firms Australia (SoFA) and, e-waste recycling company, MRI will divert electronic waste from landfill and create employment for people with a disability. Working in conjunction with MRI, SoFA is supporting not-for-profit organisations operating social firms that are equipped to recycle end of life products in conjunction with new legislation. As a result of recent legislation, importers and domestic manufacturers of televisions, computers, printers and computer products are now required to recycle e-waste. Under the Product Stewardship Act 2011, importers, manufacturers and distributors of electronics are required to subscribe to mandatory, co-regulatory or voluntary waste management schemes to recycle products when they reach the end of their useful life. The legislation is compulsory for all manufacturers and importers, and during 2012 companies have had to develop arrangements for the recycling of end of life products, or penalties may apply. Under the regulations, television, computer and computer product importers and local manufacturers must pay to have their products recycled at end of life, through an approved arrangement scheme that enables third parties to collect and recycle waste television and computer products on the manufacturers’ behalf. “Working with SoFA will allow MRI to quickly identify and establish relationships with social firms that want to expand their activities to include e-waste recycling,” Will Le Messurier, managing director of MRI states. “By making arrangements with MRI, the social firms handle the recycling under this legislation. Not only are companies and local government meeting their requirements under the legislation, they are also making a huge difference in the lives of people with mental illness and disability,” Le Messurier notes.