DHL Receives Approval to Handle Electronic Scrap in Australia

Logistics firm says it is the first approved national service provider under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

March 13, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
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The logistics company DHL Supply Chain (Australia) Pty Ltd. says it has been approved as the first organization to deliver services under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, an initiative that seeks to reduce electronic scrap that is landfilled in the country.

The goal of the scheme is to increase the obsolete electronics recycling rate from 17 percent in 2010 to 80 percent by 2021.

DHL says that its role in increasing the recycling rate will be to collect and recycle obsolete electronics on behalf of television and computer equipment importers and local manufacturers. The company says it will work in partnership with local councils.

“This is a historic project for Australia, and DHL is proud to be the first organization approved to achieve an 80 percent recycling target by 2021 on behalf of the television and computer industry. DHL takes responsibility as a corporate citizen seriously,” says Terry Ryan, CEO, South Pacific, DHL Supply Chain. “We recognize environment, climate and protection as areas where we can make important contributions. With our global GoGreen program we aim to minimize the impact of our business on the environment.” The program is expected to begin by the middle of 2012 with access to the services expanding across the country by the end of 2013.

In Australia, DHL will be required to undertake the following:

  • Achieve annual targets, starting with a 30 percent recycling rate for televisions and computers in 2012-13 and rising to 80 percent in 2020-21;
  • Complete roll-out of reasonable access to free collection services across Australia by December 2013;
  • Meet a material recovery target of 90 percent by 2014-2015 onwards; and
  • Ensure that appropriate occupational health and safety and environmental practices are in place.