Great Things Come in Small Packages

Great Things Come in Small Packages


Great progress has been made in the development of ANZRP’s first mobile e-waste factory whose purpose will be to service the needs of regional and rural Victoria.

Neatly fitting in a 40-foot shipping container, this facility will provide onsite e-waste processing capabilities leading to the stripping of materials and processing of plastics.  Assisting ANZRP achieve even greater efficiencies of scale that can ultimately lead to reduced processing and handling costs, the facility will be operated through various sites in Victoria, providing local governments with close and reasonable access to much needed e-waste services.

A first of its type in Australia (if not the world), this ground-breaking approach will revolutionise the management and processing of e-waste providing large and small communities with affordable and dependable recycling and processing services. Additionally, ANZRP is speaking to high profile social enterprises in a bid to staff the service through with their personnel.

The project has achieved a number of critical milestones, including the finalisation of designs, the sourcing of equipment, obtaining liability and property insurance, and selecting a suitably qualified engineering firm to construct the facility.

Its launch has been somewhat affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and has been re-scheduled for September 2020.


New Zealand Pilot Program

New Zealand Pilot Program


In response to the COVID -19 pandemic, from midnight 25 March until further notice New Zealand took the unprecedented step of declaring a level 4 emergency and going into lockdown until April 22, where it will be reviewed and possibly extended.

Speaking to the people of New Zealand, Prime Minister Ardern said "We need as many businesses as possible to close now if our one shot at beating the virus is to be successful."

Ardern implored people to stay home and act like they have COVID -19. "Every move you make could be a risk to someone else."

As a result of these sweeping changes, TechCollect’s retail collection partner OfficeMax has closed its doors, and will no longer be offering e-waste collections.

ANZRP is closely monitoring this situation and will provide an update to members as the situation evolves.

At this stage, ANZRP has been in contact with OfficeMax, and the New Zealand Government. Information has gone out our social channels advising community of the closure and requesting people temporarily save their e-waste until further notice. Additionally, the New Zealand website has been updated to reflect this temporary suspension.


ANZRP Celebrates Net Positive Environmental Impact

ANZRP Celebrates Net Positive Environmental Impact


Working with members, collection partners and community, ANZRP delivers outcomes that are not only environmentally but socially beneficial. As a not for profit our focus is simple - to achieve a positive outcome with a net benefit to the environment and to community.

ANZRP is committed to monitoring, measuring and managing the environmental impact of its activities.

Every year, we engage Australian life-cycle assessment research firm – LifeCycles, to investigate the impact of our services. Lifecycles undertakes independent assessment of our program, evaluating environmental benefits across the supply chain relating to carbon emission savings, energy consumption savings, water use reduction and particulate matter emissions from diesel vehicles.

As a valued member, you would have recently received a report highlighting the net benefits your contribution has made to the environment over the past twelve months. At the same time, ANZRP made public its net positive environmental impact since commencing collections in 2012.

Over this period of time, more than160,000 tonnes of e-waste has been recycled by TechCollect. We are immensely proud of this result and would like to share with you its impact:

  • From an energy usage perspective, we have saved more than 2.7 million Gigajoules of energy usage. This is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 19,725 Australian homes.
  • From a carbon emissions perspective, we have prevented over 190,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere. This is equivalent to planting more than 2.8 million trees.
  • From a water use perspective, we have saved more than 990,000 cubic metres of water. This is equivalent to the annual average Australian household water consumption of more than 4,800 homes.
  • From a particulate matter emissions perspective, we have prevented at least 268,000 kilograms of particulate matter emissions from entering the atmosphere. This is equivalent to removing over 270 million kilometres of old diesel truck travel from Australian roads.

We have developed a slide pack we are happy to share with you and your stakeholders. You can access it here.