ANZRP recognised as a “Best For The World” B Corp

 

ANZRP has been named a Best For The World honouree by B Lab in recognition of its significant positive impact in its innovative governance structures to protect the mission of our business. Ranking in the top 10% of all B Corps for our governance impact, ANZRP earned this honour because of our overall mission, ethics, accountability, and transparency.

Best For The World recognition is administered by B Lab, the global nonprofit that certifies and supports Certified B Corporations, which are companies dedicated to using business as a force for good. Today there are 3,000 Certified B Corporations across 64 countries and 150 industries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.

B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corp Certification doesn’t just evaluate a product or service, it assesses the overall positive impact of the company that stands behind it.

“We’re incredibly proud of this year’s Best For The World honourees,” says Anthea Kelsick, Chief Marketing Officer of B Lab. “These inspiring companies represent the kinds of business models and impact-driven business strategies that are building a new economy—one that is inclusive, regenerative, and delivers value to all stakeholders, not just shareholders.”

ANZRP was measured on whether it has adopted a social or environmental mission, and how it engages its employees, board members and the community to achieve this mission. This section of the B Impact Assessment also measures employees’ access to financial information, customers’ opportunities to provide feedback, and the diversity of the company’s governing bodies.

ANZRP made this list thanks to our mission being inherently in the interest of the environment – engaged in product stewardship and promoting recycling. Social and environmental performance is also built into formal board decision-making processes and board and staff KPIs, and our formal governance processes are transparently managed by the board and its three sub-committees.

1,000 B Corps from 44 countries were named to the 2019 Best For The World lists, including Patagonia, Beautycounter, Dr. Bronner’s, TOMS, Seventh Generation, and Greyston Bakery. The 2019 Best For The World honourees are determined based on the verified B Impact Assessments of Certified B Corporations. The full lists are available on https://bcorporation.net/.  ANZRP’s B Impact Report can be seen at https://bcorporation.net/directory/australia-and-new-zealand-recycling-platform.

 


ANZRP receives certification just in time for B Corp Month

ANZRP is excited to announce it recently attained B Corporation certification.

It is the first e-waste recycling organisation in Australia to be accredited as a B Corp certified service provider.

Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability, balancing profit and purpose.

CEO Warren Overton said that perseverance through the rigorous certification process will set the company apart from other players in the industry.

“Our team worked tirelessly over months to complete the assessment and provide the evidence required to achieve certification, and we are thrilled to have that effort rewarded,” Warren said.

“The process however really began seven years ago upon inception of the business, as ANZRP’s mission and governance procedures built from the beginning paved the way for the impact we have been able to achieve.”

B Corps are leaders of the global movement of people using business as a force for good. There are over 2,700 Certified B Corporations from more than 150 industries in 60+ countries with one unifying goal – to redefine success in business.

The certification comes just in time for B Corp Month, an awareness campaign promoting B Corporations and what it means to be part of the community.

ANZRP joins an impressive community of global for-purpose brands including Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Australian Ethical, Intrepid Group and Klean Kanteen.

The performance standards B Corps meet are comprehensive, transparent and verified. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders (e.g., workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment).

As a not-for-profit organisation operating to the highest health, safety and environmental standards, ANZRP’s vision is to ensure maximum amounts of precious resources are captured and used in the manufacture of new products, and materials are handled in a way that does not cause harm to the people managing them.

Warren says this certification also means recognition among new markets.

“As a multi-industry benchmark of performance known and understood beyond the e-waste industry, attaining B Corp certification will open doors for ANZRP.”

Key activities which contributed to certification include:

Governance

Mission – We are a not-for-profit company and the objects of our constitution focus on being a Co-reg under the Product Stewardship Act, performing product stewardship and promoting recycling. If the company winds up, any surplus funds are to be transferred to a similar organisation who applies profits to similar objects.

Decision-making – Social and environmental performance is integrated in Board decision-making processes and Board and staff KPIs.

Ethics and transparency – We employ formal governance processes managed by the Board and the Board’s three sub-committees (Audit, Risk and Governance sub-committee, Sustainable Business Growth sub-committee and Nomination and Remuneration sub-committee).

Community

Diversity, equity and inclusion – We celebrate a diverse team of staff in terms of gender, age and ethnicity, and strong female representation at the Board level.

Local suppliers – High proportion of suppliers are local with a significant amount employing workers who are disadvantaged (low income communities, long-term unemployed, disability sector).

Advocacy – Strong advocacy program at the Federal and State level to improve and implement product stewardship and recycling programs and improve industry standards.

Supply chain – Rigorous supplier evaluation, selection and due diligence program.

Environment

Product stewardship – Collection, transport and recycling of e-waste across Australia through our TechCollect program.

Resource conservation – Independent life cycle assessment of our supply chain demonstrates significant avoided greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water usage and particulate matter emission as a result of our TechCollect program.

 

As the B Corp program focusses on continuous improvement, the recertification process plus the guidelines, templates and tools provided by B Corp will help ANZRP to continue to improve its performance and impact.

Check out ANZRP’s Impact Score card here: bcorporation.net/directory/australia-and-new-zealand-recycling-platform

To find out more about B Corporations and B Lab, go to bcorporation.net.

 


The year of the waste ban - a step in the right direction for Australia's recycling industry

A year on from the start of China’s National Sword policy, recycling industries and governments across the world are still adjusting to the new and rapidly changing market conditions. Policies are also evolving: by early 2019, China will prohibit the import of low-grade copper scrap (specifically small motors and insulated wires), and it has signaled its intention to ban the import of all solid waste by 2020. While many in the recycling industry have been holding out hope for a policy reversal, it is unlikely that the industry will ever be able to go back to business as usual.

As other key countries in South-East Asia follow suit with their own waste import bans, Australia (along with the EU, North America, and other developed nations) is under significant pressure to develop its own materials processing capacity, or at least improve material sorting and quality, and reduce contamination levels. While household recyclables were the main focus for state government support in 2018, e-waste has been designated as a priority stream for funding in NSW, and Victoria’s e-waste ban which comes into force in July will likely drive further opportunities for investment in the sector.

The next few years are likely to be challenging for recyclers as downstream supply chains reorganise and regulatory risks remain uncertain. However, as stated by the European Electronics Recycling Association last year, this is an opportunity for the transition to a circular economy, and Australia is no exception. The combined effect of the National Sword and greater public awareness of waste issues (in part thanks to the ABC’s War on Waste) is creating an environment which can drive much-needed innovation in the resource recovery sector, for example:

  • The microfactory recycling model, which uses innovative methods to maximise value recovery from waste without relying on economies of scale;
  • Low-energy and low-impact metal recovery and purification (e.g. low temperature methods such as environmentally friendly hydrometallurgy, or biohydrometallurgy);
  • Development of automated and robotic dismantling and sorting techniques, driven by exponential growth in AI technologies.

As the only not-for-profit, industry-for-industry Co-regulatory Arrangement operating under the NTCRS, ANZRP is in constant discussions with businesses at the forefront of such technological development. We are also formally advocating for Government to assist in the development of downstream markets within the country, so that Australia can reap the environmental and economic rewards of keeping materials in a closed manufacturing loop.

China’s decision is the consequence of market failure and prolonged unsustainable business practice; however, with strong leadership, government support, and innovation across the supply chain – both upstream and downstream – the waste sector can evolve and develop into a more resilient and more sustainable industry.

 

Dr Rob Hewlett, Program Assistant


ANZRP to build world’s first commercial e-waste plastic micro-factory

ANZRP is excited to announce its plans to build the world’s first commercial e-waste plastic micro-factory after receiving a $250,000 grant from Sustainability Victoria.

In partnership with UNSW SMaRT Centre and e-recycler TES, the micro-factory will process up to 500,000 kilograms of waste plastic per year. This will be recovered from e-waste recycling and reformed into 3D printer filament for retail sale. Worldwide demand for plastic 3D printer filament is estimated to triple during the next four years, reaching a value of more than USD$1,965.30 million by 2023[1].

With the upcoming e-waste ban in Victoria and growing restrictions on exports of mixed e-waste plastic, options to reduce the cost of recycling and keep these materials out of landfill are important. This project aims to reform a waste stream (e-waste plastic) that’s currently shipped overseas for processing.

“The e-waste plastic micro-factory is a truly circular economy approach that ensures materials are kept in productive use,” says ANZRP CEO, Warren Overton.

“We’re so pleased to be supporting Australian innovation from UNSW and TES that helps improve e-waste recycling.

“As the volume of e-waste continues to increase, technologically advanced approaches such as micro-factories will play a key role mitigating the impact of old televisions and computers.

“By working alongside industry and internationally recognised research hubs, ANZRP is committed to ensuring all e-waste is managed responsibly. This reduces environmental impact and creates employment.”

Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate, Lily D’Ambrosio says, These grants will help develop a circular economy that maximises the reuse of materials and reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfill. These exciting projects across Victoria will stop waste, boost the resource recovery industry and create jobs.”

With construction due to start early next year, the micro-factory will be housed at the TES e-waste recycling facility in Somerton, Victoria. This portable factory has the potential to be moved and process recovered e-waste plastic in other areas.

“The micro-factory has the potential to scale and accommodate the 6,000-tonne plastic feedstock that is currently produced each year from the e-waste recycled through the TechCollect program. We have taken the first step with a scalable solution that has guaranteed feedstock, strong environmental benefits, as well as economic benefits through the creation of employment opportunities in regional and metropolitan parts of Australia,” concludes Warren Overton.

[1] 3D Printing Plastics Market by Type (Photo polymer, ABS, Poly amide, PLA), Form (Filament, Liquid/Ink, Powder), End-Use Industry (Healthcare, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Electrical & Electronics), Application, and Region - Global Forecast to 2023, MarketsandMarkets


A recipe for a successful national e-waste recycling program

As New Zealand considers the benefits of product stewardship and its impact on e-waste recycling, ANZRP CEO Warren Overton sets out the critical elements for a successful national e-waste recycling program based on the Australian experience.

 

Last month we launched our TechCollect pilot e-waste recycling program just across the ditch in New Zealand.

Operating through the OfficeMax retail network, TechCollect provides 16 drop-off points across New Zealand where people can take their unwanted e-waste for recycling completely free of charge.

Already we've had an astounding level of interest, with hundreds of visits to our new website and enquiries rolling in by the dozen. This is indicative of the New Zealand public's appetite for responsible and accessible e-waste recycling, a void that has to this point not been filled. Unlike its Australian and overseas counterparts, the country has struggled to better manage the increasing volume of e-waste generated annually - a recent report from the International Telecommunications Union shows kiwis are among the world's worst offenders, producing an estimated 20kg per person per year.

 

Product stewardship is key

Australia's approach to managing the growing issue of e-waste is founded on the notion of product stewardship. This concept acknowledges that those involved in producing, selling and using products have a shared responsibility to ensure that those products or materials are managed in a way that reduces their impact, throughout their life cycle, on the environment and on human health and safety.

A key pillar of Australia's National Waste Policy is the Product Stewardship Act 2011. Established under the Act, the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) was Australia’s first producer responsibility arrangement. Under the scheme, more than 1,800 collection services have been made available to the public and 230,000 tonnes of TV and computer e-waste collected and recycled. 130,000 tonnes of that has been managed by ANZRP's flagship program TechCollect.

In recent years, the New Zealand Government has twice investigated e-waste product stewardship and on both occasions was unable to establish a long term industry funded program.

Technology industry ready to participate

Despite New Zealand's lack of regulatory enforcement, major players in the electronics industry have just committed to funding our TechCollect pilot e-waste recycling program. Microsoft, Toshiba, HP, Epson, Dell and Canon have all pledged funds to the pilot, which has been a major driver in getting the program off the ground.

The quick commitment from these world-leading organisations shows their eagerness to uphold their corporate social responsibility status, and position themselves as leaders on this issue. They understand the importance of environmental and social sustainability to their brand and are ready with their cheque book to support initiatives that shine a light on their commitment.

Key elements of a successful e-waste recycling program

Fundamental to a thriving e-waste recycling program is a model where industry covers costs of collection and recycling. The ideal approach is through a liability-based fee in a competitive environment that encourages cost competition.

Other critical factors include:

Government funding — Sufficient government funding for e-waste product stewardship is required to ensure effective program management, audit and enforcement of requirements, and promotion of the program to the whole community. Underfunding allows liable parties to avoid compliance and diminishes community engagement with the program.

Competition — Competition is good for logistics and recycling yet is counterproductive for collection as it can create duplication and inefficiencies. Due to the small size of the New Zealand market, the number of organisations engaged to deliver an e-waste product stewardship program should be limited to reduce administrative costs.

Scope — To gain the benefits of scale, for both logistics and processing, as wide a scope as possible is recommended for an e-waste product stewardship program. Under Australia’s NTCRS, only televisions, computers, printers and computer peripherals are accepted. Even though this created a pool of easily identifiable parties, making it easier to manage, inclusion of all waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) would increase the amount of liable parties and exponentially increase the volume targets, guaranteeing greater economies of scale.

Collection network — Vital to its success, a collection network must include a broad spectrum of partners, including local councils, retail providers (such as electrical goods retailers) and private recycling owner-operated sites and community facilities. Aside from maintaining the reach of the service, they also serve an important role helping educate the public through their regular interactions.

Education — It’s important for people to understand the process of recycling e-waste and where they can responsibly dispose of it, knowing that it will be managed to the highest standards in accordance with the regulatory and legislative requirements. To achieve this, a simple and consistent approach is necessary — only government can fill this requirement. After seven years, the Australian public still does not have a strong understanding of e-waste and what can be done. Government needs to take the lead and project clear and consistent messaging.

Recycling partners – Competition is good and should not be limited to a few. Strict standards need to be enforced, ensuring downstream vendor due diligence and material traceability is achieved. All recyclers who serve the program are required to meet certain standards such as compliance to AS/NZS 5377:2013 and HSE legislation, and are regularly audited to ensure reporting volumes are correct.

 

Now entering its seventh year and despite some issues that need to be ironed out, Australia's NTCRS has been acknowledged as a resounding success. Product stewardship underpinned by accessibility, collaboration, transparency and trust — these are the critical elements that form a successful e-waste recycling program.

ANZRP would welcome the New Zealand Government’s participation into our pilot program, and the prospect of matching program funding to help lengthen and facilitate its ongoing success.

To find out more about our TechCollect pilot in New Zealand go to www.techcollect.nz.


ANZRP is Social Traders certified

 

ANZRP is proud to announce we have recently achieved Social Traders Certification, joining a community of Australian businesses that are driven by a social purpose.

Social Traders exists to create jobs for disadvantaged Australians by linking business and government buyers with social enterprises.

As a supplier of an e-waste collection service, we join a network of 250 social enterprises and 36 buyer members looking to improve the social sustainability of their procurement.

Our goal in joining this network is to connect with like-minded organisations and provide our e-waste collection service to a greater number of Australian businesses and government agencies.

Since 2008, Social Traders has facilitated deals between buyers and social enterprises worth $28million and supported 350 jobs for disadvantaged people.

We look forward to the rewards this membership will bring, and the ways we can work with a community of organisations who share our values to achieve a wonderful outcome for all involved.

Visit their website to read more about their fantastic work.


People in workshop recycling computer parts

International E-Waste Day

October 13 marks the first International E-Waste Day. Founded by the WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) Forum, the day aims to raise the public profile of responsible e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle their e-waste with the resulting increase in recycling rates on the day itself and into the future.

We are representing Australia this inaugural International E-Waste Day, and will be raising awareness of e-waste recycling and educating the public about TechCollect, our national e-waste recycling program. Help us spread the word this October 13.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 50 million tonnes of e-waste will be generated globally in 2018.
  • Electronic waste is the largest growing waste stream in Australia.
  • Aussies trash 22 million printers, keyboards, mice and peripherals a year.
  • Australians have recycled enough e-waste through the TechCollect program to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the steel alone!

WHAT CAN WE DO?

 Everyone has a role to play in changing consumer habits and moving towards a circular economy – from individuals, to SMEs and international organisations.

Once your electronic device reaches its end-of-life, recycling is the next step in the product’s lifecycle. Reusing these valuable resources in the manufacture of new products closes the loop.

TechCollect provides a free, simple, environmentally-responsible solution for individuals.  There are over 100 TechCollect drop-off sites around Australia where you can take your old/unused electronics and ensure they are responsibly recycled.

If you are a small business looking for an e-waste recycling solution, call us on 1300 229 837 to see if you qualify for a free pick-up.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 66% of the world’s population is covered by e-waste legislation, however
  • 40 million tonnes of e-waste per annum is either placed in landfill, burned or illegally traded.

 WE RESPONSIBLY RECYCLE E-WASTE 

All e-waste that is dropped off at any TechCollect site is sent directly to our approved recycling partner network in Australia. Our recycling partners:

  • ensure at least 90% of all materials recovered from the e-waste we collect and recycle are reintroduced as raw materials in the manufacture of new products
  • operate to sound environmental and workplace health and safety standards

We are lobbying for downstream end-markets to be developed in Australia

To encourage a circular economy, we are actively lobbying for the development of local markets for recycling and for the use of recycled materials. We recently submitted our Consultation Paper, responding to the Department of the Environment and Energy’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011, under which we operate.

Help us spread the word about International E-Waste Day on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 


Man lifting old computer from skip bin for recycling

ANZRP meets all FY 16/17 Regulatory targets

ANZRP’s FY 16/17 Annual Report is now published on both the Federal Government and our websites. You can view it here.

We are proud to announce that we have met both Regulatory targets of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) – Recycling and Reasonable Access - and continue to maintain quality standards in a high cost-pressure environment. We also recovered over 95% of the commodities in the e-waste we collected, which is above the Scheme’s Material Recovery Target of 90%.

ANZRP is committed to making an active contribution to the enhancement and progression of product stewardship in Australia; and supporting our Members, not only with their obligations under the NTCRS, but representing them in broader product stewardship and thought leadership activities.

Education is key to driving change, which is why we invest significantly in broad-scale marketing to create community awareness and understanding of the importance of e-waste recycling and to re-evaluate the "take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model.

If you have any questions about the Annual Report, please don’t hesitate to contact us.