[@OKFNau] Idea for OpenData Project : Computer Parts / E-Waste Recycling

Nic Mason contact at nicmason.com
Wed Jan 29 06:22:53 UTC 2014

Hi Mark,


Thank you for writing up this review of the current state of tech recycling in Victoria.  I think your idea is a good one, as I have a need for these services also, and I’m sure many others do, too.


It’d be great to get all the data organised in some easier-to-use/access way…


I have a non-profit site in development that could be used to host the resulting project:  recycling.org.au






Nic Mason

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From: okfn-au [mailto:okfn-au-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Mark Street
Sent: Tuesday, 28 January 2014 11:21 AM
To: okfn-au at lists.okfn.org
Subject: [@OKFNau] Idea for OpenData Project : Computer Parts / E-Waste Recycling


Hi All, 

I have a problem, which I don't think anyone is solving very well at the moment and I wondered if there is anyone on this list who wants to have a look at it together. 

I have a couple of old Computers, Printers and Monitors which I want to dispose of, and I don't want to pay someone to collect it. I google-ed around for where to recycle e-waste and all I find is :
http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/households/waste-and-recycling/television-and-computer-recycling : 
which points you to : 


unfortunately this does not show anything close to me, other than the local Officeworks, and they won't take the spare parts and other (partly disassembled) junk I have.  


It seems that there are 5 different industry run schemes under the new 2011 Product Stewardship laws : 
- TechCollect http://techcollect.com.au 
- DHL's http://dropzone.org.au
- http://www.ecyclesolutions.net.au/
- http://reverseewaste.com.au/
- Sims Recycling http://www.apac.simsrecycling.com/

All of them have different location lists and maps, some of which overlap. All of them have different parameters, including fees for collection, and none of them are shown in a nice-to-use easy-to-search way. It took me over an hour of searching, to find the info, just to write this email, and most people won't bother with that.


I would suggest that a short term project involving PlanetArk and/or the Sustainability Dept, could create an easy to search, interactive top level map built on Open Data tools 


would love to know what people think of the idea 


Mark Street

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