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

Martin Marian Paulo martin.paulo at unimelb.edu.au
Tue Jan 28 23:48:28 UTC 2014

Can I commend you for not just putting the stuff out on the curb and waiting for nature to take its course? That’s what my neighbours here in Melbourne seem to do :(

This reflection of a rich society drives me up the wall. So anything that might make a difference is a good in my books.

Thus I think your idea is a good one…


Martin Paulo, Software Developer
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From: Mark Street <mrstreet at gmail.com<mailto:mrstreet at gmail.com>>
Reply-To: "A List for Open Knowledge Networks in Australia." <okfn-au at lists.okfn.org<mailto:okfn-au at lists.okfn.org>>
Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2014 11:20 am
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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

mrstreet at gmail.com<mailto:mrstreet at gmail.com>
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