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

Tennessee Leeuwenburg tleeuwenburg at gmail.com
Wed Jan 29 01:38:10 UTC 2014

I think just a good document outlining what people can do would actually be
more useful. At home, we try to be careful with our e-waste of all kinds,
and have to figure this stuff out every year. I don't think a searchable
map would make that particularly much easier, but a document explaining the
different schemes and organisations, broken down by state or region would
be extremely valuable. That could then be sent to each of the individual
scheme managers to include on their websites for anyone wondering which
service is right for them.

On Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM, Mark Street <mrstreet at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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 :
> http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/ewastescheme/
> 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
> Regards,
> Mark Street
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> mrstreet at gmail.com
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Tennessee Leeuwenburg
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