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E-waste recovery programme applauded

12 June 2006

E-waste recovery programme applauded

Green MP Nandor Tanczos today congratulated Dell Computers for announcing a computer recycling day in Wellington, and said that his Waste Minimisation Bill would ensure that the IT sector got serious about e-waste.

The Waste Minimisation (Solids) Bill comes up for its first reading on Wednesday and is likely to pass its first vote and go to select committee. It has been welcomed by those in the resource recovery sector and by local government.

One of its provisions requires brand owners to develop and implement plans for extended producer responsibility. This means taking responsibility for the waste generated over the full life cycle of a product. How different industries deal with this is up to them, subject to approval by a new national waste authority.

"One way ahead for the IT sector is to put a front-end levy on all new computer gear sold. A $50 charge, for example, would hardly be noticed by consumers, but would pay for disassembly and reuse or processing at the end of the computer's life," says Nandor Tanczos, the Green Party Waste-Free Spokesperson.

"While Dells' initiative is great, it's really just a drop in the bucket. It is time for a more comprehensive approach and my bill would provide that."

ENDS

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