Recycling old ACT Government computers saves $3m

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr still uses his old laptop when in the Legislative Assembly but outdated software and general wear and tear means it is time for the device to be replaced.

It could be disposed of at Canberra’s Mugga Lane landfill site, but such disposal puts an added burden on the system, and wastes the value the computer still holds.

To stop this from happening the Government has been working with Canberra-based company Reuse-RecycleIT to recycle computers that have reached their “end of life”.

Through this partnership, which began in 2009, 100 per cent of the ACT Government’s excess and superseded IT equipment has been saved from landfill.

The Government has earned $3 million from the sale of the old equipment.

Once the old devices are collected from the Government, they are then shipped to a reprocessing plant where the hard drives are sanitised and remanufactured, and any other repairs are undertaken.

The remanufactured computers are then ready to be sold, usually to developing countries, with many of the “new” devices being used by aid agencies.

A recent consignment from the ACT Government was sent to South Africa, after it was purchased by a United Nation aid agency for use in schools.

Mr Barr said the computers came from a diverse range of government workplaces including schools, hospitals and the public service.

“Through this process we are not only getting some value back for equipment,” he said.

“But we are able to ensure that we’re supporting disadvantaged communities both nationally and internationally where this equipment can often end up with a second useful life.”

Reuse-RecycleIT estimates more than 100,000 pieces of equipment from the ACT Government including computer, printers and projectors have been recycled since 2009.


ACT Government saves all recycled ICT gear from landfill

All of the ACT government’s excess and superseded ICT equipment since 2009 has been saved from landfill and sold, according to Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Canberra-based company Reuse-RecycleIT has presented the government with a nearly $3 million cheque representing the proceeds of sales from replaced ACT government equipment over the period.

Reuse-RecycleIT takes ex-government equipment, wipes all data from it and resells it to foreign aid agencies to use in developing countries.

The company estimates that it has recycled or re-used more than 100,000 pieces of ACT government ICT gear, ranging from computers and accessories to printers and projectors, since entering into a deal to be the ACT government’s disposal broker in 2009.

The company takes in equipment from all areas of state government, including schools, hospitals, courts and department office spaces.

Reuse-RecycleIT is part of the Capital Easy Group, which is also based in Canberra. As part of its agreement, the company has pledged to endeavour that no ICT equipment is disposed of in a landfill.

The ACT government has made sustainability a key focus, with a target of having the territory run on 90% renewable energy by 2020.


ACT Government recycles $3 million worth of ICT goods

Reuse-RecycleIT has recycled and resold about 100,000 pieces of ICT products since 2009, handing almost $3 million back.

Canberra-based Reuse-RecycleIT have recycled and resold more than 100,000 pieces of ACT Government IT equipment.

It will be presenting ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, with a cheque of almost $3 million from the sale of repurposed goods, facilitated by Reuse-RecycleIT.

It takes ex-government equipment, erases all the data and then resells it to foreign aid agencies who then provide it to for use in developing countries.

Reuse-RecycleIT is part of the Canberra based business Capital Easy Group.

Barr said that in the past five years, 100 per cent of its excess and superseded ICT equipment has been saved from landfill, recognising the value of these assets with almost $3 million being returned back to government since 2009.

The ICT equipment includes computers and computer accessories such as printers and projectors. The equipment came from all areas of the ACT government including schools, hospitals, court systems and conventional office spaces.

Reuse-RecycleIT’s services include collecting out-of-life ICT equipment from government sites, brokering the best price for equipment and ensuring the products don’t end up in landfill.

Barr said the ACT government has a 90 per cent renewable energy target by 2020.


ACTSmart Business – Actively Recycling

Reuse-RecycleIT is taking part in the ACT Government 10-step ACTSmart Business Program.

The easy 10-step process has streamlined our waste management practices and minimised our waste to landfill. It takes the hard work out of recycling.

The team at Reuse-RecycleIT is committed to improving sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.

Reuse-RecycleIT is in the final steps of achieving an ACTSmart Business Accreditation.

Reuse-RecycleIT receives ISO 14001:2004 Certification

On 14th July 2014, Reuse-RecycleIT received ISO 14001:2004 certification by Bureau Veritas.

The Environmental Management System of Reuse-RecycleIT was audited by Bureau Veritas over the preceeding 12 months and it was found to be in accordance with the requirements of the environmental management system standards: ISO 14001:2004.

Receiving the certification was a very rewarding experience for Reuse-RecycleIT.

When you partner with Reuse-RecycleIT for the Provision of ICT and Electronic Office Equipment Disposal Services, you are partnering with an Internationally Accredited Organisation who always does the right thing each and every time by the environment.

Consumer Electronics Assoc. releases study on CRT’s


A new survey by the USAS Based Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) suggests there are approximately 3.5 million tons of CRT TVs and computers still in U.S. households.

That figure, based off of telephone interviews with 1,023 adults throughout the country.  Less than half of CEA study respondents — 46 percent — said they still used or stored at least one CRT device. About 41 percent said they had recycled a CRT device.

Arriving at an accurate estimate of how many CRTs remain in the U.S. has emerged as an important point for the host of CRT recycling ventures starting to enter the market. Most industry players have operated under the assumption that nearly 400,000 tons of CRT glass – with glass accounting for about 62 percent of the overall weight of a CRT device – will need processing in the U.S. each year for the next decade.

If CEA’s new figure is more accurate, approximately 2.17 million tons of CRT glass remains for processing in the U.S., or 217,000 tons every year. “This is still an awful lot of CRTs,” Linnell noted.

Speaking at the ISRI Convention last week in Las Vegas, CEA’s vice president of environmental affairs, Walter Alcorn, echoed that sentiment. “There are still a lot of CRTs out there. … Six billion pounds of CRT TVs and 1 billion pounds of CRT monitors,” Alcorn said. By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Canberra ACT – National E-Waste Recycling Scheme

Canberra residents are able to dispose of their old or unwanted television and computer products for free under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

This is an ongoing e-waste recycling scheme available at two locations in the ACT:

  • Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre; and
  • Mitchell Resource Management Centre.

Both sites are open from 7:30 am – 5 pm, seven days per week (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day).

Accepted items include:

  • televisions; and
  • computers and computer products including: monitors, laptops/notebooks, printers/scanners, keyboards, mice and hard drives.

Limits of 15 items per person apply (a keyboard, mouse and monitor equals one item).