Drop Zone: DHL Envirosolutions supports e-waste recycling in Australia
As part of its National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, the Australian government has commissioned DHL Supply Chain Australia to handle its program for collecting worn out televisions and computers. The division’s environmental services arm, DHL Envirosolutions, responded by developing the “Drop Zone” program. Drop Zones are collection stations located at municipal recycling centers and retail stores where individuals and small companies can drop off their old televisions, computers and monitors free of charge. The government’s goal is to increase the proportion of recycled appliances as a way to prevent valuable and/or potentially hazardous electrical waste (e-waste) from ending up in the landfill. By June of the reporting year, the initiative had already achieved its first interim target by recycling more than 18,000 tonnes of old equipment.
Since the project launch in May 2012, DHL Supply Chain in Australia has established well over 400 Drop Zones (with more to come) and, already today, more than 75% of Australia’s population has access to a Drop Zone. E-waste collected at the Drop Zones is then processed by qualified recycling facilities.