In partnership with TechCollect NZ, Noel Leeming is set to trial a free e-waste recycling programme at 16 of its participating stores nationwide.
Customers and small businesses can take e-waste including printers, computers, laptops and tablets, as well as peripherals such as keyboards, mice, power supplies, monitors, copiers, scanners and multifunction printers and cameras to a participating Noel Leeming retail store. Customers are responsible for clearing personal data from devices prior to dropping it off in store for recycling.
Excluded products include televisions, white goods, non-IT electronics, loose batteries, toner and ink cartridges. Mobile phones can continue to be recycled through the Noel Leeming partnership programme with Re:Mobile.
“E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, with the average Kiwi generating more than 21kgs of e-waste each year. By introducing a programme where unwanted Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment can safely be recycled, we are hopeful we can divert a considerable amount of e-waste from New Zealand landfills,” says David Benattar, Chief Sustainability Officer at The Warehouse Group.
As part of the partnership, Noel Leeming will encourage recycling and reusing wherever possible and adhere to stringent health, safety, and environmental standards to support a sustainable environment and circular economy.
“We are pleased to be able to offer another way for climate-conscious Kiwis to live more sustainably. The service aims to process as much material in New Zealand as possible; however, some components recovered will get processed overseas,” Benattar adds.
Noel Leeming is the exclusive retail partner for the expanded TechCollect NZ programme.
“We are delighted to be working with Noel Leeming to tackle the challenge of responsible and sustainable e-waste management, whilst helping New Zealand transition towards a more circular economy.
“As the demand for new technology increases so does our e-waste footprint, with nearly 100,000 tonnes of e-waste generated in New Zealand each year. In addition to the support provided by Noel Leeming, we are fortunate to have the backing of some of the world’s leading technology brands such as Canon, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Microsoft and Toshiba supporting our initiative and spearheading e-waste product stewardship in New Zealand,” says Michael Dudley, Senior Policy Manager at TechCollect NZ.