The Department of Environment has introduced a new methodology to clarify how material recovery will be measured and reported against the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme's (NTCRS) material recovery target from 1 July 2014.
Under the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations, all collection arrangements must achieve a material recovery target each financial year, set at 90% of TV and computer products based on weight.
Additionally, arrangements are required to report the total material recovery rate achieved at the point where the material has been processed into useable materials.
They must then report their recycling activities, including material recovery from July 1, provide evidence with respect to the latter and present an annual report by October 30 of the next financial year.
Thus, the department has developed a methodology based on chain-of-custody tracking and tracing of materials through downstream processes into useable materials and materials sent to landfill in a particular year.
While the methodology acknowledged that arrangements and their recycling service providers may use a range of different systems for recycling and material recovery and materials may be handled by more than one recycler before being processed, it said that collection arrangements must be able to track and report on the full recycling process undertaken, even where multiple recyclers are involved.
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