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07 March 2023 | ewaste

Noel Leeming expands its e-waste programme to 11 more towns across Aotearoa

If you are looking for a responsible way to dispose of your e-waste, Noel Leeming is the place to go, with the retailer expanding its e-waste recycling programme in partnership with TechCollect NZ to 11 more stores across Aotearoa.

The programme, which was first trialled in early 2021, offers Kiwis a free e-waste collection point in their local communities, aiming to divert significant amounts of e-waste from landfills. E-waste is electronic equipment that is unwanted or has reached the end of its life.

Since the programme was introduced, over 158 tonnes of e-waste has been collected and recycled.

Noel Leeming Sustainability Partner Yi You is pleased to be able to offer this service to Kiwi communities.

“E-waste is increasing at a rate three times faster than municipal waste streams, with the average Kiwi generating more than 21kg of e-waste each year. We know Kiwis want to do the right thing with their electronic items when they have reached end-of-life, so we are pleased to be expanding the programme.”

The stores just added to the Noel Leeming e-waste programme are Sylvia Park, Henderson and Ormiston in Auckland, Hamilton, Whakatane, Gisborne, Blenheim, Greymouth, Ashburton, Northlink in Christchurch and Oamaru.

Michael Dudley, Senior Policy Manager at TechCollect NZ says, “This is another important step towards an ongoing regulated product stewardship scheme for electrical goods in NZ and highlights the crucial role convenient recovery networks play in supporting Kiwis to manage their pre-loved products in a sustainable way. Noel Leeming and our members are committed to this cause, and we thank them for continuing to lead by example, helping us to bring our responsible recycling service to as many New Zealanders as possible.”

Computers, laptops and tablets, computer monitors (CRT and flat screen), cables, projectors, desktop printers, copiers, scanners, multifunction printers, computer peripherals, cameras and video cameras can now be recycled in 27 Noel Leeming and 5 Warehouse Stationery stores nationwide. Customers are responsible for clearing personal data from any devices before they bring them into store and TechCollect NZ provide helpful guidance material and resources on their website.

Excluded items include TVs, white goods, loose batteries, toner, ink cartridges and non-ICT equipment.

Mobile phones and accessories can be recycled through Noel Leeming’s partnership with Re: Mobile which is available at all stores across New Zealand.

For more about the Noel Leeming e-waste programme visit a participating store or check out E-Waste Collection Services - Noel Leeming.

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