Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Most e-waste collected for recycling: TechCollect breaks Guinness world record
SYDNEY, Australia -- Australians participated in the week-long campaign in late April that saw more than 474 tonnes of old TVs, computers and printers – that equates to more than four blue whales in weight – collected for recycling by not-for-profit recycler, TechCollect, setting the new world record for the Most e-waste collected for recycling in one week,
according to World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: In an attempt to raise awareness about recycling e-waste, TechCollect successfully set a World Record of collecting the most e-waste for recycling in one week. Over 474 tonnes of old televisions, computers and printers were collected for recycling by TechCollect across Australia as part of a week-long campaign. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the most consumer electronics recycled in one week at multiple locations is 474,227 kg (1045,491 lb 10.505 oz) and was achieved by TechCollect / ANZRP Ltd (Australia) at five locations in Australia.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most consumer electronics recycled in 24 hours at multiple venues; it is 36,455.22 kg (80,370 lb 0.04 oz) and was achieved by Sims Recycling Solutions (USA) at five locations throughout the USA.
The announcement was made at the e-waste or e-resource forum, which discussed the Federal Product Stewardship Legislation and whether it is enabling resource efficiency and the emerging circular economy.
TechCollect CEO, Carmel Dollisson, commended the community, its collection partners and recyclers for their support.
"Setting a world record for the most consumer electronics collected for recycling in one week is a wonderful outcome in the first year of the National Television and Computers Recycling Scheme [NTCRS]. It has increased the awareness of the community on the ease and benefits of recycling," she said.
TechCollect is funded by more than 60 Australian technology companies that are committed to recycling responsibly. There are more than 70 permanent TechCollect recycling sites across Australia, which are open year round and run in partnership with local councils and waste management companies.
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