By Claire Reilly

Toshiba Australia has joined the likes of Hewlett Packard and Panasonic in partnering with the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) for the recycling and collection of e-waste.

Toshiba will work with ANZRP to meet recycling targets set by the Federal Government in its National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. As part of the partnership, ANZRP will be offering free e-waste drop-off services for households and small businesses.

Speaking about the partnership, ANZRP general manager Carmel Dollisson said she was "delighted" by Toshiba’s involvement in the program.

“As an interim board member, Toshiba has been an integral part of ANZRP since its initial formation and joins other major IT and TV brands we have announced throughout the past few weeks,” said Dollisson. “ANZRP now has significant momentum and we expect to announce more members in the very near future.”

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The managing director of Toshiba Australia, Mark Whittard, was similarly positive about the decision to sign up with ANZRP.

“Toshiba, together with other major brands, has invested a number of years to achieve this outstanding combined industry-led program under the umbrella of ANZRP,” said Whittard.

“As a transparent member-based and driven organisation, ANZRP is the collective commitment of these industry-leading brands to achieve a permanent solution to Australia’s e-waste challenge and Toshiba sees this as a tremendously important step forward for the community, the country and the environment.

“Driven by robust environmental criteria, ANZRP replicates a leading model informed by many years of practical experience from overseas including Europe, Japan, Canada and the US,” he added.  “We have chosen to focus on this community-friendly recycling service as it not only meets our liability under the Product Stewardship Act 2011, it also continues to support Toshiba’s leadership in environmental management.”