By Ian Neubauer

MELBOURNE: Peak information and telecommunications sector body Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), has initiated a pilot computer-parts recycling campaign in Victoria that aims to reduce the quantity of hazardous waste that ends up as landfill.

The program will offer no-cost computer recycling across the state for 18 months to individual and commercial users of computer technology. The pilot will be managed in conjunction with Sustainability Victoria and will encourage participation from manufacturers, distributors and retailers of computer appliances.

AIIA CEO, Sheryle Moon, said a number of computer manufacturers will participate in the trial but refused to reveal their names until the trial is officially launched in September.

“I am more than happy to talk with any corporation interested in participating,” she said.

“We can include them in the program as we go forward.”

Moon cited corporate responsibility as the principal motive of any company wishing to participate in the trial.

“If you make it you should have a responsibility to dispose of it responsible. All reputable organisations around the world have that view,” she said.

The AIIA will consider using the trial as a model for a compulsory nationwide recycling program for hazardous waste if it meets its objectives.

“Whether we take it interstate would depend on its success in Victoria,” Moon said.

“As with anything, you’ve got to start somewhere.”

E-waste is hazardous as it contain high levels of lead, mercury, cadmium and flame retarders, among other toxic materials, experts have said.