All electronic waste is dismantled, categorised and processed through the appropriate ISO14001 audited channels.
By processing the e-waste ourselves into the raw components (Reduce – Reuse- Recycle) we avoid additional logistics and handling charges for down-stream waste treatment. The size and scale of our operation allowed us to successfully process 85,000 televisions as part of the Ministry for the Environment national TV Take-back scheme.
It is possible to recycle many parts of an IT system, particularly monitors, PCs, printers, laptops, mobile phones and servers. All products, including plastics are currently recycled within New Zealand and are broken down into components for resale or reuse as components for other product purposes.
Remark-IT’s disposal process is tracked end to end within Remark-IT’s extranet system of which customers have full access to track collection and disposal data for any of their assets that enter the chain of custody process.
We initiated funding from the Government to do the first ever e-waste study in New Zealand. We were the first to apply for a Basel Permit to ship CRT Monitors offshore for disposal in an eco-friendly way. We were at the forefront of initiating and organising the first ever New Zealand e-Day where consumers were able to dispose of their computer waste for free. This helped to inspire a nation which has resulted in many other organisations like ours, Councils and Corporates being involved in running e-Days in other parts of New Zealand.
Through our National and International Network we can organise the disposal of most IT waste, aiming at diverting in the area of 98% from Landfill. Much has been made of the pollutants that exist in obsolete IT equipment. For example, a CRT monitor can contain up to 3Kg of lead, this poses a serious health hazard if the monitor is just dumped in a landfill, the lead could leach into the soil and contaminate it.
The best way to dispose of equipment is to recycle it back into a "useful life", sometimes referred to as re-purposing. There are many groups, small business, schools, and end users that find great value in second-hand equipment. As we reuse equipment it can extend it’s useful life upto 10 years, rather than equipment sitting in rooms with its value decreasing daily or dumped in landfills, it's better to get the equipment back into a situation of usefulness.