Thursday, May 10th, 2012
New regulations for e-waste, the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, will be introduced from July 1st 2012 and will allow consumers of TVs and computers to dispose of their old equipment for free at registered drop-off facilities.

However this new scheme, funded exclusively by the television and computer industries, may jeopardise the viability of some Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE) who employ people with disability, as large commercial interests jostle to dominate the growing e-waste sector. With tighter regulations and e-waste recycling targets to increase from 17% to 80% in 2021, the e-waste business is one set to boom, which has attracted the attention of commercial organisations.

One such ADE, Aspitech, in South Australia, has been successfully providing e-waste services since 2008 and is also leading the way in environmental sustainability by also reusing and refurbishing computers and computer peripherals. Aspitech provides further benefits to the community, students, and low income earners with the supply of viable low-cost refurbished computers pulled out of the waste stream.

Despite 4 years of operation and a demonstrated commitment to high standards in e-waste management, Aspitech is fighting a costly and competitive battle to obtain a contract with one of the National Television & Computer Scheme’s approved Co-Regulatory Arrangements.

“We are doing everything required to comply with the standards and we are ready now”, says Business Manager of Aspitech, Andrew Wallace. “Such a delay in signing up with a Co-Regulatory Arrangement will result in a significant loss of business. If we are forced to wait for a review in 6 months, our existing customers will naturally go to our commercial competitors as they will be able to offer a free service. Loss of income and customer base is detrimental for any business, let alone a not-for-profit. Furthermore, our chances of successfully attaining these contracts in 6 months time would be significantly affected.”

Andrew Continues: “The amount of e-waste is growing exponentially every year, more than any other type of waste, and it is more than 90% recyclable. So why harm the environment and people’s health in a resource dependent civilisation? The National Television and Recycling Scheme has the potential to be a leading efficient system to divert e-waste away from landfill. However in a highly competitive commercial industry, ADE’s need strong support from local, state and federal governments as well as fair consideration from the co-regulatory arrangements to stay in operation and to continue to provide employment opportunities for people with disability”.


Prepared by Robert Hart, CEO SA Group Enterprises Incorporated

For more information about Aspitech please contact Andrew Wallace on 08 8464 0766 or email [email protected]

Contact Profile


Aspitech is a business based in Adelaide that aspires to offer a responsible way to manage e-waste to achieve better environmental and social outcomes.

Originally established by Autism SA as a pilot project in 2006 it provided IT related services managed by small group of people with Asperger Syndrome and volunteers. In 2008 the project was transferred to SA Group Enterprises who have funded the fledgling enterprise to become a real business operation providing e-waste management services and is also Registered Microsoft Computer Refurbisher.

The business has grown and is now located in larger premises at Melrose Park and provides quality employment for 8 people with disability who work with and alongside trained IT professionals.
Andrew Wallace
P: 08 8464 0766
M: 042448217


disability, employment, ewaste, National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme



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