All e-waste recovered through TechCollect NZ pilot programme is recycled by local recyclers who recover and recirculate as much material as possible. However, where our local recycling partners are unable to treat certain e-waste components due to recycling capability limitations e.g., printed circuit boards, or where there are limited end markets for recovered resources e.g., plastics, they are exported under permit for environmentally sound treatment or further processing offshore.
- Metals: All processed in New Zealand
- Non-leaded glass: Processed in New Zealand
- Printer and computer plastic: Sorted into polymer type, granulated and then exported to Malaysia (HIPS from cartridges and printers may be processed in China)
- PCBs: Exported to Japan for processing
- Lithium batteries: Exported to South Korea for processing
- CRT and flat screen monitors: First stage recycling performed by Abilities group in Auckland. Plastic is exported to Malaysia for processing and leaded glass is exported to Nyrstar in Australia for processing. Metals, clean glass and mercury tubes are processed in New Zealand.