Responsibly recycle your e-waste with Noel Leeming
In New Zealand, e-waste is increasing at a rate three times faster than municipal waste streams, with the average Kiwi generating more than 21kg of unwanted and end-of-life e-products each year. We hope this programme will help New Zealand divert a significant amount of e-waste from landfills, and recover precious resources to be recycled.
Noel Leeming, in partnership with Tech Collect NZ, is offering free e-waste collection at 16 of our stores nationwide.
We can help you recycle a wide range of e-waste products at any one of our participating stores. Simply take it to the customer service desk, drop it off and we’ll take care of the rest.
There are some limitations to what we can accept, so be sure to check the list of accepted items and delete any of your personal data prior to drop off.
What we take
What we accept?
Personal and laptop computers and all cables.
What we accept?
Tablets, notebooks and palmtops.
What we accept?
Computer monitors and parts (e.g. internal hard drives and CD drives).
What we accept?
Computer peripherals and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs and modems).
What we accept?
Printers, scanners, and multi-function devices.
What we accept?
Cameras and video cameras.
Frequently Asked Questions
This service will be offered at 16 Noel Leeming stores across Aotearoa. Please find the store list below for your reference:
|Northland||Whangarei Supa||Okara Shopping Centre, Shop 12, 4 Port Road, Whangarei|
|Auckland||St Lukes Mega Centre||Cnr St Lukes Rd & Wagener Plc, Mt Albert, Auckland|
|Wairau Park||3-5 Croftfield Lane, Wairau Park, Glenfield, Auckland|
|Manukau Supa Centre||Unit E, Manukau Supa Centa, Cnr Cavendish & Lambie Drvs, Manukau, Auckland|
|Waikato/BOP||Te Rapa||The Base, Te Rapa Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton|
|Tauranga||266 Cameron Rd, Tauranga|
|Rotorua/East Coast||Rotorua||Rotorua Central Mall, AMohau Street, Rotorua|
|Taranaki/Hawke's Bay||Napier||305 Hastings Street, Napier|
|New Plymouth||Unit 1, The Valley Mega Centre, 2-20 Rifle Range Road, New Plymouth|
|Manawatu/Whanganui||Palmerston North||245 Rangitikei St, Palmerston North|
|Wairarapa/Wellington||Lower Hutt||31 Knights Road, Lower Hutt Central, Lower Hutt, Wellington|
|Nelson/Marlborough||Nelson||60-80 Bridge St, Nelson|
|Canterbury||Moorhouse||166 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch|
|Southland/Otago||Dunedin||132 Crawford Street, Dunedin|
|Queenstown||Tenancy 31, Building 6, Five Mile Shopping Centre, Corner Frankton & Grant Road, Queenstown|
|Invercargill||42 Leven St, Invercargill|
In June 2020, TechCollect NZ was granted funding under New Zealand’s Waste Minimisation Fund to expand the TechCollect NZ e-waste service to an additional 16 sites by January 2021 ensuring good geographical coverage. The number of Noel Leeming stores selected to participate in the program reflect this target.
The program is available in the 16 participating Noel Leeming stores from Jan 11th, 2021 and will run until 31 December 2021.
The one-year program partnership period reflects the funding package timeline i.e., the available funding allocated to support program expansion and operations conclude on 31 December 2021.
A broad range of e-waste items will be accepted at the 16 Noel Leeming stores. The items include:
- Personal and laptop computers and all cables
- Tablets, notebooks and palmtops
- Computer monitors and parts (e.g. internal hard drives and CD drives)
- Computer peripherals and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs and modems)
- Printers, Scanners, and multi-function devices
- Cameras and video cameras
E-waste can be described simply as any unwanted or end-of-life devices which require a plug or battery to operate (including batteries themselves).
As a starting point for Aotearoa’s product stewardship investigations for electrical and electronic products (or e-products), and following the New Zealand Government’s priority product declaration, e-products and e-waste are defined as follows:
Electrical and electronic products (or e-products) means equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields and designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1,000 volts for alternating current and 1,500 volts for direct current. Unwanted and end-of-life e-products (or e-waste) means electrical or electronic equipment which is waste within the meaning of e-products, including all components, sub-assemblies and consumables which are part of the product at the time of discarding.
This free service is available to households and small businesses looking to recycle responsibly once their ICT (Information and Communications Technology) equipment is unwanted or has reached the end of its useful life. If you are a corporate business, please contact your waste and recycling service provider for professional e-waste recycling services, and/or your local council.
Customers can take the accepted e-waste items to one of the 16 Noel Leeming stores offering the service and hand it over to our staff at the customer service counter. Our team and our recycling partners will take care of the rest.
FEES AND CHARGES
This is a free service - funded by TechCollect NZ's members Canon New Zealand, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Microsoft and Toshiba.
It is the customer’s responsibility to clear the electronic devices prior to dropping it off in store for recycling. Customers can protect their personal information by securely and permanently wiping the data on the devices. For more information about how to do this, go to: https://techcollect.com.au/delete-your-data/.
Short Answer: All e-waste recovered through Noel Leeming in partnership with TechCollect NZ is recycled by local recyclers who recover and recirculate as much material as possible. However, where local recyclers 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 and non-leaded glass will be processed in New Zealand.
TechCollect NZ ensures at least 90% of the valuable resources embedded within electronic products (by weight) are recovered and re-used as secondary raw materials in the manufacture of new products, helping to drive circular economy outcomes in Aotearoa.
Whilst first stage recycling activities are able to be performed locally, New Zealand does not produce a large enough volume of certain e-waste to make it viable to recycle everything in the country. Furthermore, in some cases our local e-waste management sector lacks the capacity and/or capability to manage all e-waste products and components within Aotearoa e.g., solar panels, certain battery chemistries like Nickel cadmium etc. This is why some e-waste is sent offshore to countries that specialise in recycling specific product materials and components.
Throwing e-waste in the rubbish leads to overflowing of landfills and can cause damage to the environment. Throwing e-waste in the rubbish is also a wasted opportunity to rescue valuable resources worth recovering and can lead to combustible waste fires in landfills, especially for products and devices containing lithium-ion battery power supplies.
E-waste is increasing at a rate three times faster than municipal waste streams with the average Kiwi generating more than 21 kg of unwanted and end-of-life e-products each year.
The e-waste recycling program is made possible by the partners below: