1. Who and what is Camera Recycle Australia?
2. Why do we need a Recycling Program?
3. When should I recycle my camera or battery?
4. Will it cost me to recycle my camera, battery and accessories?
5. How do I return the unwanted equipment back for recycling?

 

1. Who and what is Camera Recycle Australia?

CameraRecycle Australia is a voluntary recycling initiative established by Nittram Photographic Services. It has been established because of the desire to maintain high environmental standards and the commitment to product stewardship within the photographic industry.

CameraRecycle Australia aims to:

  • take back cameras, batteries and photographic accessories at the end of their useful life,
  • recover as much of the materials in these item for reuse, and
  • prevent cameras, batteries and accessories ending up in landfill.

 

2. Why do we need a Recycling Program?

Cameras, batteries and many photographic accessories are not biodegradable. Over 90% of the plastics and metals in cameras, batteries and accessories can be recovered and used as raw materials to make new products such as stainless steel, plastic park benches, plastic fence posts, garden edging, tree spikes and much, much more.

Cameras may contain small amounts of potentially hazardous substances which, if not handled correctly at the end of their lives, can harm the environment. This is primarily of concern in landfills where hazardous substances such as cadmium in the old NiCad batteries could be released into the environment via leachate from the landfill. Similarly, incineration of the plastics in cameras may also be of concern where the process is not managed in compliance with strict environmental guidelines because it may result in the release of harmful dioxins and furans.

 

3. When should I recycle my camera or battery?

Cameras can be recycled when they are outdated, you no longer want them or if they are unrepairable. All batteries have a finite life depending on use, design and quality. Your battery is ready to be recycled when it is dead and no longer recharges. Accessories are also accepted under the program.

 

4. Will it cost me to recycle my camera, battery and accessories?

No. The service is free to all retailers and consumers.

 

5. How do I return the unwanted equipment back for recycling?

When you sign up with CameraRecycle Australia you will receive a reply paid sticker. Once you have collected a number of products, simply pack these up in a box, attach the sticker and then just drop it off at your local post office. When CameraRecycle receives this shipment of cameras and equipment for recycle we will forward you another reply paid sticker to use with your next collection! Once again this service is free to all retailers.