Cutting edge service lauded for innovation

Endeavour Foundation’s North Queensland E-waste recycling centre in Townsville has beaten all comers in the north to claim the Rossko Award for excellence in waste management.

The Townsville business service was voted the winner of the prestigious award by North Queensland councils for the industry leading work they do recycling electronic waste from across the region.

Townsville City Council collected over 100 tonnes from the public last financial year which was processed through the facility.

The service diverts on average 25 – 30 tonnes per month of electronic waste from ending up as harmful landfill and recycles it.

Named after Ross Kenneth (Rossko) Overton, a former Innisfail mayor and chair of the NQ Local Government Association’s Local Authority Waste Management Advisory Committee, the award offers a $500 Bursary and a perpetual trophy to the winner.

Townsville Waste and Water Committee chair Ray Gartrell credited Endeavour Foundation as being at the forefront of e-recycling in Australia.

“Their recovery rates are higher than the industry average with up to 96% of what is being collected being reprocessed,” he said.

“They have become an important player in the e-recycling industry and are doing something in North Queensland we have never seen before.

“Further to that, the centre also provides supported employment for 55 people with a disability which is a great outcome for the city,” he said.

E-recycling includes all televisions, computers and computer equipment.

The centre dismantles e-waste into its component parts and separates it into ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass and plastics. Even cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are sent for full processing.

Endeavour Foundation Commercial Manager Nick Hully said e-waste recycling provided positive and meaningful employment outcomes for people with a disability locally.

“We are pleased that we have been able to work with the Townsville City Council to deliver such great outcomes for the community and the environment, and we are humbled to be recognised for the contribution we are making to reduce landfill,” Mr Hully said.

Any surplus funds from the activity are injected back into projects and initiatives to support people with a disability in North Queensland.

The service began recycling e-waste after conversations with Townsville City Council waste management staff lead to more serious discussions at the Local Authority Waste Management Advisory Committee.

Supported by councils across the region, Endeavour Foundation kicked off the Townsville e-wast recycling facility in 2012.

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