Does Not Compute: State-of-the-art Technology Arrives In Aotearoa To Abolish E-waste In Landfills

ByPhyllis R. Edwards

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On the eve of Earth Day, with this year’s theme
suitably ‘Invest in our Planet,’ Aotearoa’s e-waste
recycling capability is set to eradicate e-waste to landfill
with the introduction of Aotearoa’s first e-waste
shredding and optical sorting machinery.

kickstarts a foundational step change in the country’s
recycling strategy, giving Aotearoa the potential to
transition from one of the worst e-waste offenders in the
developed world to global leaders.

Computer Recycling,
the country’s leading electronic waste recycler
specialising in technology reuse and recycling, brought the
first-of-its-kind BLUBOX e-waste technology to Aotearoa.
BLUBOX is a world-class waste sorting machine of which is
one of only eight on the planet.

Patrick Moynahan,
Computer Recycling’s Managing Director, says that the
implementation of BLUBOX is an integral move forward for
Aotearoa’s e-waste strategy.

“The average Kiwi
produces 20kg of e-waste per year, which is one of the
highest amounts per capita on Earth. On the whole that’s
around 80,000 tonnes of e-waste per year,” says

“BLUBOX technology allows Aotearoa to
divert thousands of tonnes from the country’s landfills
every year, with the ability to sort one tonne per hour.
We’ve got shipping containers full of waste ready to feed
the machinery for months, and then it’s down to Kiwis
doing the right thing and recycling their

“We have successfully processed more than
4000 tonnes of e-waste in the past three years. The
introduction of the automated processing facility,
comprising a BLUBOX shredding machine plus MSS Optical
Sorter, will allow us to increase processing capabilities to
2000 tonne per annum on a single shift.”

In 2020,
Computer Recycling secured a $1.5 million grant from the
Ministry for the Environment through Te Pūtea Whakamauru
Para – Waste Minimisation Fund, to advance Aotearoa’s
recycling capability with new technology.

The power
button was pressed for the first time today, with Minister
for the Environment, Hon David Parker, officially opening
the machinery.

“The BLUBOX machine is a step forward
for New Zealand in its transition toward a circular
economy,” David Parker said.

“We estimate our
e-waste recycling rate at less than two per cent. This is
well behind other countries, and we need to catch up with
those showing the way.”

BLUBOX is the gold standard
globally for e-waste sorting. The machinery comes from
Europe in several components which must be commissioned by
specialist technicians. Aotearoa’s closed borders meant
local technicians worked with technicians in Europe via
augmented reality technology to get the machinery up and
running in Auckland.

“This is a huge step forward
for New Zealand’s e-waste strategy and is the next key
step in Computer Recycling’s journey to eliminate e-waste
from landfills around Aotearoa by actively engaging in
sustainable recycling and reuse practices,” agrees

“Many people don’t consider what happens
to electronics, or general waste, once it’s in the bin.
E-waste is tricky given it contains toxic plastics and
metals which can harm our environment. That’s why it’s
important e-waste is properly disposed of, and where
applicable, recycled.

“Central to Computer
Recycling’s mission is to educate Kiwis on proper e-waste
disposal and reduce our e-waste to landfill. This will only
be achieved through increased awareness on the importance of
proper waste disposal and taking full advantage of new
machinery like BLUBOX,” concludes

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