February 15, 2016

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Planet Green Recycling services the greater Sydney Metropolitan area.
If you have multiple Sydney Metro locations, Planet Green can service all of your facilities.

Our recycling services establish a chain of custody for any sensitive data, helping you to remain compliant with privacy laws and regulation.

Choose one of the recycling categories below for further information.

Planet Green Recycling collects and recycles all types of Batteries.
Since batteries contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to wildlife, humans and our environment, their responsible recycling is crucial.

Many of the components in batteries can be recycled and return to useful life in new products.
The metallic components in rechargeable batteries (including nickel oxyhydroxide, cadmium, and mischmetal alloys) can be recycled.
Precious metals found in single-use batteries can be recovered and re-used.

At this time rechargeable batteries can be recycled within Australia.
Single-use batteries are shipped to an approved overseas facility for recycling.
Planet Green arranges recycling in offshore facilities pursuant to our Environment Australia permit.
This ensures that efficient and environmentally complaint recycling processes are used.

For more a summary information on various battery types choose one of the tabs below.

NiCad makes an efficient and very cost-effective source of rechargeable power for a wide range of portable electrical and electronics equipment: cordless power tools and appliances, test instruments, radio transceivers, model boats, cars and aircraft, etc.
Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH, NiMH) rechargeable batteries are the next level up from NiCad. The biggest advantage is their ability to accept a charge at any time without suffering the ‘memory effect’. Thus are the ideal choice for digital cameras, torches, and as general replacement for standard NiCad or Alkaline batteries.
Lithium ion are the most recent battery types in the market. They give high cell voltage and greater capacity for a given volume, and this is why they are especially suitable for hand held equipment where long operating times are important, such as mobile phones and Camcorders.
DURACELL® PRISMATICS™ is a new line of batteries with a flat, rectangular shape to power emerging digital cameras and portable digital audio devices; two of the fastest growing device categories.
These are Alkaline batteries of smaller sizes used for car locking remotes, medical devices, toys, etc.
This battery is the most commonly used in watches, laser pointers and other similar devices because the power-to-weight ratio is good.

It is estimated that in Australia today, more than 20 million electronic or electrical items sit idle in offices, warehouses and homes around the country.

Such items include:

  • Televisions and remote controls
  • Computing equipment including desktop PCs, laptops, iPads and similar tablets and servers
  • Computer monitors, keyboards, mice, joysticks, UPS (power supply) units, etc.
  • Speakers, headphones and other audio equipment
  • Cables and IT accessories including power cables and networking cables
  • Printers, scanners, web cameras, security cameras and other video equipment
  • Motherboards and add-in cards such as graphic cards, ethernet cards, etc.

Each category of the above ‘e-waste’ items have specific recycling requirements.

About computer equipment recycling...
In the case of computing equipment there are many aspects that need to be considered.
Planet Green Recycling collects all types of computer and related internet or communications equipment.
Depending on the age and condition of the equipment some may be recycled into active use.

Older or damaged equipment will be broken down into recyclable materials.

The recycling process deals with many items that need to be treated individually.
For example sensitive data may be saved on hard drive, CD/DVD or solid state storage (SSD) devices.
These each have to be taken through a data destruction process that ensures data is permanently erased.

Select a tab below to read more about specific computer equipment items.

At Planet Green Recycling we understand the ongoing increase of laws and regulations governing the handling of confidential information.
Records management can be complicated and time consuming.
Our hard drive destruction services are designed to help simplify the process.
Complete hard disk erasure ensures your stored information is destroyed.
Our accredited process is supported by a destruction certificate and report for your complete peace of mind.
Solid State Drives (SSDs) and flash drives (thumb drives, SD cards, etc.) are simply another form of permanent storage.
From a data security point of view these all need to be treated the same as hard drives.
Thus the same information destruction requirements apply to these storage devices.
Display/Monitor destruction depends on the type of display.
For many years computer display have been of the LCD (liquid crystal display) type.
Within LCDs there are various types of displays that have evolved over time.
What was once a focus on glass recycling has now moved to more complicated recovery and recycling with LCDs.

CDs and DVDs are non-biodegradable.
They contain toxic chemicals and metals that can contaminate the environment making them unsuitable for disposal in landfill.

Instead, CDs and DVDs can be recycled to recover resources.
The recovered poly-carbonate (a form of plastic) and aluminium are then re-used in the manufacture of various other products.

Recycling processes are able to recover up to 98% of the original disc as reusable material.
During the recycling process, the metallic coating is removed and the remaining plastic is granulated.

Additionally the plastic “jewel” cases commonly housing CDs and DVDs, can be recycled.
Any paper inserts in the cases are removed and go to a paper recycling process.

The labour intensive breakdown required prior to machine separation processes, necessitates a charge for all CD/DVD recycling.

The recycling of many and varied kinds of magnetic tapes is a non-trivial issue.

Today virtually all video and audio tape has disappeared from domestic use and is increasingly rare in commercial use.
In addition the rapid move to solid state storage and “cloud” (remote network) based storage has seen the demise of magnetic tape for data storage.

However, although magnetic tape has all but vanished from use, there remains vast amounts of outdated and unused tape held in storage.
Much of this tape will have passed its “use by” date either due to unknown or questionable data viability or by simply having been superseded.

Such magnetic tape media in storage represents an unnecessary overhead in storage cost and a lingering disposal challenge.

Fortunately Plant Green can arrange for the effective and secure disposal of such disused magnetic tape.

The recycling process requires the incineration of the tape itself.
This is challenging but ensures the destruction of the data/content on the tape.
Substantial manual processing is involved in “de-spooling” tape (in its many forms) prior to incineration.

Tape enclosures/cases and other plastic parts (spools, reels) are generally recovered, shredded and sorted for recycling.

The labour intensive breakdown process required necessitates a charge for all magnetic tape recycling.

Recycling services for product categories not specifically listed may be available.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.