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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 18 October 2011) . . Page.. 4526 ..


role temporarily because the government is waiting for a national company called MRI to take over the recycling of e-waste.

Minister, have the contracts been signed for MRI and Renewable Processes, the two chosen providers for computer e-waste recycling and disposal?

MR CORBELL: I will take on notice the details of Ms Le Couteur’s question, but what I think it is important to do is to provide some context, which is that of course we are awaiting the commencement of a national e-waste recycling scheme, which is due to commence here in the ACT, I am advised, at the latest in May next year, which will see a national e-waste recycling scheme operating across the country, including here in the ACT, which will provide for free drop-off, and from a consumer’s perspective free recycling, of e-waste, so computers, computer peripherals and televisions.

This is a very important national development, one which the ACT government has been actively involved in, one that we have added our support to and which we have supported through the relevant ministerial forums.

The entering into of contracts—

Ms Le Couteur: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: One moment, Mr Corbell, thank you.

Ms Le Couteur: Possibly the minister was just getting to my question, but it was a specific question about contracts—not about a national scheme.

MR SPEAKER: Minister Corbell, you have the floor to come to the specific question.

MR CORBELL: The delivery of the national scheme will be the responsibility of the e-waste manufacturers. This is a product stewardship scheme—

Ms Le Couteur: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR CORBELL: I am trying to answer the member’s question.

MR SPEAKER: One moment, Mr Corbell, thank you.

Ms Le Couteur: I asked specifically about contracts for MRI and Renewable Processes. There was a tendering process, I understand—

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur. I might say that the minister has four minutes to come to the point. But, minister, it would be good to start getting there.

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Le Couteur.


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