In further recognition of its commitment to preventing the many adverse consequences of mercury pollution, Ecocycle has been accepted as a partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Mercury Partnership.
To date, Ecocycle is the only Australian organisation to become a program partner.
The Global Mercury Partnership is a sub-program of the UN Environment Chemicals and Waste Branch, which seeks to facilitate global action so countries can achieve the clean production, use and disposal of chemicals.
In order to become a member, Ecocycle was required to state its support for the partnership and its goals, as well as specify how it will contribute to meeting those goals.
It’s worth noting that Ecocycle’s activities are not just aimed at Australia. The company is also helping New Zealand, New Caledonia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea deal with mercury-containing waste.
Joining the Global Mercury Partnership will increase Ecocycle’s recognition internationally, and help it to roll out further mercury waste recovery initiatives in the Asia/Pacific.
Ecocycle’s representative to the Global Mercury Partnership is Business Development Manager Daryl Moyle.
“Joining the partnership positions us as thought leaders on the ongoing problem of mercury pollution,” Mr Moyle said.
“Our experience and expertise will be in increased demand once Australia ratifies the Minamata Convention.”
While Australia has signed the Minamata Convention it hasn’t yet ratified it.
Ecocycle has consulted to the Federal Government on the state of mercury waste handling and recycling in Australia, and expects ratification will occur this year.
“When that happens, mercury will become the focus for more targeted action than it receives at the moment,” said Mr Moyle.
“Being part of mercury partnership positions Ecocycle as the ‘go to’ people for information on and help with the safe processing of mercury waste.”
Mr Moyle invited businesses and organisations wanting to learn more about the environmental impacts of mercury pollution, its safe recycling, or how to improve their mercury waste handling processes to contact Ecocycle.
Get in touch by phoning 1300 32 62 92 or sending a message via the enquiry form below.