The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provides Australian householders and small business with access to free recycling services for:
- computer products (such as keyboards, mice and hard drives).
Where to drop off television and computer recycling
See the Recycling Near You website for your closest drop off for television and computer recycling.
What to do if you don't have television and computer waste services in your area
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is being rolled out across Australia. If there are currently no television and computer waste drop off points close by there are a number of options (other than landfill) for disposing of end-of-life televisions and computers including:
- participating in council run services until the national scheme is fully rolled out
- contacting your local council for more information on disposal options in your area
- passing them on to friends or family (if they are still working)
About The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme will provide Australian householders and small business with access to free recycling services for televisions and computers, printers and computer products (such as keyboards, mice and hard drives) regardless of their brand and no matter how old they are.
Householders and small business will not be charged to drop off products for recycling at a designated recycling service, which may include a permanent drop-off point, a take-back event or a mail-back option.
The Scheme will boost the recycling rate for television and computer products in Australia from an estimated 17% in 2010 to 30% in 2012-13 and to 80% by 2021-2. This is important as these products make up an increasing part of the waste stream, contain valuable materials that can be re-used and contain hazardous materials which need to be managed in a safe manner.
The Scheme is funded and run by industry and regulated by the Australian Government under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011.
Victoria investigates banning e-waste from landfill
The Victorian Government acknowledges the important contribution product stewardship schemes can make to the improved management of particular of waste streams and, as such, continues to be supportive of the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme.
The Victorian Government has committed to banning e-waste from landfill and is currently investigating the steps to implement this commitment. In doing so, the Victorian Government is cognisant of a need for implementation to be aligned with the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme. The Government will work with community groups, local government, business and industry to explore ways to implement this policy in the most cost-effective manner and to examine industry opportunities for the increased recovery of e-waste.
Approved co-regulatory arrangements
Five companies are able to deliver services under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
Australian & New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited
Tel: (03) 9020 2222
Fax: (03) 8609 1269
DHL Supply Chain
Account Manager - Special Projects
Tel: (02) 8759 7148
Mob: 0419 474 348
E-Cycle Solutions Pty Ltd
Tel: (03) 9706 5966
Fax: (03) 9706 4138
Electronics Product Stewardship Australasia
Tel: (07) 3634 2001
Fax: (07) 3266 5429
Phone: (02) 97574847
Fax: (02) 97574867
Communication toolkit now available
The communications material contained within the toolkit has been designed for councils to reproduce and distribute to their local residents and digital copy will be distributed to all councils in the coming weeks.
The BytebackTM program
The free computer recycling service, Byteback finished operating on 31 July 2012 as the national scheme opened.
The Byteback program collected and processed in excess of 3,750 tonnes of computer waste, assisting in the development of the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme.
Byteback was an initiative of Sustainability Victoria and the Australian Information Industry Association in association with founding partners Hewlett Packard, Apple, Canon, Dell, Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji-Xerox, IBM, Lenovo, and Lexmark. Other partners in the program included Brother and retail store Officeworks.
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Fact sheet: Television and computer recycling