Television and computers

Australian householders and small businesses can drop-off televisions, computers, computer products (such as keyboards, mice and hard drives) and printers at designated points across Australia.

It's a free service offered by the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, currently being rolled out across Australia.

Drop-off points

See the Recycling Near You website for your closest drop-off point.

Don't have a drop-off point in your area?

If there are currently no drop off points close by, the options (other than landfill) for disposing of televisions and computers include:

  • Participating in council run services until the national scheme is fully rolled out.
  • Contacting your local council for information on disposal options in your area.
  • Passing the goods on to friends or family (if they are still working).

Why a National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme?

The National Television and Computer Recycling 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.

Banning e-waste from landfill

The Victorian Government is committed to banning e-waste from landfill. It recognises the important contribution that product stewardship schemes can make to the improved management of particular waste streams, and is cognisant of the need for state implementation to be aligned with the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme. As such, the government works with community groups, local government, business and industry to explore ways to implement the policy in the most cost-effective manner and to examine industry opportunities for the increased recovery of e-waste.

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Fact sheet: Television and computer recycling