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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

TV and computer recycling regulations released for public comment

Media release
12 September 2011
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The Australian Government today released draft Regulations for a national, industry-led Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

The proposed Regulations – made under the landmark Product Stewardship Act 2011, which came into effect in August 2011 – will establish a scheme that will boost recycling for televisions, computers and computer products to 80 per cent by 2021-22.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the draft Regulations are open for public comment for a period of four weeks.

"The draft Regulations set out exactly what is required of importers and manufacturers of televisions and computers under the national scheme, including recycling targets and provision of reasonable access to collection services," Senator Farrell said.

"Consultation on the draft Regulations builds on extensive public consultation already undertaken on the proposed design of the scheme. Feedback from all consultation will inform the final Regulations, which are expected to be in place in late 2011 with on-ground activities under the scheme commencing soon after.

"Once fully operational, the industry-funded scheme will increase recycling rates, recover valuable resources, and reduce the amount of hazardous waste going to landfill and potentially entering the environment."

Key elements of the draft Regulations include:

  • Recycling targets for televisions and computers, to start at 30 per cent in 2012-13 rising progressively to 80 per cent by 2021-22;
  • The minimum reasonable access requirements to establish national coverage of collection services, which will need to be fully met by June 2013;
  • A target for recovery of materials from recycled products, and;
  • The annual threshold at which an importer or manufacturer is covered by the regulations set at 15,000 units for computer products and 5,000 units for televisions and computers.

Senator Farrell said the Product Stewardship Act 2011, which supports the Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, is an important step forward in reducing the negative environmental, health and safety impacts of products.

Submissions can be made up until 10 October 2011. A copy of the draft Regulations, as well as information about public meetings and how to make a submission, is available from www.environment.gov.au/ewaste