Department of the Environment

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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Katy gallagher MLA

ACT Chief Minister
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services

Canberra first to start free e-waste recycling service

Joint Media release
30 April 2012
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Canberrans will soon be able to dispose of their unwanted televisions and computers for free under a new national recycling scheme, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, and ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, announced today.

“I congratulate the ACT on being the first jurisdiction ready to implement the new National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme,” Senator Farrell said.

“This is the start of a nation-wide roll-out of services as part of an extremely exciting initiative under the Gillard Government’s landmark Product Stewardship legislation. Services like these will be rolled out across Australia, boosting television and computer recycling rates to 30 percent in 2012-13 and 80 per cent by 2021-22, providing a long-term solution to television and computer waste.

“Televisions and computers contain valuable non-renewable resources, including gold and other precious metals, as well as hazardous materials including lead, bromine, mercury and zinc. By recycling them, we can recover useful materials and at the same time reduce health and environmental risks.”

From the middle of next month, DHL Supply Chain (Australia) Pty Ltd will provide a free, ongoing recycling service for households and small businesses across the ACT to dispose of televisions, computers, and computer products such as printers, keyboards, mice and hard drives. The scheme does not cover other electronic waste, such as mobile phones which are already covered by the voluntary recycling scheme MobileMuster.

The Chief Minister said the implementation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was an example of Canberra continuing to lead the way in recycling and waste management.

“The new scheme gives Canberrans greater choice for recycling when disposing of their televisions, computers and computer products, while helping our recycling industry to grow,” she said.

“We also expect to see the free scheme have a major impact on illegal dumping in the ACT.”

The DHL Supply Chain services will begin on 15 May 2012 and will operate from the Mugga Lane and Mitchell Transfer Stations, which are open from 7.30am to 5pm, seven days a week.

“DHL Supply Chain is the first industry arrangement administrator to identify collection sites and deliver services in the ACT under the new national e-waste scheme,” the Chief Minister said.

“There are already two other approved providers under the scheme, which means more options for the consumer and more jobs in the recycling industry.”

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is funded and implemented by the television and computer industry and regulated by the Australia Government under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulation 2011.

Further information on the scheme can be found at www.environment.gov.au/settlements/waste/ewaste/index.html