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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

The Hon Wayne Swan MP

Deputy Prime Minister, Treasurer and Member for Lilley

Free TV and computer recycling services for Brisbane

Media release
14 November 2012
DF12/058

Brisbane residents will now have free access to e-waste recycling from today to help dispose of old computers and televisions with the launch of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme in Queensland.

The new on-going recycling services will operate from four sites in Nudgee, Willawong, Chandler and Ferny Grove and will accept televisions, computers and computer products including printers and scanners, free of charge from householders and small businesses.

Mr Swan said the start of services in Brisbane coincides with National Recycling Week.

"People will now be able to drop off their unwanted televisions and computers at any of these new services in Brisbane safe in the knowledge that these products will be recycled in an environmentally friendly way," said Mr Swan.

"Hazardous materials including lead, mercury and zinc will be prevented from entering the environment and valuable non-renewable resources, including gold and other precious metals, will be saved for reuse.

"We're launching these services from the Certified Destruction Services (CDS) recycling facility here on Brisbane's Northside to highlight, during National Recycling Week, the work that will be done after people deliver their unwanted televisions and computers to the new drop-off points.

"CDS will be one of many Australian recyclers involved in processing the large volume of unwanted products collected under this Scheme.

"And as well as the environmental benefits of this recycling, CDS provides jobs as well as training opportunities for workers with a disability"

Senator Farrell said ensuring that manufacturers of products share some responsibility for the environmental impact of their products is an important step on Australia's road to achieving a sustainable future.

"The addition of these four services in Brisbane brings the total number of services established under the Scheme to 40.

"Further services will be progressively rolled out across Australia including in Brisbane which will boost the national television and computer recycling rate to 30 per cent in 2012-13 and 80 per cent by 2021-22, providing a long-term solution to the environmental impacts of television and computer waste.

"As a result, 41,000 tonnes of televisions and computer products are expected to be recycled under the scheme this financial year almost double the volume of these products recycled in Australia last year.

"The free drop-off point services we're announcing today in Brisbane are provided by DHL Supply Chain, which has been approved by the Australian Government to deliver services under the national scheme, and are funded by the television and computer industries. This collaboration demonstrates the environmental and community benefits of joint government and industry action," Senator Farrell said.

Scheme services are already operating in NSW, the ACT, Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia.

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) Regulations 2011.

The four new drop-off points will be located at:

  • Chandler, 728 Tilley Road
  • Nudgee, 1560 Nudgee Road
  • Willawong, 360 Sherbrooke Road
  • Ferny Grove, 101 Upper Kedron Road

Further information is available at www.environment.gov.au/settlements/waste/ewaste/drop-off-points.html