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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Tony Zappia MP

Member for Makin

Timely Reminder about Free TV & Computer Recycling Services

Joint media release
23 January 2013
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South Australian householders and small businesses now have access to 10 free recycling points for televisions and computers under the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme.

Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, said his visit today along with Member for Makin Tony Zappia, to a drop-off point in Pooraka is a timely reminder for South Australians of their increased access to free recycling services.

Senator Farrell said the visit was a timely reminder for northern suburbs residents and small business operators that they can now recycle unwanted televisions, computers and computer products for free.

"People who have bought or received a new television or computer during the Christmas period might be thinking about how to dispose of old and unwanted products," Senator Farrell said.

"The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme the result of the Gillard Government's landmark Product Stewardship legislation is providing free recycling options across Australia."

"People can drop off their unwanted televisions and computers to be recycled at no cost and in an environmentally friendly way. They can do so safe in the knowledge that 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."

"People may not realise that in addition to televisions and computers the scheme also accepts a range of computer products such as laptops, tablets, printers and scanners."

Mr Zappia said that it is particularly important to make people aware of their nearest recycling options for unwanted televisions ahead of the scheduled digital TV switch over on April 2 this year.

"There are now 10 permanent, free recycling services for televisions, computers and computer products in South Australia," he said.

"Here in my electorate of Makin, environmentally responsible residents and small business operators have already dropped off more than 118 tonnes of these products for recycling."

Senator Farrell said further services to be progressively rolled out across the nation in coming months would help reach a national television and computer recycling total of about 41,000 tonnes in the current financial year almost twice the volume of these products recycled in Australia last year.

The services in South Australia are delivered by DHL Supply Chain and ANZRP, which have been approved by the Australian Government to deliver services under the national scheme.

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, including details of the drop-off points in Adelaide are available at www.environment.gov.au/settlements/waste/ewaste/drop-off-points.html

SA FREE RECYCLING DROP-OFF POINTS FOR TVs & COMPUTERS

Beverley City of Charles Sturt Waste Management Centre, 2-6 Toogood Ave

Edinburgh North Edinburgh North Waste Recovery Facility, Bellchambers Rd

Goolwa Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority, Port Elliot Rd, Goolwa Beach

Heathfield Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre, Scott Creek Rd

Lonsdale Advanced Recycling Technologies, 3/13 Chrysler Drv

North Plympton Adelaide Waste & Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Rd

Pooraka City of Salisbury Pooraka Waste Transfer Station, 61 Research Rd

Seaford Heights Southern Region Waste Resource Authority, 112 Bakewell Drv

Trinity Gardens (computers only) Officeworks store, 210-212 Port Rush Rd

Wingfield Integrated Waste Services, corner of Hines and Wingfield roads