The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

Record results for TV and computer recycling

Media release
6 March 2014

In its first year of operation, the Australian Government's National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme recycled over 40,000 tonnes of e-waste – televisions and computers that would have previously been stockpiled or sent to landfill.

A report on the outcomes of the scheme for 2012-13 shows that industry supported the highest levels of e-waste recycling ever seen in Australia – recycling the equivalent of four Eiffel Towers in weight.

The scheme is a partnership between government and industry and is a great example of product stewardship – an approach that acknowledges that those involved in producing, importing, selling, using and disposing of products have a shared responsibility to reduce the impact that those products and their use and disposal have on the environment.

Established by the Australian Government on behalf of state, territory and local governments, it aims to increase the level of industry engagement to deal with television and computer waste, a growing part of Australia's waste stream.

I acknowledge the strong support shown by industry, with all of the companies covered by the scheme meeting their obligation to participate.

Under the scheme, the television and computer industry's target for 2012-13 was to recycle 30 per cent of television and computer waste arising in Australia during the financial year, with the states and territories responsible for the remaining 70 per cent.

Industry's recycling target will increase gradually to 80 per cent of the available waste in 2021-22.

In addition to supporting record volumes of e-waste recycling, industry also provided 635 e-waste collection services to communities in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.

Prior to the scheme's establishment it was estimated that only 10 per cent of these products were recycled.

As televisions and computers can contain hazardous materials, disposal into landfill poses a risk to the environment and human health and safety. They also contain valuable resources that can be reused. 

For further information and to access the report, visit:
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