Less waste, more resources
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Communicating the Scheme to local communities
Australians love new technology. And while rapid advances provide constant improvements, they also present a challenge. E-waste is growing three times faster than any other type of waste in Australia.
This year, an estimated 29 million TVs and computer products will be disposed of across Australia - these products contain valuable materials that can be re-used, as well as substances which are hazardous to humans and the environment. Many will end up in landfill, wasting non-renewable resources.
But over time, that's going to change...
The new National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme will build on existing recycling efforts and help us dispose of these products in a responsible way.
Drop off points and collection events for televisions, computers and computer products will provide greater choice for households and small businesses looking to recycle, at no charge at point of drop off.
This initiative is funded and run by industry and regulated by the Australian Government under groundbreaking Product Stewardship laws.
The switch from landfill to recycling won't happen overnight. In 2012-13 the Scheme will recycle 30 per cent of the television and computer waste generated in that year. This will steadily build up to 80 per cent by 2022. That's more recycling than the current rate for any other household product!
Drop off points and collection events will gradually become available across Australia. Access to Scheme drop off points will be publicised if they are available in your area.
But until then, there are some other steps you can take.
- If your unwanted TVs or computers are still in good working order, ask second-hand shops or charities if they want them (but please don't just dump them without checking).
- Think about passing them on to friends or family.
- Consider existing recycling services ?some attract a fee but if you need to act quickly this would be a good option.
- Or you could store unwanted products out of the weather until access to the free scheme is available in your area.
For more information, including a list of the organisations that are operating under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, ask your council or go to www.environment.gov.au/ewaste
Lastest news & events
Proposed Amendments to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme
- Discussion Paper - comments closed Tuesday 7 May 2013
- Leading e-waste recycler to boost national TV and computer recycling scheme - media release, 11 April 2013
- Contact details for approved Co-regulatory Arrangements