The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was established in 2011 to provide Australian households and small businesses with access to free industry-funded collection and recycling services for televisions and computers, including printers, computer parts and peripherals. The Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 (Cth) provide the legislation for the scheme.
Under the scheme, more than 1,800 collection services have been made available to the public and 290,000 tonnes of TV and computer e-waste have been collected and recycled. This has diverted hazardous materials away from landfill and enabled the reuse of valuable resources contained in e-waste, with more than 90 per cent of materials recovered each year.
The scheme is operated by government-approved administrators on behalf of industry. It is regulated by the Australian Government. Recycling under the scheme in Australia is done by providers certified to Australian Standards for environmental and occupational safety. Companies who manufacture or import television and computer products over certain thresholds are required to participate. In the past year, 99 per cent of these liable parties complied with their responsibilities, ensuring their end-of-life products are recycled safely and ethically.
The drop-off points nearest to you can be found through the national scheme's location system.