Electronic waste, or e-waste, including televisions and computers, is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Australia. These products contain valuable materials that can be re-used, as well as substances that can be harmful to the environment if they end up in landfill.
In recognition of this growing and hazardous waste stream, a National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) has been established.
Householders and small businesses throughout WA can drop off used televisions, computers and related equipment such as a keyboard, mouse and hard drive at designated collection points for recycling, free of charge.
In 2014, the Waste Authority commissioned a report on the scheme's roll-out in Western Australia.
The Waste Authority approved up to $400,000 for WATEP II, which provided funding to local governments that manage permanent e-waste collection sites under the NTCRS, to support the cost of e-waste recycling that is not funded through the NTCRS arrangements. This program builds on the WATEP that was delivered from 2011-2013, to support the transition to the NTCRS.
For information about drop-off points plese refer to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.