The new Australian computer and TV recycling scheme allows people to drop off their unwanted computers for free. There are over 380 computer recycling drop off points available throughout Australia, including 230 retail outlets who are participating in the e-waste collection. Under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, computer and television manufacturers are responsible for recycling the e-waste to Australian standards.
The e-waste scheme will provide Australian householders and small business with access to free recycling services for televisions and computers. The Scheme will accept all televisions, computers, printers and computer products (such as keyboards, mice and hard drives) for recycling, regardless of brand, and no matter how old they are. Householders will be able to drop these items at a designated collection service, which may include a permanent drop-off point, local retailers, a take-back event or a mail-back option.
With over 4 million computers being purchased each year in Australia, the computer recycling scheme is an important part of dealing with the build up of e-waste in Australia. The scheme ensures that potentially hazardous materials, like lead, mercury and zinc are not entering landfill and valuable non-renewable resources like gold can be recovered and reused from the old equipment.
The computer recycling scheme joins the long established mobile phone recycling scheme - Mobile Muster. in 2013 MobileMuster is celebrating its 15 years of operation. Since 1998 the mobile phone industry has collected and recycled more than 1000 tonnes of old mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories - keeping them out of landfill. MobileMuster has a recovery rate of 93% which means that nearly all of the materials in the mobile phone are being recovered and reused. For more information on recycling your mobile phone visit Mobile Muster.
For more information on e-waste and computer recycling visit PlanetArk where you can search for the drop-off locations in your local area.
 Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS)
 MobileMuster Annual Report 2011-12.