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Computer Recycling

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[1], 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.

For more information on e-waste and computer recycling visit PlanetArk where you can search for the drop-off locations in your local area.

[1] Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS)