It’s free for householders and small business, but who’s paying for it?

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) requires that all “liable parties” – i.e. organisations who import more than 5,000 televisions or computers, or 15,000 computer products into Australia – must join and fund an approved collection and recycling program, such as TechCollect.

Because programs such as TechCollect are fully funded by these liable parties, they can offer a completely free service to households and small businesses.

Where does my stuff go?

All e-waste that is dropped off at any TechCollect site is sent directly to our recycling partners, who must operate to sound environmental and workplace health & safety standards, and ensure at least 90% of the commodities recovered from the e-waste we collect and dismantle, are used as raw materials in the manufacture of new products.

How do I know someone won’t try and retrieve old data off my computer?

Your data is your responsibility, please ensure it is permanently erased before you drop it off.  You can find more information about deleting your data here.

I’m not sure an item I have qualifies to be recycled. How can I check?

All televisions, PC’s, laptops, tablets and computer accessories will be accepted regardless of brand or age. A full list of items that we will collect and recycle can be found here.

Why can’t I put my old TV and computer products out with my other recycling?

The sorting stations for most household recycling aren’t equipped to handle electrical items, which require specialist disposal technology in order to meet the strict health and safety guidelines. As a result, electrical items found in or alongside kerbside recycling bins tend to be sent to landfill.

Televisions and computers contain materials which are hazardous both to humans and the environment when disposed of inappropriately. There are also penalties for dumping these products, outside collection sites and charity bins.

With the new National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme there is no need to put any of these items into your bin.

How will recycling televisions and computers make a difference to my community and the environment?

Recycling your TVs and computers will reduce the amount of e-waste dumped into your local landfill. TVs and computers contain materials, such as lead and mercury, which are hazardous both to humans and the environment and when left out in the weather there is an opportunity for these toxic substances to enter our local environment.

Because they take a long time to break down, the addition of more TVs and computers to our e-waste each year means these substances can build up and cause problems to human health, our pets, our food, and our favourite places. Responsible recycling reduces the chances of this happening. Recycling is good for you, your community, and the planet.

How will recycling televisions and computers make a difference to third world countries?

Historically, in some cases, unscrupulous handlers shipped unwanted e-waste to developing countries where often, unsafe recycling methods were used that put people in harm’s way. Australia is a signatory to the Basel and Rotterdam Conventions which address the international shipping of dangerous waste.

TechCollect also takes these issues very seriously and requires strict compliance and comprehensive reporting from all its recycling partners about every phase of the recycling process. Making a conscious decision to recycle under the new legislation gives you peace of mind that you have taken responsibility to protect others and the environment.

What are the recycling targets?

The Scheme aims to lift television and computer recycling from the current rate of around 35 per cent to 80 per cent by 2021-22.

Why aren’t other electrical items being recycled as part of this scheme?

International reporting has identified TV and computer products as a primary recycling concern so these are being addressed first. In regions where recycling schemes are more established, they also recycle other electronic products and it is envisaged that over time Australia will also add to the Scheme. For information on recycling other products in Australia, visit recyclingnearyou.com.au

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