Information for Recyclers - Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

What does the Scheme mean for Australia's recycling industry?

Recycling organisations play a pivotal role in helping to manage electronic waste. The Scheme will boost recycling of televisions and computers from an estimated 17per cent of waste generated in 2010 to a target of 30per cent in 2012-13. The Scheme recycling targets will then progressively increase each year, reaching 80per cent of waste generated by 2021-22. There may be new business opportunities for recyclers to provide services under the Scheme, under contract with co-regulatory arrangements.

Co-regulatory arrangements may choose to contract service providers, including recyclers, to recycle waste televisions and computers collected under the Scheme.

Organisations interested in becoming a Scheme service provider should contact the co-regulatory arrangements in the first instance. Participation of recycling organisations in the Scheme is voluntary.

What are the environmental and health and safety requirements for service providers?

It is important to ensure that television and computer waste is recycled in a safe and environmentally sound way. Co-regulatory arrangements are required by law to assess the adequacy of the environmental, health and safety policies and practices of their collection and recycling services.

Only recyclers who can meet appropriate occupational health and safety and environmental requirements are contracted as service providers by co-regulatory arrangements.

Standards Australia is developing an Australian and New Zealand Standard for the collection, storage, transport and treatment of used electrical and electronic equipment.