National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme involves a combination of government regulation and industry action to take responsibility for the collection and recycling of waste televisions, computers, printers and computer products. Under the Scheme, householders and small business can drop-off these items for free at designated access points, which may include permanent collection sites, take-back events or through a mail-back option.
Operational Review of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme
- More about the Review - comments closed 6 February 2015, submissions available
About the Scheme
- Householders and Small Business
- Local Government
- Recyclers and Charitable Organisations
- Liable Parties
Scheme Recycling Drop Off Points
Scheme recycling drop off points and recycling events will gradually roll out over the next 18 months in areas in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.
30 June 2015: Update Reverse E-Waste co-regulatory arrangement under review
The review of Reverse E-Waste is in its final stages, and a decision will be made by 17 July 2015.
Key Dates for Liable Parties in financial year 2015-16
May 2015 – Early notification letters were sent to parties identified as likely to be liable based on import data covering 1 July 2014 to 30 April 2015. The purpose of these letters is to alert importers to the likelihood that they are liable so that they can start considering entering into an agreement with a co-regulatory arrangement.
Late July 2015 – Letters will be sent to importers identified as liable based on their imports in the 2014-15 financial year. These letters will include a detailed Statement of Advice summarising the imports on which the assessment of liability was based, and enclose a notice under section 18 of the Product Stewardship Act 2011, requiring the organisation to become a member of an approved co-regulatory arrangement by 1 September 2015. Liable parties should check the data in the Statements of Advice for errors and advise the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service of any necessary amendments by 30 October 2015.
1 September 2015 – Liable parties should join a co-regulatory arrangement by this date, and will face significant potential penalties where they have not done so.
8 September 2015 – Co-regulatory arrangements are required to provide their membership lists to the Department. From this time non members can expect follow up contact from the Department to encourage compliance.
30 October 2015 – Changes to Australian Customs and Border Protection Service data after this date will not be taken into account in the assessment of an organisation’s liability, except where the amount of goods for which the party is liable has increased as a result of the changes.
Mid November 2015 – Updated Statements of Advice will be provided to those liable parties that have amended their import declarations with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. These revised Statements can be provided to the liable party’s co-regulatory arrangement to signal a change in the amount of products the arrangement must collect and recycle.
27 April 2015: Reverse E-Waste co-regulatory arrangement under review
A compliance assessment by the Department of the Environment has identified a number of matters for concern in relation to Reverse E-Waste’s performance under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. These include concerns as to whether Reverse E-waste has failed to comply with a number of statutory obligations, including its requirements to provide reasonable access to collection services in the period to 30 June 2014, take all reasonable steps to ensure the arrangement achieves its outcomes and communicate adequate information to the public about how its collection services can be accessed.
Given the seriousness of these matters, the Department of the Environment, as Regulator of the National Television and Computer Scheme, is undertaking a formal review of the operation of Reverse E-Waste, under section 27 of the Product Stewardship Act 2011. A decision on an appropriate compliance response, which may include cancelling Reverse E-Waste’s approval or other statutory action, will be made following completion of the review. The review is scheduled for completion in June 2015.
Material Recovery Target
The Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 require that as of 1 July 2014, approved co-regulatory arrangements operating under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme meet a material recovery target of 90 per cent of materials.
The 90 per cent figure relates to the proportion of television and computer by-products which must be sent after recycling for processing into useable products and materials. The Material Recovery Measurement and Reporting Methodology was developed following consultation with industry, and will ensure that reporting on the material recovery target is consistent and simple for co-regulatory arrangements.