About the Scheme

What is the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme?

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was established in 2011 to provide Australian householders and small business with access to industry-funded collection and recycling services for televisions and computers.

The scheme has responded to high demand from consumers for e-waste recycling services. To date, more than 1,800 collection services have been made available to the public and more than 130,000 tonnes of TV and computer e-waste has been collected and recycled under the scheme. This has diverted hazardous materials away from landfill and enabled the reuse of valuable resources contained in e-waste.

The scheme has also created employment opportunities within the recycling sector, and assisted local government manage e-waste by providing alternative collection services.

The scheme supplements state, territory and local government e-waste management, but does not entirely replace these activities.

How does the Scheme work?

The Product Stewardship Act 2011 and the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 set out the regulatory framework for the scheme. Under the Scheme, companies who manufacture or import computers, televisions, printers and computer products over a certain volume are required to join an approved 'co-regulatory arrangement'. Liable parties must be a member of an approved co-regulatory arrangement which organises collection and recycling of e-waste on their behalf.

How can I access a service?

The scheme provides around 98 per cent of the population with reasonable access to collection services. The location and opening times for scheme recycling services are determined by the co-regulatory arrangements. Consistent with the co-regulatory nature of the scheme and to provide flexibility to suit local circumstances, a collection service can take a number of forms, including a permanent collection site at a local waste transfer station or retail outlet, or through one off events. Services may be operated through your local council or resource management centre.

What are the aims of the Scheme?

Electronic waste, including televisions and computers, is growing three times faster than any other type of waste in Australia. The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Reduce waste to landfill, especially the hazardous materials found in e-waste
  • Increase recovery of reusable materials in a safe, scientific and environmentally sound manner
  • Provide access for households and small businesses Australia wide to an industry-funded recycling service.

What is product stewardship?

Product stewardship is an approach to managing the impacts of different products and materials. It acknowledges that those involved in producing, selling, using and disposing of products and materials have a shared responsibility to ensure they are managed in a way that reduces their impact on the environment, health and safety.  

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