About the Scheme - Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

About the Scheme

What is the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme?

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is a recycling service for televisions, computers and computer products. The Scheme is funded and run by the television and computer industry, and regulated by the Australian Government under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011.

How does the Scheme work?

Under the Scheme, companies who manufacture televisions, printers and computer products and or import televisions, computers, printers and computer products over a certain volume are required to join an approved 'co-regulatory arrangement'. These arrangements are responsible for the collection and recycling of televisions and computers. A co-regulatory arrangement may do this in a variety of ways, such as by partnering with an existing recycling service or facility or holding periodic take-back events.

How can I access a service?

The location and opening times for Scheme recycling services are determined by the co-regulatory arrangements. The first Scheme recycling service became available in May 2012 and more will gradually become available across Australia by the end of 2013.

Households and small business can drop off their old televisions and computers for free at Scheme recycling services in metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia. Details of Scheme recycling services will be publicised by industry when they become available in your area. 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 Scheme will boost the recycling of televisions and computers from an estimated 17 per cent of waste generated in 2010 to a target of 30 per cent in 2012–13. The Scheme recycling targets will then progressively increase each year, reaching 80 per cent of waste generated by 2021–22.

The Scheme will also increase the amount of valuable materials recovered from waste televisions and computers, as well as reducing the amount of materials (including hazardous substances) entering the environment.

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.