Information for Recyclers and Charitable Organisations - National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

About the Scheme

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme will provide Australian householders and small business with access to free recycling services for televisions and computers, printers and computer products (such as keyboards, mice and hard drives) regardless of their brand and age. It does not cover other e-waste products.

The Scheme will be funded and run by industry, and regulated by the Australian Government under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011.

The first Scheme recycling services were established in May 2012 and services will gradually become available in metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia throughout 2013. To provide flexibility to suit local circumstances, services could take a number of forms, including a permanent collection site, take back events or mail back.

Recyclers and Charitable Organisations (recycling organisations) Involvement in the Scheme

Recycling organisations play a pivotal role in helping to manage e-waste. The Scheme will progressively boost the recycling rate for televisions and computers from an estimated 17 per cent in 2010 to 30 per cent in 2012-13 and 80 percent by 2021?2 and there may be new business opportunities for recyclers to provide services under the Scheme, under contract with co-regulatory arrangements.

Manufacturers and importers of televisions and computers (referred to under the Scheme as liable parties) are now required to join an approved 'co-regulatory arrangement'. Co-regulatory arrangements are membership arrangements with an administrator who is responsible for ensuring that the arrangement meets the outcomes of the Regulations, including collecting and recycling televisions and computers.

Co-regulatory arrangements may choose to select and contract service providers, such as local governments or recyclers, to operate these collection and recycling services. Organisations interested in participating in the Scheme as service providers should contact the administrators of these co-regulatory arrangements in the first instance. Participation of recycling organisations in the Scheme is voluntary.

If you work with a co-regulatory arrangement, some changes to existing services may be required for organisations to participate in the Scheme. For example, relevant environmental and occupational health and safety requirements must be met and fees cannot be charged to householders or small business for the collection of products under the Scheme.

Environmental and Health and Safety Requirements

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

Only those recyclers who can meet specific occupational health and safety and environmental requirements are likely to become service providers to a co-regulatory arrangement.

Safework Australia is developing a Model Work Health and Safety Code of Practice for the e waste recycling industry:

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

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