Information for Liable Parties

About the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme will provide free television and computer recycling services for householders and small businesses across Australia. The Scheme will boost the recycling rate for these products from an estimated 17 per cent in 2010 to 30 per cent in 2012-13 and to 80 per cent by 2021?2, reducing waste to landfill and recovering valuable non-renewable resources.

The Scheme will also allow other organisations, such as large business enterprises and government departments, to enter into agreements with industry arrangements to have television and computer products recycled under the Scheme. These agreements may be subject to costs and other conditions.

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 Regulations).

Recycling services are expected to commence in mid-2012 and expand progressively across Australia by the end on 2013. Recycling services could take a number of forms, including permanent collection sites, take back events or mail backs.

Who are liable parties?

Manufacturers and importers of televisions, computers, printers and computer products (excluding computer manufacture) over a threshold number of items are identified as liable parties under the Scheme.

Liability in a given financial year is determined by import and manufacture volumes from the prior financial year. Those currently identified as liable parties on the basis of import data have been sent written notification from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Notification will be issued to liable parties identified at the start of each financial year.

  • Liable Party Enquiries: 1800 332 783
  • If you have a liable party enquiry, please contact the TV and Computer Regulation Team.

What are liable parties' obligations?

A liable party's primary obligation is to become a member of an approved co-regulatory arrangement . Co-regulatory arrangements have an administrator who is responsible for ensuring that the arrangement meets the outcomes required by the Regulations, including collecting and recycling televisions and computers.

Under the Product Stewardship Act 2011, substantial civil penalties can apply if a liable party fails to meet its obligation to become a member of an approved co-regulatory arrangement.

Liable party reporting templates

These forms may be used for liable parties reporting related bodies corporate or Australian manufacture of televisions, printers or computer products as required by regulations 5.09-5.10. Liable parties with no applicable related bodies corporate or Australian manufacture are not required to report.

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