Free TV and Computer Recycling Launched in NSW
Author: Ryan Collins
TechCollect is the public brand of the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (ANZRP) and is one of three government-approved co-regulatory arrangements under the Federal Product Stewardship legislation introducing the new National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. The scheme came into effect on 1st July 2012 and was officially launched with the first drop off site in the ACT in May.
The legislation makes it mandatory for the manufacturers and importers of TVs and computers (and their accessories like printers and keyboards) to pay for the recycling of their items. Householders and small businesses can access the free recycling service.
Permanent collection points and one-off events are being rolled out around the country with the aim of all Australian's having relatively easy access to a recycling site within 12 to 18 months. Sites now exist in Victoria, NSW, ACT, South Australia and Queensland.
While the scheme is being rolled out Australians are encouraged to see if their councils recycles e-waste or to store their old TVs and computers somewhere dry until it arrives in their area. RecyclingNearYou has search functions for both TVs and computers.
The NSW arm of the program was launched by Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, The Hon Peter Garrett, AM, MP, Member for Kingsford Smith, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth (pictured), and Cr Tony Bowen, Mayor of Randwick.
For background information about the TV and computer recycling scheme visit RecyclingNearYou.com.au. You can also search the site for local drop off locations.
For more detailed information about the particular collection and recycling programs visit