Electronic Waste

e-waste photo

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY OLD TELEVISION, COMPUTER OR PHONE?

Did you know: By 2028, there will be 44 million televisions and computers reaching the end of their useful life in Australia?

It is also estimated there are approximately 23. 5 million unwanted mobile phones in homes around the country.

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is one of our fastest growing waste streams. In response, programs such as the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) and MobileMuster have been established.

Under the NTCRS, householders and small businesses can drop off used televisions, computers and related equipment such as a keyboard, mouse or hard drive at designated collection points free of charge.

Unwanted mobiles can be dropped off at designated MobileMuster points for recycling. Our Administration Centre – Eaton is a MobileMuster point.

There are also two designated NTCRS collection points in our area:

  • Bunbury Waste Depot, City of Bunbury, 21 McCombe Road, Bunbury
  • Stanley Road Waste Management Facility, Shire of Harvey, Stanley Road, Australind

The NTCRS aims to lift television and computer recycling rates from the low rate of around 17 per cent in 2010 to 80 per cent by 2021–22.

Increasing the recycling rate of these products is important because they contain valuable materials that can be re-used, as well as substances which are hazardous to humans and the environment.

In 2013–14, over 40,000 tonnes of televisions and computers were collected and recycled under the scheme – equivalent to the weight of four Eiffel towers.