Electronic Waste

e-waste photo

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

You can drop them off FREE of charge at designated NTCRS points to be recycled!

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 is a designated NTCRS collection point in our area:

  • Stanley Road Waste Management Facility, Shire of Harvey, Stanley Road, Australind.

Examples of e-waste are:

  • computers and equipment — hard drives, monitors, towers,  mouse, keyboards, scanners, laptops
  • televisions (analogue, digital, LCD, flat screens)
  • DVD, CD and VHS players
  • computer game consoles
  • stereos
  • phones – mobile and landline
  • microwaves
  • vacuum cleaners
  • sewing machines
  • fans
  • cameras and camcorders
  • electric organs and keyboards
  • All electronic waste, regardless of brand or age

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.