Australians can have unwanted televisions and computer products recycled as part of a scheme called TechCollect.
The Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (ANZRP) launched the program as part of the Federal Government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
This will reduce the amount of electrical equipment taking up dwindling landfill space in Australia. The service is free; people just need to take their old, recyclable items along to a centre.
Drop-off points are currently only located in certain areas, but ANZRP says that they aim to develop a “nationwide network” by December 2013.
Senator Farrell, parliamentary secretary for sustainability and urban water at the Moonee Valley Transfer station, said: “Thanks to this scheme, hazardous materials including lead, mercury and zinc will be prevented from entering the environment.”
According to the TechCollect website, the amount of e-waste (electronical waste) is increasing at three times the rate of other types. This may be because people frequently get new electronic items but are unaware of how to recycle their old ones.
Posted by Claire Marshall