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Disposing of TVs and computers

Be a screen saver – recycle your old televisions and computers to help reduce landfill and conserve resources.

Electronic waste (e-waste) includes televisions, computers, printers and electronic goods, and is growing three times faster than other waste streams.

When you buy replacements, recycling your e-waste offers many environmental benefits, such as:

  • reducing the amount of hazardous materials exposed to the environment
  • conserving resources
  • reducing landfill
  • reducing the amount of carbon emissions created in the production of new materials.

Where and when can I recycle my television and computer?

The Australian Government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was introduced with the aims of lifting the recycling rate of discarded electronic equipment to 80 per cent by 2022.

Through the scheme, householders will be able to drop off their e-waste free-of-charge via a designated collection service, which may be a permanent drop-off point, a local retailer, a take-back event or a mail-back option.

All televisions, computers, printers and computer products (such as keyboards, mice and hard drives) are accepted – regardless of brand and age.

Council collections

Some local councils also accept old televisions and computers for recycling, either for free or for a fee. Contact your local council to see what options area available to you.

The RecyclingNearYou website and National Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712 can provide further information on the recycling and waste services offered by your council, as well as local drop-off options.

For more on waste and recycling of household products, visit our Living Sustainably pages.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2015