Sustainability Victoria is rolling out a computer recycling program across the garden state.
Known as Byteback, it offers free disposal of old hardware and is the first government and industry collaboration of its kind in Australia.
It is operated in partnership with the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). Registered vendors include HP, Apple, Canon, Dell, Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji-Xerox, IBM, Lenovo and Lexmark.
The program was initially trialled in Camberwell but is now being expanded across nine sites in Victoria until 2008. AIIA CEO, Sheryle Moon, wants to see the creation of a national product stewardship framework based on Byteback.
The recycling process involves breaking down all of the components into plastics, glass, metals, wiring and circuit boards.
Moon estimated that every tonne of computer equipment that is recycled saves about five and half tonnes of CO2 emissions. During its first two years of operation, Byteback has diverted about 300 tonnes of e-waste from landfi ll.
The AIIA will hold a Sustainable Futures Forum in Melbourne on October 18.