Nationwide recycling service for old computer and accessories, printers and TVs, TechCollect, is urging Australians to participate in a recycling initiative that could potentially set a new world record for the most e-waste collected.
TechCollect, which is also funded by over 60 of Australia’s leading technology companies, is driving this free and easy recycling initiative to recover these products responsibly and keep them out of landfill.
TechCollect CEO, Carmel Dollisson, said the program builds upon the success of established initiatives, such as 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and MobileMuster, where manufacturers take responsibility for the products they create.
“We want to encourage all Australians to de-clutter their homes by pulling out those old TVs from the shed plus old computers and printers from storage to help TechCollect keep e-waste out of landfill,” she said.
According to Dollisson, about 16.8 million TVs, computers, printers and related accessories are disposed of each year in Australia, which equates to 106,000 tonnes of e-waste.
She claimed the problem is growing, with the quantity of televisions and computers reaching the end of their life expected to hit 181,000 tonnes or 44 million units by 2027 or 2028.
“90 per cent of all computers and TVs can be recycled and made into new products but unfortunately only 10 to 17 per cent of Australia’s e-waste has been recycled.”
To get involved, businesses and individuals can drop-off any make and model of computers and accessories, printers or TVs at one of TechCollect’s 65 permanent drop-off sites between April 20 and April 28.
These drop-off sites are also open year-round in communities across Australia, run in partnership with local councils and waste management companies.
“No matter if you’re a household, school, charity or small business you can get involved and recycle responsibly to keep e-waste out of landfill,” Dollisson added.