The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) was established in 2011. It gives Australian households and small businesses free access to industry-funded collection and recycling services.
These services are for televisions and computers, including printers, computer parts and peripherals.
The NTCRS builds on state, territory and local government e-waste management by providing other collection services. It also creates employment opportunities within the recycling sector.
The objectives of the scheme are to:
- reduce waste to landfill, especially the hazardous materials found in electronic waste (e-waste)
- increase the recovery of reusable materials in a safe, scientific and environmentally sound manner
- provide convenient access to recycling services for households and small businesses throughout Australia.
How does the scheme work?
The Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020 and the Recycling and Waste Reduction (Product stewardship—televisions and computers) Rules 2021 provide the regulatory framework for the scheme. This legislation sets outcomes for industry to meet. The department monitors compliance with the scheme.
Companies who import or manufacture television and computer products over certain thresholds are liable under the scheme, and are required to pay for a proportion of recycling through membership in a co-regulatory arrangement. This is a form of product stewardship, where those involved in producing and selling products take responsibility for the whole life cycle of their products.
Liable parties are required to join an approved co-regulatory arrangement. These arrangements are responsible for day-to-day operation of the scheme, including organising collection and recycling of e-waste on behalf of liable party members.
- Roles and responsibilities of scheme participants
- Fact sheet - Operation of the scheme
- Co-regulatory arrangements
- Liable parties
How can I access an e-waste recycling service?
Members of the public and small businesses can drop television and computer products at designated collection points for recycling.
The scheme provides around 98 per cent of the Australian population with reasonable access to collection services. Services may include a permanent collection site at a local waste transfer station or retail outlet, or one-off events. These may be operated through your local council or resource management centre.
For more information on the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, contact us by sending an email to email@example.com or call the 1800 332 783.