Harvey Norman Switched on to National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Major electronics retailer Harvey Norman is providing free recycling drop-off points for televisions at 140 of its stores as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP and Ed Husic MP, Federal Member for Chifley, today visited Harvey Norman’s Mt Druitt store to see a retail drop-off point operation first-hand.

Speaking at the recycling drop-off point today, Ms Rishworth said it is great Harvey Norman are partners in the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, as it assists people around Australia to have a wide range of recycling options available for their e-waste.

“The recycling service at Harvey Norman enables householders and small businesses to drop-off unwanted televisions for recycling, free of charge. It makes sense to have these services at retail outlets as they are generally easily accessible and convenient, and their location is well-known to the local community,” Ms Rishworth said.

“The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provides a long-term response to the challenges of managing television and computer waste, as well as opportunities for the community to recycle their unwanted televisions and computers free of charge.

“There are now over 380 ongoing recycling services available in every state and territory, and in every capital city—including 230 at retail outlets, as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Over 20,000 tonnes of unwanted televisions and computers have already been recycled since the scheme started operation in May last year. That’s equivalent to the weight of 50 full Boeing 747s,” Ms Rishworth said.

The services at the Harvey Norman stores are provided in partnership with DHL, who has been approved by the Australian Government to provide services under the scheme.

Mr Husic said having a drop-off point at Harvey Norman is a welcome addition to recycling options for the local community.

“Nowadays we find we don’t just have a number of different TVs or computers in our homes, but people are also upgrading to the latest models. However many people aren’t certain about how to get rid of their old TVs.

“This is a great, free and environmentally friendly way for residents to drop off their unwanted televisions.

“Hazardous materials including lead, mercury and zinc will be prevented from entering the environment and valuable non-renewable resources, including gold and other precious metals, will be saved for reuse,” Mr Husic said.

As well as retail sites, drop-off points are also available at some local council recycling facilities and transfer stations. Drop-off points can elect to accept only televisions or computer products or both products.

Ms Rishworth said Officeworks and Domayne are also already providing free collection points at a number of their outlets. While Officeworks is collecting unwanted computers, Domayne is collecting unwanted televisions.

“The numbers of retail outlets accepting products will increase with other major retailers also planning to provide recycling services under the scheme.”

Collection events and ongoing drop-off points will continue to roll out throughout 2013, providing access to free recycling drop off for 97 per cent of Australians.

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is industry funded and run, but regulated by the Australian Government under the landmark Product Stewardship Act 2011.

Further information on the scheme, including drop-off points, can be found at: www.environment.gov.au/ewaste

Further information regarding e-waste recycling options can be found at: http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/