TechCollect is sending out a friendly reminder to all Australians to remember to recycle their old electronics when they upgrade to new technologies. TechCollect is a free national e-waste recycling service funded by over 60 of Australia’s leading technology importers and manufacturers.

TechCollect CEO Carmel Dollisson observes that Australians have an insatiable appetite for innovation and technology, but it should not come at a cost to the environment.

Why should e-waste be recycled? TechCollect explains that e-waste production is not only thrice that of normal household waste but can also contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and brominated fire retardants that are hazardous, difficult to dispose of and potentially damaging to the environment.

TechCollect’s Top 10 tips for recycling e-waste

One in-two out

TechCollect’s one-in, two-out or the 1-2 rule requires every new piece of technology entering the home to be balanced with the commitment to recycle two pieces of unwanted technology. This eliminates or reduces the chances of all the unwanted electronics in the home either ending up in landfill or getting stashed in cupboards, garages, spare rooms and shelves.

Stay data safe

Any e-waste recycling effort must begin with completely wiping out any important data or personal files on the computer.

Packaging pollutes

About 1.6 million tonnes of packaging ended up in landfill in 2012 – more than a third of the approximately 4.4 million tonnes generated totally. It is important to thoughtfully dispose of the cardboard box and any plastic packaging that came with the new electronics purchase.

Mark your calendar

Choose a month each year to clear out your home of all household e-wastes. Find the nearest collection site on and make it a tradition. February, for instance is a good month after the holidays, and there is likely to be new technology in the house from the Christmas/New Year sales.

Local council

Contact your local council and check whether they will accept your e-waste.

Reincarnated relics

A top-notch recycling service such as the one offered by TechCollect can recycle more than 90% of the materials in computers including metals, glass and plastic. The recycled materials can be reused and reincarnated as jewellery, outdoor furniture, or plastic fence posts.

Take it to the workplace

Inspire your co-workers and spread the message of recycling and reuse at the workplace, and even at their homes. TechCollect operates several collection sites and the collected e-waste can be dropped off at the nearest site. TechCollect has special arrangements for medium to large businesses too.

Tied up in knots

TechCollect also recycles random power cables from old TVs, computers, printers and accessories.

Pay it forward

Give away your computer or TV if they are still in good working condition to family members or friends.

Spread the word among family and friends

Encourage your friends and family to get involved and take responsibility for their e-waste. Lead by example and help out those that may need it, such as older relatives, and make sure it is recycled responsibly.