International E-Waste Day

International E-Waste Day

October 13 marks the first International E-Waste Day. Founded by the WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) Forum, the day aims to raise the public profile of responsible e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle their e-waste with the resulting increase in recycling rates on the day itself and into the future.

We are representing Australia this inaugural International E-Waste Day, and will be raising awareness of e-waste recycling and educating the public about TechCollect, our national e-waste recycling program. Help us spread the word this October 13.


  • 50 million tonnes of e-waste will be generated globally in 2018.
  • Electronic waste is the largest growing waste stream in Australia.
  • Aussies trash 22 million printers, keyboards, mice and peripherals a year.
  • Australians have recycled enough e-waste through the TechCollect program to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the steel alone!


 Everyone has a role to play in changing consumer habits and moving towards a circular economy – from individuals, to SMEs and international organisations.

Once your electronic device reaches its end-of-life, recycling is the next step in the product’s lifecycle. Reusing these valuable resources in the manufacture of new products closes the loop.

TechCollect provides a free, simple, environmentally-responsible solution for individuals.  There are over 100 TechCollect drop-off sites around Australia where you can take your old/unused electronics and ensure they are responsibly recycled.

If you are a small business looking for an e-waste recycling solution, call us on 1300 229 837 to see if you qualify for a free pick-up.


  • 66% of the world’s population is covered by e-waste legislation, however
  • 40 million tonnes of e-waste per annum is either placed in landfill, burned or illegally traded.


All e-waste that is dropped off at any TechCollect site is sent directly to our approved recycling partner network in Australia. Our recycling partners:

  • ensure at least 90% of all materials recovered from the e-waste we collect and recycle are reintroduced as raw materials in the manufacture of new products
  • operate to sound environmental and workplace health and safety standards

We are lobbying for downstream end-markets to be developed in Australia

To encourage a circular economy, we are actively lobbying for the development of local markets for recycling and for the use of recycled materials. We recently submitted our Consultation Paper, responding to the Department of the Environment and Energy’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011, under which we operate.

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