Australians are among the highest users of new technology in the world and purchase over 2.4 million computers every year. This makes electronic waste or e-waste, including computers and accessories, a growing problem. Computers are ideal for recycling due to their large volumes, high toxicity and good resource recovery potential of non-renewable resources like tin, nickel, zinc and copper.
Under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, every company that makes and/or imports TVs and computers into Australia is required to pay for the end of life recycling of these products. There are five organisations that recycle computers and accessories under the Scheme; TechCollect, Drop Zone, E-Cycle Solutions, Sims Recycling Solutions and Reverse E-Waste.
TechCollect is a not-for-profit e-waste recycling service, representing over 60 of Australia's leading technology importers and manufacturers. TechCollect is committed to setting the standard for responsible e-waste recycling. We are proud to have TechCollect as a supporter of this page.
Council services for Computers
City of Melbourne has listed the following locations where you can recycle your computers.
- Drop off Facility - Byteback at Moonee Valley Waste Transfer Station
- Drop off Facility - Byteback at Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
- Drop off Facility - Byteback at Boroondara Waste Transfer Station
- Drop off Facility - Byteback at other locations
Drop off locations for Computers & Accessories
85 drop off businesses match on Computers & Accessories within approx 60km of Melbourne VIC
Click the link for business details and map. Approved businesses are participants in the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
Pick up locations for Computers & Accessories
36 pick up businesses match your query on Computers & Accessories
Click the link for business details
|Business Name||Details||Picks up||Fees|
|MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||May apply|
|TES-AMM Australia Pty Ltd||Pick up of commercial quantities only.||Nationally||May apply|
|Inner City Metal Recycling||We welcome all unwanted metal materials (domestic and c...||Vic||May apply|
|Secure Document Destruction||Greater Melbourne and surrounds pick up service. A...||Vic||May apply|
|Alfatek Enterprises (Aust) Pty. Ltd.||Pickup service available for commercial (bulk) quantiti...||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Buyequip Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||May apply|
|PENTAQ Technology Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||May apply|
|Oz Recycle - Australian Online Recyclers Community||Our service is Internet based. All Pick-ups are arrange...||Nationally||Free|
|ReuseMoose.com||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||Free|
|B2C Community IT Recyclers||Pick ups available on short notice Monday - Thursday. ...||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|EP Contracting & Recycling||Click Business Name for details||Vic||May apply|
|Reverse E-Waste||Commercial - Sydney local - min 1/2 pallet Commercial ...||Nationally Vic||Free|
|Computer Source Australia Pty.Ltd.||We offer a national pick up service. The cost is depend...||Nationally (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Shred-X Document Destruction & Australian Paper Recycling||Services available from a "One Off" collection through ...||Nationally||May apply|
|Egans Asset Management Pty Ltd||Egans provides pickup services at an hourly rate charge...||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Pacific Metal Group||Pick up services are determined on application. Please ...||Vic||Free|
|Computers for Young and Old||Collections are free, Sydney and surrounding areas are ...||Vic (Metro Area Only)||Free|
|Reboundit Pty Ltd||Pickup from office and or warehouse.||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Dennis Maddock Recycling||I charge a fee of $10 to cover my costs.||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Trailers and Scrap||Click Business Name for details||Vic||May apply|
|eCycleCorp Pty Ltd||Bulk quantities||Nationally||May apply|
|greenPC||If you would like to donate 20 or less working comput...||Vic||Free|
|Ecycle Bins||Click Business Name for details||Vic||May apply|
|Platinum Recycling||Pick up of large quantities preferred but can arrange f...||Vic||Free|
|GIANNETTICS||visit www.giannettics.com for more information.||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|1800RECYCLE||We work seamlessly with your company to decommission an...||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|E&O Property Services & Rubbish Removal||Whatever the quantity or type of waste, we'll collect i...||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd||REMONDIS collects recycling and waste streams in bins r...||Nationally||May apply|
|The Disposal Crew||Click Business Name for details||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Platinum Recycling||For pickup there can be a fee although most pickups of ...||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|REMONDIS Australia Pty Ltd||Click Business Name for details||Vic||May apply|
|EcoSwish||Will travel a further distance for useful quantity mate...||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|Computer Technologies For Schools Project||Click Business Name for details||Nationally||May apply|
|Sims E-Recycling||Click Business Name for details||Vic||May apply|
|1800-GOT-JUNK? (Australia) Pty Ltd.||We cover the following suburbs: Armadale Caulfield No...||Vic (Metro Area Only)||May apply|
|DATS Environmental Services Pty Ltd.||Click Business Name for details||Vic||May apply|
How to recycle Computers at work
There are some recycling companies that offer national collection services for commercial quantities of computers. To find a commercial computer recycling service for your workplace or business, visit BusinessRecycling.com.au.
About Computers in Australia
Every year Australians purchase millions of computers and related components to replace equipment superseded by faster and more powerful technologies. In 2007/08 an estimated 16.8 million computers and televisions reached the end of their useful life in Australia. In 2027/28, this figure is predicted to reach 44 million.
Why recycle Computers?
- Older style cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors contain high levels of toxic materials that need to be disposed of responsibly.
- When disposed to landfill, the materials and chemical components used to make computer equipment such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic can leach into and harm our environment.
What happens when Computers are recycled?
Computers and accessories that are in working order can often be refurbished with new software and some replacement parts. These repackaged computers are generally made available to low-income communities, individuals and community organisations. Electronic waste that is collected for recycling generally undergoes a manual dismantling process. The individual materials such as printed circuit boards, cabling, glass and plastics are recovered and then processed so that they can be used as raw materials to produce new products.
Australia is currently rolling out a new national recycling scheme for computers. Find out more here.
Product Stewardship Australia (PSA) is a not-for-profit, industry-led organisation that will help recover and recycle electronic and electrical products in an environmentally sound manner.