E-waste is made up of discarded electronics and electrical components. These items can be environmentally harmful if disposed of in landfill as they contain toxic and hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and brominated fire retardants.
If disposed of correctly, the recyclable components can be recovered for reuse and hazardous materials can be treated appropriately.
A national collection and recycling scheme for televisions, computers and computer products is currently in effect under the Product Stewardship Legislation.
Acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories.