Individual PC manufacturers have offered takeback schemes in the past -- some good, some not so good -- but we haven't had any concrete plans for a national scheme to make any PC you purchase easily recyclable. Until now.
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At a meeting of the Environment Protection and Heritage Council this week, plans to roll out an industry-wide takeback scheme for computers and televisions were announced:
Ministers agreed that the Australian Government would, under the new product stewardship legislative framework, implement regulation to support an industry-led scheme that will collect and recycle end of life televisions and computers. The legislative framework will work to ensure non-participants in the industry-led scheme/s comply with the same standards as voluntarily participants in the scheme.
In other words: opting out is not an option. We'll be pleased when the scheme is actually in place (2010 seems indicated), but it's definitely a promising start, given the sloppy record Australia has for electronics recycling.
EPHC Communique [EPHC - PDF link]