In what it claims to be an Australian-first, the Victorian government is launching an ongoing computer recycling program called Byteback for consumers and businesses.
The initiative is designed to give Victorians a way of disposing unwanted computers and peripherals in an ecologically responsible way.
If the computers were sent to the tip instead, some of the materials and chemicals inside could leach out and damage the environment. Under the Byteback scheme, the unwanted gear will be broken down the various components and sent to various recycling facilities for re-use, the Government says.
The program will be officially launched this Friday, 7 September in Geelong, Victoria by The Hon. Gavin Jennings MP. It is an intiative of Sustainability Victoria and the Australian Information Industry Association in partnership with Apple, Canon, Dell, Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji-Xerox, HP, IBM, Lenovo, and Lexmark.