HARVEY Norman has free recycling drop-off points at 140 stores as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
Amanda Rishworth, the federal Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability MP, joined Chifley MP Ed Husic at the Mount Druitt store recently to see the scheme in action. People can recycle their unwanted televisions and computers at no cost.
"It makes sense to have these services at retail outlets as they are generally easily accessible and convenient, and their location is well-known to the community," Ms Rishworth said.
"More than 20,000 tonnes of unwanted televisions and computers have already been recycled since the scheme started operation in May last year. That's equivalent to the weight of 50 full Boeing 747s."
The scheme is runs in partnership with DHL.
"Nowadays we don't just have several televisions or computers in our homes, we are also upgrading them," Mr Husic said.
"Many people aren't certain about getting rid of old televisions. Hazardous materials including lead, mercury and zinc will be prevented from entering the environment and valuable non-renewable resources, including gold and other precious metals will be saved for reuse." The scheme will continue to grow.