National Recycling Week 2023

Planet Ark's Guide to Recycling for Broadcasters

Joshua Cole, 8th November 2023

With National Recycling Week just around the corner (13 - 19 November) we reached out to Planet Ark about services that recycle equipment and materials commonly used at radio stations. 

Please note that these services may incur a fee to use, and have not been vetted by the CBAA.



The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Drop off locations can be found here:


Mobile Phones

Mobile Muster


Data Storage Equipment (e.g. USB drives, CDs)




Battery Recycling


Battery recyclers can also be found at:



Ewaste in South Australia



Ewaste Nationally 



General Transmission Equipment

Recycling Near You - Electrical


Large quantities:


Scrap Metal

For metal components that don't fit under the previous categories.

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