Australia is Left Behind in Ewaste Legislation

January 1st , 1970


Australia is left behind in ewaste legislation

Australia is left behind in dealing with ewaste (electronic waste). According to National Waste Policy that published by Australian government, the wastes in Australia keeps growing time to time without accompanied by bigger efforts in recycling and reuse. We can think of several ways to manage our ewaste. One of them is give those old electronics to others but it seems harder today as most of the people want the updated version of electronics.

Lack of legislations to manage ewaste problems

Even if ewaste problems are identified by the government long time ago, there is still no sufficient legislations to solve those problems. According to National Waste Policy, dangerous waste is increasing to 1.19 million tons from 0.68 million tons in within 2003 to 2007. We have to think how big the number is now and in the future. Besides, Australia joined the other 91 countries to sign Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal in 1992. It marks one of the efforts of Australian government to deal with ewaste but it still does not contribute so much in solving the disposal issues of ewaste.
Product Stewardship Australia for ewaste legislation

In order to solve the e-waste problems in Australia especially e-waste sydney, Product Stewardship Australia is proposed. It stated about the idea of recycling responsibility that is given back to the manufacturer. It is supported by several electronics companies such as Panasonic, Sharp and Sanyo. This idea will add tax for televisions and computers imported to Australia as the cost of recycling when the device is out-of-fate or not function well. It is also supported by the Environmental Minister in November 2009. But the question is whether or not the idea is enough to manage 1.7 million computers, television and other electronics.

Other countries, on the other hand, already made that kind of idea to solve e-waste problems in even stronger method. In Switzerland, all e-waste transfers back to the purchase place since 2005. In some states of Canada, the recycling cost is covered in purchase price since 2004. In Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and European Union, there is a legislation that gives the responsibility of recycling to the manufacturers in which 75% of their e-waste have to be recycled.

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