Got E-waste? Recycle It!
Planet Ark's RecyclingNearYou and BusinessRecycling websites have been inundated with recycling enquiries about electronic waste (or e-waste) - from computers and TVs, to batteries and printer cartridges - so it's clear that there's a big demand for e-waste recycling options.
E-waste is growing three times faster than other types of waste and in 2007/08 an estimated 16.8 million TVs and computers reached the end of their useful life in Australia. In 2027/28, this figure is predicted to reach an incredible 44 million.
Fortunately for the environment, and for us, an industry-funded computer and TV recycling scheme will be progressively rolled out across the country between now and the end of 2013. Under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, householders and small businesses will be able to recycle these items for free at designated drop-off points, which may include permanent collection sites and take-back events, or through a mail-back option.
In 2009 Australia imported 40.3 million televisions, computers and computer products - that's around 2 items per person! It's estimated that in 2007-08, only 10% was recycled. The target for the new Scheme is to raise that figure to 80% by 2021.
Where can I find out more?
Information about the new recycling Scheme is available on the Australian Government's e-waste information webpage.
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