As a developed country, Australia’s e-waste statistics are surprisingly shocking. What do you know about e-waste? E-Waste or electronic waste refers to electronic products with a plug, battery or cord that are no longer wanted or working. It covers a whole range of items from work, home and even the garden shed. These items contain both hazardous and valuable materials that can be recovered when they reach the end of their working life.
Unfortunately as technology evolve, improve, advance and be replaced, the statistics will continue to skyrocket. The amount of e-waste (electronic waste) we create is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia.
Acknowledging the risks and opportunities associated with e-waste, the Victorian Government is banning e-waste from Victoria’s landfill from 1 July 2019. New regulatory measures, in the form of waste management policies, have been developed to ban e-waste from landfill and specify how e-waste must be managed. They are available on Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s website at https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/about-us/legislation/waste-legislation/waste-management-policies
Did you know that up to 90% of e-waste are recyclable? Mercury, plastics, printed circuit boards, ferrous metals and aluminum are separated from e-waste for recycling.
E-waste contains hazardous materials, which can harm the environment and human health. E-waste is growing three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia, due to increased technology trends, reduced product lifespan and consumer demand for new products. Valuable materials contained in e-waste are lost when appliances, computers and other household electrical goods are sent to landfill.
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