Significant nationwide benefits would be generated from an expansion of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) to include all electronic and electrical equipment (EEE), according to a new report.
Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) released the report to co-inside with International E-Waste Day (October 14), an annual day in its third year that raises awareness for e-waste recycling and encourages consumers to recycle their e-waste responsibly.
The report also follows the review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, DAWE) which provided 26 recommendations on the overall effectiveness of the Act, the product stewardship initiatives and the feasibility of expanding the NTCRS.
Australia generates an estimated 554,000 tonnes of EEE annually and ANZRP CEO, Warren Overton claims that the report shows the economic, social and environmental benefits that a scope expansion would generate. He added that it also outlines the need for a holistic approach to product stewardship, for Australia to effectively tackle its growing waste issue.
“As the demand for new technology increases, so does our e-waste footprint, which highlights the widespread need for government and industry to work collaboratively to develop policies that specifically address recycling and reuse,” Overton said.
“Currently valuable materials that otherwise could be in market are ending up in landfill, which is why we are calling for all waste electronic and electrical equipment to be included in the NTCRS.
“This report shows that the country’s waste crisis is a unique opportunity that has substantial benefits to the economy, job sector and our environment.
“Conserving precious raw materials and keeping EEE out of the waste stream, will allow Australia to become less reliant on natural resources and international supply chains, making our economy more resilient and resource rich.
“We’re immensely proud of the results generated through our recycling programs, yet this is just the tip of the iceberg. These benefits would substantially increase if the NTCRS expanded its scope to include all EEE waste, which would present a bright future for Australia,” he concluded.