Councils in Big Soda firing line over container deposits

By Julian Bajkowski Beverage companies have rolled out the heavy artillery in an escalating war of words aimed at councils and consumers over the proposed introduction of a National Container Deposit Scheme. In a new advertising campaign the drinks industry likens the idea of putting a price on bottles to reduce rubbish as the equivalent […]

Libraries lend a hand to Sydney e-waste collection

By Paul Hemsley Low energy light bulbs might be a bright idea to cut household electricity bills, but the City of Sydney is now being forced to come up with innovative new ways to keep literally tonnes of the otherwise toxic lamps out of household rubbish bins. As the volume of small scale e-waste explodes, […]

Government and industry commit to e-waste strategy

OPINION By John Gertsakis Diverting end-of-life televisions from landfill remains a key objective for Product Stewardship Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, established by television manufacturers to design and deliver a national collection, recycling and community education program. The timing is right given the growing appetite Australian consumers have for ensuring e-waste is recycled in an environmentally […]

Queensland public service to recycle used mobiles

The Queensland public service is rolling out a trial mobile phone recycling program, which is expected to recycle up to 25,000 business and private mobile phones. Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten said there were an estimated two million surplus mobile phones across the state at risk of ending up in landfill. The trial program has already begun […]

Brisbane zeroes in on e-waste

By Penny Langfield Replacing the cradle-to-grave model of waste production is key to reducing problems associated with electronic waste, according to a waste strategy specialist. Fiona Glance, acting strategy manager for city-based services at Brisbane City Council said a paradigm shift was needed to manage escalating e-waste problems in Australia. In 2006 there were approximately […]

WA Government to tackle e-waste

  Image: Product Stewardship Australia.   Western Australian Environment Minister Donna Faragher has announced the formation of a new Waste Authority committee to develop strategies for dealing with electronic waste, including analogue televisions discarded ahead of the digital television switch-over. The announcement follows the ACT Government’s commitment to become the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce a ban […]

ACT first to divert TVs from landfill

The ACT Government is set to become the first jurisdiction in Australia to ban televisions from landfill, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has announced. From April 27, televisions will be banned from landfill and recycled for a fee, ranging from $15 to $40, at the Mitchell and Mugga Lane resource management centres. The ban is expected divert 200 tonnes of […]

SA in prime position to launch e-waste recycling scheme

By Angela Dorizas South Australia is ready to kick-start the national e-waste recycling scheme agreed to by environment ministers last week, according to SA Environment and Conservation Minister Jay Weatherill. Mr Weatherill said the state’s container deposit scheme, which had been in operation for 30 years, provided the necessary infrastructure for e-waste collection and recycling.  […]

Garrett announces landmark e-waste recycling scheme

  Under the new national e-waste recycling scheme, 80 per cent of all televisions and computes are expected to be recycled by 2021.     By Angela Dorizas Computers and televisions will be diverted from landfill under a landmark national e-waste recycling scheme. Federal and state environment ministers agreed to a new national policy on waste and […]

Consultation called on national e-waste policy

By Rob O’Brien The Federal Government is calling for feedback on a national approach to dealing with e-waste. Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett, as Chair of the Environment, Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC), has called for comment on a national approach to dealing with computer and television waste. The consultation package includes a comprehensive […]

Councils divert 210 tonnes of e-waste from landfill

By Staff Writer West Australian councils collected 210 tonnes worth of electronic waste in a recent free e-waste collection drive. Old televisions, computers and household electrical goods, which could have filled 15 shipping containers, were collected by 11 metropolitan local governments and regional authorities. The event was supported by the WA Waste Authority, Apple and […]

WALGA to host e-waste collection day

By Staff Writer Perth residents will be given the opportunity to safely dispose of computers, TVs, mobiles and other electronic waste as part of a collection drive facilitated by local government. Supported by the WA Local Government Association (WALGA), the free collection days will be held over the weekend of  June 6, with materials accepted […]


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