Ewaste industry shakeup-: Government’s tough action against pollution poses challenge for recyclers.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Australia’s ewaste system is 10 years behind Europe, Asia and the United States. Our e-waste is simply tossed in with the rest of the household rubbish, to clutter up landfill and gradually leach chemicals into the surrounding environment.
How big a problem is ewaste?
As enthusiastic early adopters of technology, Australians reportedly buy around 4 million computers and 3 million TVs every year of which, according to Clean up Australia, 88% will end up in landfill.