Author: Liam Taylor
The Victorian ban on e-waste to landfill will come into effect from 1 July, 2019. If your recycling business operates in Victoria, make sure the details of what you accept for recycling is up to date to help consumers find your services.
The ban was announced last year to address the growing issue of e-waste, one of Australia’s fastest growing waste streams. According to the 2017 Managing E-waste in Victoria Policy Impact Assessment e-waste is growing three times faster than general municipal waste and television and computer waste will grow by more than 60 percent over the decade to 2024.
Besides the fact sending e-waste can be dangerous to the environment and human health due to the chemicals and materials used to manufacture electronics, it’s also a waste of valuable resources that could and should be getting recycled.
In order to support the ban, the Victorian Government has announced a $16.5 million package to encourage safe management of hazardous materials found in e-waste, and enable greater recovery of the valuable materials, ultimately leading to a more stable industry and more jobs for Victoria.
In support, Sustainability Victoria launched a new campaign, delivering a $1.5 million community education program on 4 July 2018 to educate Victorians about the value of e-waste and how it can be recycled. Recyclers with the ability to process these goods will play a key role.
Liam is Planet Ark's Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia.
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