In Australia, there are rules to regulate e-waste management. They are aimed at promoting the correct disposal of the waste to avoid pollution. The local governments in Australia are charged with the responsibility of controlling the management of domestic waste. They are responsible for the collection, processing and also disposal of the waste. Below are details about e-waste management laws in Australia:
What to do with e-waste
There are guidelines set to control how e-scrap is disposed of. You are not supposed to dump gadgets in landfills. Regardless of the laws, Australians should take it as a personal obligation to correctly dispose of the waste since they are the direct recipients of the environmental effect. Currently, the consequences of wrongful disposal are not full-blown. Other legislative rules in Australia include restrictions on the import and exportation of e-waste.
Collection of e-waste and storage
Australia has a variety of ways through which e-waste is collected. Some are free, others are offered with a levy. For instance, there are pick-up services available, making it possible to drop waste at temporary events or designated points. Common e-waste collection points include reprocessing sites, community hubs, retailer outlets, council civic centres and waste depots, warehouses and transfer stations.
E-waste management and programs
The Australian government has begun programs to facilitate easy recovery of e-waste. There is the National Computer and Television Recycling Scheme which is the main recycler of TVs and computers in Australia. The recycling plant was started by the government in 2012 with the aim of improving e-waste disposal. The organization is controlled by the national government through the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and the Product Stewardship.
There is the Mobile Muster program which is aimed at collecting waste mobile phones and their accessories. Another e-waste program is the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative. It is a non-profitable program meant for battery manufacturers and recyclers. They collect, sort and recycle old batteries and later dispose of them correctly.