Australia is one of the countries in the world with the highest number of electronic waste products. A lot of e-recycling companies have been formed to recycle these products. These companies have faced several problems through the years despite intervention from the government. Here are some of the challenges facing e-recycling facilities in Australia.
Some of these companies do not have competent management committees. There have been cases where the management has squandered money meant for use in the company. The management is also supposed to come up with ideas on how to avoid pollution of the environment during the recycling process. Poor management has led to the closure of some recycling companies since they end up polluting the environment.
Decrease in Quality of E-waste
Electrical companies have become very creative and are now producing new designs now and then. These designs are making it hard for e-recycling companies to recycle materials for they are made using very little precious metal.
Sagging Global Prices
Prices for recycled have gone down in recent years. Some companies have been unable to make profits due to this factor. Sagging of global prices has led to some companies being forced to fire their workers. Some companies have also been pushed to shut down.
Exporting to Developing Countries
Some developing countries do not have the equipment to help reduce environmental pollution. Some of the materials exported by e-recycling companies are toxic and can harm people’s health. This has been the case in developing countries. Many of the workers dismantling exported e-recycled products in such countries have had some health complications. E-recycling companies in Australia have thus been discouraged from exporting their products to developing countries.
Some of the Latest Devices Are Not Easily Recyclable
Manufacturing companies now have new intricate designs which make it difficult for recycling companies to recycle materials. Such devices make it difficult for e-recycling companies to find recyclable accessories.