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As Australians increase their reliance on technology, disposing of unwanted electronic products (e-waste) in an environmentally responsible way is becoming an increasingly important issue. Many older televisions are also being disposed following the digital switchover in Adelaide and surrounding areas on 2 April 2013.
E-waste contains hazardous materials including heavy metals and glass which if broken or damaged pose an unacceptable environmental hazard. Also, around 90% of what is used to make televisions and computers can be recycled, saving valuable, finite resources.
Whitegoods have been banned from direct landfill disposal since 1 September 2011.
Since 1 September 2012 computers, televisions and fluorescent lighting from metropolitan Adelaide have been banned from being disposed of directly to landfill.
From 1 September 2013, e-waste is due to be banned from direct landfill disposal across all of South Australia under the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 (W2R EPP). A complete list of landfill bans and timing is available.
Recycling of televisions and computers is being promoted through the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, a product stewardship scheme . The scheme requires manufacturers and importers of televisions and computers to take responsibility for the collection and recycling of the products they sell in Australia. Many free drop-off options are now available across SA under the scheme.
Last modified: 29/04/2013 03:50 pm