WA e-waste scheme gets $1.5m boost

WA e-waste scheme gets $1.5m boost

Summary: The Western Australian Government has given the state's Transitional E-Waste program a funding boost to subsidise e-waste recycling and disposal.

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The Western Australian Government has given the state's Transitional E-Waste program a funding boost to subsidise e-waste recycling and disposal.

"Australians are among the fastest adopters of new technology in the world, State Environment Minister Bill Marmion said.

He pointed out that e-waste was growing three times faster than any other waste strategy and that the implementation of the Federal Government's proposed scheme could take a while to get going.

"The government is providing $1.5 million now to subsidise up to 50 per cent of e-waste disposal costs for metropolitan depots and up to 50 per cent of disposal and transport costs for non-metropolitan depots," he said, adding that electrical retailers can also apply for funding to hold one-off collection days.

"Anything we can do to remove such items from the waste stream is important and this will make a real difference in how we dispose of e-waste in the metropolitan area."

Topics: Government, Government AU, Laptops, Mobility

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  • This is a good move by WA, such a shame we have nothing being done at the Federal level. Waiting until sometime in 2011 hoping by then that we have already thrown out our older TVs for flat screen digital models. They knew quite well with the digital TV roll out there would be a massive level of dumping of older TVs and did nothing, saying oh wait till 2011, instead of getting down to it and planning and having something in place for the roll out. As has been demonstrated our government and the opposition for that matter don't give a **** about the environment, Gillard couldn't wait to ditch environmental promises the minute the floods went through Queensland.
    deonast
  • Perhaps there should be a new product rating system which not only looks at energy efficiency, but takes a "whole of lifecycle" approach, which gives a higher sustainability rating to those companies that design energy efficient equipment, have sustainable supply chains and also offer a take-back service. This may help consumers choose to purchase the more sustainable products and give greater market share to those companies that do the right thing.
    KamilaCarmine-a35d6