E-Waste Must Be Disposed Of Properly

E-Waste Must Be Disposed Of Properly

Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

E-Waste Program Gets $1.5 Million Boost

Victor P Taffa

Recycling and safely disposing of ‘e-waste’, or electronic/electrical waste, will be made easier thanks to a State Government boost of $1.5 Million.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion made the announcement today while visiting one of Western Australia’s busiest recycling facilities, Tamala Park, at Mindarie.

The funds will go to the Western Australian Transitional E-Waste Program, set up by the State’s Waste Authority to subsidise e-waste recycling and disposal costs.

“Australians are among the fastest adopters of new technology in the world.” Mr. Marmion said.

“With increasing production and demand for electronic products such as televisions and computers, e-waste is growing three times faster than any other waste stream.”

 

“With the implementation of a national e-waste strategy up to three years away, the Government is providing $1.5 Million now to subsidise up to 50 % of e-waste disposal costs for Metropolitan Depots and up to 50 % of disposal and transport costs for Non-Metropolitan Depots.” Mr. Marmion said.

Electrical Retailers can also apply for funding to hold one-off collection days.

“E-waste contains a wide range of potentially hazardous chemicals that can pose a threat to wildlife and human health.” the Minister said.

“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.” Mr. Marmion said.