Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher
Depots To Collect E-Waste
Victor P Taffa
New funding is to be shared among Six Metropolitan Waste Depots to improve their collection and recycling of electronic waste (e-waste), including analogue televisions and computers.
Environment Minister Donna Faragher said Six Regional Councils would also share in the $400,000 from the State Government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.
“The issue of e-waste is a growing problem throughout the world and will be a particular problem in Australia as analogue televisions are progressively switched off across the country during the next three years.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“Estimates suggest that during the next three years, there will be 360,000 discarded analogue televisions and 180,000 discarded computers in Western Australia.”
“State and Federal environment ministers have agreed to a national strategy by 2013, but it is important WA takes steps to deal with the e-waste in the meantime.”
“The $400,000 will assist in the collection and recycling of e-waste at these metropolitan depots and regional councils over the coming months.”
“During this time, a new committee of the Waste Authority will consider and recommend other options for a broader strategy for dealing with e-waste.”
The Six Metropolitan Depots are:
- Red Hill Waste Management Facility;
- City of Stirling Recycling Centre (Balcatta);
- Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility;
- Henderson Waste Recovery Park;
- Tamala Park Recycling Centre;
- JFR McGeough Resource Recovery Facility (Brockway).
The Six Regional Council Areas are:
- Cities of Albany;
- Avon Regional Organisation of Councils.
The Minister encouraged residents to use their local depots for unwanted equipment, including computers and televisions, as the most appropriate method of their disposal.
Mrs. Faragher also announced new funding made available through the State Government’s Strategic Waste Initiatives Scheme (SWIS) for three other projects dealing with the collection and recycling of e-waste:
- $40,420 to Total Green Recycling to recover plastic from computers and electronic goods, to be sorted and marketed as a consistent product;
- $54,186 to the City of Gosnells to develop and deliver a program to educate primary school students about recycling fluorescent lights and to encourage parents to participate in regional household hazardous waste collections;
- $98,161 to the City of Armadale to purchase equipment to extend its successful e-waste collection and dismantling program.
Nearly $590,000 has been distributed among nine projects through the SWIS, which is funded through the waste levy from urban landfill sites.
“It is essential that we increase the amount of material being recycled and reused, and improve the way we manage waste.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“These e-waste initiatives are good examples of projects that will generate significant environmental outcomes and assist in waste reduction.”
Armadale Mayor Linton Reynolds said the City of Armadale was the first local government in WA to undertake e-waste recycling.
“We have taken the initiative to deal with this growing problem and it is good to see our efforts are being rewarded through the SWIS funding, which will greatly assist the continuation of our successful e-waste recycling program.” Cr. Reynolds said.