Opportunities and constraints for developing a sustainable E-waste management system at local government level in Australia

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Title Opportunities and constraints for developing a sustainable E-waste management system at local government level in Australia
Author Davis, Georgina; Herat, Sunil
Journal Name Waste Management and Research
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract E-waste refers to both electronic and electrical waste materials; namely any items which rely on an electric current or electromagnetic fields in order to operate, and contain a hard-drive or significant electronic components and/or a printed circuit board. E-waste is outstripping the general growth of the municipal waste stream. Increasingly, smaller and cheaper electronic items are being disposed of in municipal waste systems and this, coupled with an increase in the number of, and turnover of manufacturers and suppliers, may see local councils assuming a key role in future e-waste management. A survey of local councils across Australia was undertaken to determine the current level of understanding and action on e-waste, and to solicit key responses regarding the identification of areas where improvements could be made. The survey achieved an overall response rate of 35%. Survey results identified key barriers experienced by councils regarding the collection and treatment of e-wastes, such as access to reprocessing facilities and the limited or complete unawareness by the public of the issues. With regards to who should pay for e-waste disposal at end-of-life, consumers and producers were most commonly cited, depending on the state with the preferred funding mechanisms being 'advanced recycling fee' and Expanded Producer Responsibility. Overwhelmingly, 88% of respondents believed that federal legislation was required to manage e-waste. Overall, the results did not indicate differences in views between states for most questions.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0734242X09343008
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 The Authors. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 28
Page from 705
Page to 713
ISSN 0734-242X
Date Accessioned 2010-05-18
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30243
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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