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Environment group calls for end to e-waste

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and Total Environment Centre (TEC) have called for a stop to e-waste, as the problem escalates out of control.

The information group and environment body are calling for an urgent introduction of mandatory recycling for consumer electronic waste, with Australians generating up to 140,000 tonnes of e-waste annually, only 4 percent of which is spared from the tip and turned into a new product.

The AIIA and the TEC say the federal and state governments must introduce new laws by next year requiring all electronic equipment-makers to take part in a “product stewardship” scheme that gives consumers easy access to collection networks.

TEC director Jeff Angel said millions of computers and TVs are being dumped into landfill each year and urgent action needs to be taken to address this growing problem.

Both parties have called for “clear enforcement initiatives” that ensure compliance, and incentivise consumers to  recycle electronic equipment.

The Government is expected to meet on the issue later this month.

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