eWaste in Australia

  • Australians are among the highest users of technology, and ewaste is one of the fastest growing types of waste.
  • 17 million televisions and 37 million computers have been sent to landfill up to 2008 alone
  • Only 10% of computers are recycled in Australia
  • Australians buy more than 4 million computers and 3 million televisions annually
  • If 75% of the 1.5 million televisions discarded annually were recycled there would be savings of 23,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents, 520 mega litres of water, 400,000 gigajoules of energy and 160,000 cubic metres of landfill space

What is EWaste?

eWaste is defined as waste electrical and electronic equipment that is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to function (including all components, sub-assemblies and consumables which are part of the original equipment at the time of discarding). They include:

  1. Consumer/entertainment electronics (e.g. televisions, DVD players and tuners).
  2. Devices of office, information and communications technology (e.g. computers, telephones and mobile phones).
  3. Household appliances (e.g. fridges, washing machines and microwaves).
  4. Lighting devices (e.g. desk lamps).
  5. Power tools (e.g. power drills) with the exclusion of stationary industrial devices.
  6. Devices used for sport and leisure including toys (e.g. fitness machines and remote control cars).

Reference source (Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Televisions and computers also contain valuable non-renewable resources including gold, steel, copper, zinc, aluminium and brass. The amount of gold recovered

from one tonne of electronic scrap from personal computers is more than that recovered from 17 tonnes of gold ore

However, televisions and computers contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury, which need to be managed in a safe manner. Despite this many computers and televisions are disposed with household rubbish and end up in landfill.

Computer and television recycling entails the breaking down of the product into its various components (ie. plastics, metals, glass etc), where 95-98% (by weight) of these materials can be fully recycled for future use. Many e-waste products also contain hazardous waste that requires special handling.

WV Technologies assists in the removal ewaste from Australian Landfill. Our recycling partners achieve up to 99% reduction in landfill on electronic products.

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