Australia’s e-waste laws were reviewed by scientists of the University of New South Waste (UNSW). They compared two international leaders which are specialised of e-waste recycling: Japan and Switzerland. It was found out that Australia’s approach is not effective. Greater compliance measures are required for it. It is important to prevent dangerous pollution of soil.
Professor Graciela Merrernicht from UNSW’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences said that Australian legislation is unable to keep pace with e-waste quantity which is generated nowadays. He said that recycling targets of the country which were put ten years ago are not effective today. So the scientists recommend revising of the targets.
Modern society generates e-waste three times faster than other forms of waste. According to the report which was made by the scientists electronic or electrical waste can be any device which people connect to a power supply. There are small amounts which can be dangerous for environment. When people dispose lead, arsenic and mercury influence environment and public health.
In order to prevent the pollutants from ending up in landfill it is important to recycle e-waste properly. That is why people can recover some valuable metals in different components. The process of recovery is used in many countries as well as in Australia costs much money. While countries with less developed economies use dangerous and harmful methods of recycling.
After the analysis of legislation in Australia showed that there is an overall increase in recycling in the country.