The WEEE Forum, which represents e-waste producer responsibility organisations throughout the world, is continuing to grow its global membership with the recent addition of new members from Colombia, South Africa, Spain and Lithuania.
Engineers at the Australian National University in Canberra have invented a semiconductor with organic and inorganic materials that can convert electricity into light very efficiently – and is thin and flexible enough to help make devices such as mobile phones bendable.
Electronic waste (e-waste) is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia – with estimates there will be 223,000 tonnes of waste mounted up by 2023-24.
A microfactory that can transform the components from electronic waste such as discarded smartphones and laptops into valuable materials for re-use has been launched at UNSW, Sydney.
TechCollect is asking businesses to increase recycling efforts and create a more sustainable workplace, and to mark 13 December in the diary for Waste Not, Want Not Day.
E-waste recycling service TechCollect is calling for Australians to consider the environmental impact of not recycling electronic waste in the wake of new research which it says reveals almost half of Aussies are holding onto unused or broken electronic devices in case they are needed again one day.
E-waste in the Asia/Oceania region in 2015 totalled 12.3 million tonnes, 2.4 times the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The first Regional E-waste Monitor: East and Southeast Asia, was compiled by the United Nations University, (UNU) through its Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme and funded by the Japanese Ministry of Environment.
As technology consumption continues to rise, it is critical that businesses become more active participants in sustainability and promote awareness of responsible e-waste recycling throughout the year.
It is widely known that about 90% of e-waste ends up in a landfill. That is ecologically dangerous, irresponsible and wasteful.
Sydney’s small businesses and residents are invited by Dell and TechCollect to recycle their various old computers and accessories on Saturday 26 September.
Dell ran a free e-waste drop-off day in Sydney last weekend, and more than 500 people took the opportunity to get rid of their junk in a responsible way.
A University of Sydney professor has warned that the move to cloud computing could exacerbate Australia's e-waste problems.
Confidential personal and company information including medical records, legal matters, financials, the entire contents of an email inbox and personal mail from a Justice of the Peace are just some of the confidential data found on the hard drives of recycled computers.
Australians are being urged to help set a new world record for the most e-waste collected for recycling to tackle the nation’s fastest growing waste problem.
In 2007/08 less than 14% of the 28.6M computers sold in Australia were recycled. E-waste is a majorly toxic issue for the IT industry.
ICT services provider Dimension Data now provides its clients with an e-waste removal service as part of its technology lifecycle management assessments.
- A leading Australian expert on corporate environmental issues is alerting procurement and supply chain managers to the need to urgently change the way purchasing decisions are made. Rapidly rising energy costs and the introduction of major pieces of legislation related to energy use and waste disposal, slated for later this year, will see an irrevocable shift away from buying on initial price to total cost of ownership.
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