Globally, electronic waste (E-waste) has become a major waste stream containing harmful contaminants as well as valuable and rare earth materials. Both developed and developing countries facing tremendous challenges in managing it. Per capita, E-waste generation in Australia is the highest in the world. Current E-waste related regulation mainly focuses on obsolete television and computers under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS). This chapter aims to provide a brief overview of the existing E-waste management system of the country and identifies key barriers to overcome for developing a sustainable long-term strategy. Customers, local government councils, and recyclers are the three major actors in the Australian E-waste reverse supply chain. This study provides a general overview of the E-waste management system and concludes with challenges that need to be addressed in the future for a sustainable waste management system in Australia.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of electronic waste management|
|Subtitle of host publication||international best practices and case studies|
|Editors||Majeti Narasimha Vara Prasad, Meththika Vithanage, Anwesha Borthakur|
|Place of Publication||Oxford, UK; Cambridge, USA|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Islam, M. T., & Huda, N. (2020). E-waste management practices in Australia. In M. N. V. Prasad, M. Vithanage, & A. Borthakur (Eds.), Handbook of electronic waste management: international best practices and case studies (pp. 553-576). Oxford, UK; Cambridge, USA: Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-817030-4.00015-2