E-waste management practices in Australia

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of electronic waste management
Subtitle of host publicationinternational best practices and case studies
EditorsMajeti Narasimha Vara Prasad, Meththika Vithanage, Anwesha Borthakur
Place of PublicationOxford, UK; Cambridge, USA
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780128170311
ISBN (Print)9780128170304
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Australia
  • Circular economy
  • Closed-loop supply chain
  • Developed country
  • E-waste
  • Local government area (LGA)
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban mining
  • Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
  • Waste management


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