Skip to main content

New Zealand and Australia join forces on e-waste

New Zealand – New Zealand and Australia have arrived at an accepted joint draft concerning electrical and electronic waste processing. Once in force, the e-waste Standard will provide communities, private recyclers and scrap metal dealers with a means of quality control, demonstrating that they apply consistent standards to their activities.

According to New Zealand’s Environment Minister Nick Smith, the main issue facing a small country like his is economy of scale. ‘E-waste recycling is one example where large volumes are required to make it economically viable,’ he says. ‘This is why aligning good practice guidelines for e-waste recycling with the much larger market in Australia is so important.’ He adds that Australia was hand-picked due to their shared markets in terms of ICT and overall recycling.

The draft remains open for debate and Mr Smith has urged businesses and organisations with a role in handling e-waste to make submissions where they feel these are needed.

Don't hesitate to contact us to share your input and ideas. Subscribe to the magazine or (free) newsletter.

You might find this interesting too

South Korean microchips with a green edge
US backs ‘magic’ wind turbine recycling solution
‘Recycling is my passion, not just my work’

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Subscribe now and get a full year for just €169 (normal rate is €225) Subscribe