Help us to ban e-waste from landfill in Western Australia
E-waste (electronic waste) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Australia, driven by an accelerating change in technology that consumers are now disposing of at unprecedented rates.
E-waste sent to landfill is a toxic time bomb, with the potential to leach large quantities of toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury into our precious groundwater and contaminating our soils.
This toxic cocktail of chemicals contaminates our soil, water systems, oceans and even the water you drink and the fruit and vegetables that you and your children eat.
It also contains a lot of very useful and valuable materials1, yet despite all of this it continues to be landfilled as an unregulated household waste in many parts of Western Australia. Sending these materials to landfill means the resources they contain are lost. So why is as much as 63% of e-waste still ending up in our landfills?
While the eastern states are leading the way by making e-waste recycling mandatory2, Western Australia still legally allows e-waste to go into our landfills. Our e-recycling rate is only half that of the eastern states.
Over the last 10 years we have been working hard to solve the e-waste problem for WA and through our process 92% of all the e-waste we receive is recovered, recycled and diverted from landfill. Hazardous materials are safely treated and useful materials are directed forward into the circular economy.
YOU CAN HELP by simply using your name and signing this petition. Together, let’s tell our government that we want to solve the e-waste problem once and for all.
Please sign and share this petition and play your part in keeping Western Australia beautiful.1A tonne of e-waste contains other valuable reusable resources such as 400 kg of steel, 250 kg of plastic, 90 kg of non-ferrous metals and even 1.5 g of gold and 15 g of silver.
2Western Australia still legally allows e-waste to be landfill. Victoria is banning e-waste to landfill on 1 July 2019, South Australia banned e-waste to landfill in 2011 and the Australian Capital Territory made it mandatory to recycle e-waste in 2010.