The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has welcomed Environmental Heritage Protection Council (EPHC) recognition of the need for a program for e-waste recycling.
AIIA corporate social responsibility policy manager, Josh Millen, said the organisation applauded the Government’s decision to go with a national model.
“When we’ve looked at overseas, state-by-state policies, we’ve noticed that there’s an overall confusion and difficulties involved for both vendors and manufacturers,” Millen said.
“The Government has taken the right step with this, and now we need to see what happens over the next six months.”
The EPHC will release a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for public consultation to identify the most appropriate policy mechanisms to govern an electronics equipment recycling program.
There are a number of different paths this statement could take, Millen said, with the AIIA to lobby the Government with the Regulatory Impact Statement.
Millen pointed to the Byteback trial program that had both been successful and an information gathering exercise.
“We’ve extended the program to the end of the year,” Millen said. “We’ve found there are 28 companies accounting for about 70 per cent of products coming in through the trial.
“Working with Officeworks also has given us an interesting retail perspective.”
Recently, Brother joined with the Byteback program.
Millen said the AIIA was in discussion with other vendors, hoped some of the bigger players would get on-board.
“Following the RIS, vendors will have to get on-board with e-recycling somehow, although we’ve lobbied for them to have the option of either joining in an initiative or having their own policies in place,” he said.