The Federal Government has legislated to reduce the negative impact of products such as televisions and computers.
The Product Stewardship Bill, which aims to lower the environmental, health and safety impact of products, successfully passed through the House of Representatives thanks to strong support in the Senate.
“Product stewardship means that everyone involved in the production, supply and use of the products we consume shares responsibility for those products,” Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said.
“Enshrining this principle in legislation delivers a key component of the Australia's long-term National Waste Policy.”
Canon Australia, in association with the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), has been working with the Australian Government and industry leaders in developing the legislation to reduce waste and improve recycling.
“The Product Stewardship Bill paves the way for a national recycling scheme, to be established by the TV and computer industries later this year, that will meet the growing need in the community for a safe and environmentally sound solution to eWaste,” Canon Oceania quality, safety and environment manager, Janet Leslie, said.
In addition to a pledge to share best practices developed by its engineers at the Panasonic Eco Technology Centre (PETEC) in Japan with the Australian Government and industry leaders, Panasonic Australia also plans to roll out a consumer education program in support of the new scheme.
“This is a landmark moment for the consumer electronics industry and we want to make sure that the program is executed as smoothly as possible,” Panasonic Australia managing director, Steve Rust, said.
“We’re pleased to share our global expertise to help Australia quickly become a leader in e-recycling.”
Voluntary schemes for products listed in the National Waste Policy implementation plan, such as tyres and mercury containing lights, are also being worked on by the Government together with stakeholders.