Denise Roche

E-waste solutions backed by local government

by Denise Roche

Local Government New Zealand supports a great solution for electronic waste.

At the recent Local Government Conference AGM, Wellington Regional Councillor Paul Bruce won unanimous support for his e-waste remit which calls on central government to:

  •          Declare electronic waste (eWaste) a priority product under the provisions of the Waste Minimisation Act (2008)
  •          Set a timetable for the development of regulations requiring all importers of electronic equipment to sign up to a product stewardship scheme for eWaste at the point of manufacture, assembly or entry to New Zealand
  •          Collaborate with suppliers of electronic equipment in progressing a co-regulatory approach to product stewardship, aligned with Australia

Right now John Key’s government is dragging its feet on waste solutions. The Government has the power under the Green Party’s Waste Minimisation Act (2008) to make producers of electronic waste responsible for recycling of their products, however, the Government is choosing not to do anything about it.

As the remit explains, “When it [e-waste] becomes a priority product, then Product stewardship provides a permanent long-term solution where all the costs of eWaste collection, transport and recycling are met by electronic equipment suppliers; in effect, the cost of recycling becomes included in the price of new products.”

Our local governments support this sensible solution, it’s time for John Key’s Government to as well.

 

Published in Environment & Resource Management by Denise Roche on Tue, July 30th, 2013   

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