Key Principles and Policies
Requiring producers to take-back and recycle old products is the best way to ensure that they design their products to be less toxic, to last longer, to be repaired and recycled. TEC advocates a number of policies informed by the value of the resources used and their toxicity to the environment.
Australia now has a scheme for producer responsibility for computers and TVs after our 7 year campaign. TEC helped establish the Let's Do IT! Alliance, comprised of Australia's major computer recylcers, local government and environment groups; and has also negotiated with the computer and TV manufacturers and all 3 levels of government. The campaign aims to ensure that toxic computers, TVs, mobile phones, and peripherals are kept out of landfills and that a vibrant domestic recycling industry emerges.
We are monitoring the success of the scheme including recycling levels and extension to small electronic items.
Our most recent report on the problem - Tipping Point [2009, 1.05MB]
TEC released a model computer take-back scheme as industry and governments seek to grapple with computer waste - Rebyte!
Compact with Computer Industry [2009, 31KB]
We examined the industry mobile phone scheme in Mobile Muster Myth Exposed [2007, 434KB]
Whitegoods, end-of-life vehicles, batteries, tyres, arsenic treated timber, paints, oils and PVC are all problem wastes because of their volume and toxicity.In a report prepared for the Boomerang Alliance, TEC has reviewed 17 priority products that need to be targeted for product take-back and recycling. It's time for action.
EPR 2005/06 Report
Gas Bottle Briefing [2009, 118KB]
Tyres [2009, 1.02MB]
Lead Acid Battery Report [2007, 373KB]
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