Last week Amy Adams, the Minister for the Environment, said on TVOne news that the TV Takeback scheme will have to put out for tender again. This came after an announcement that the government funded TV Takeback scheme had run into difficulties (see our earlier blog post).
The Government has now announced a consultation process for hazardous waste. E-waste comes under this definition and it is one of the fastest growing sectors of the waste stream. Given the problems encountered with televisions alone it is important that end of life disposal of these products is address.
Since voluntary measures have been shown to give a low recycling rate Ecotech Services advocates product stewardship for durable goods. One method of administering a product steward system in a deposit refund system, of which bottle deposit is the most well known example.