Monday, 8 March 2010

Bring out your e-waste!

Bring out your dead e-waste! Bring out your e-waste!

Heard that call from your local council sometime in the last two years? Then you are one of the lucky ones.

Responsible people are running out of room in their garages and sheds to safely store this waste, while local government often only pays lip service to policies on garbage, recycling, safe disposal and landfill.

Clean Up Australia Day founder, Ian Kiernan, has stepped up calls for national laws to crack down on e-waste producers, as almost 600,000 Australians rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the annual litter bust.

Which is fine sentiment, but also ignores the fact that ordinary people are storing mini-mountains of this waste, because many local councils are unwilling to take it off the homeowner's hands on dedicated kerbside collection days.

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