Australia, New Zealand implement new e-scrap standard
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
New guidelines have been introduced in Australia and New Zealand that covers the collection, storage and recycling of e-scrap.
The best-practices metrics were developed by Standards Australia, a non-government industry-standards organization, and it outlines the minimum requirements for the safe handling of e-scrap. "AS/NZS 5377:2013 Collection, storage, transport and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment," seeks to maximize reuse of electronics, reduce the amount of electronics going to landfill, while protecting workers and the environment. Additionally, the new standard is meant to help companies conform with existing laws and regulations as well as international agreements governing the management of hazardous wastes.