Are we good recyclers?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics almost every Australian household (99%) participated in some form of recycling or reusing of waste in the 12 months prior to March 2009, a very positive statistic and one that has been gradually rising for the last decade. With the help of our local councils we have learnt how to recycle, the 2009 ABS report on waste management states that 95% of households recycled or reused their paper / cardboard / newspapers, 94% recycled plastic bottles, 93% recycled glass and 90% recycled plastic bags. Unfortunately what we haven’t yet learnt or in many cases are simply unaware of is the importance of recycling electronic equipment. The ABS report stated that nearly a quarter (23%) of electronic equipment and more than half (51%) of household appliances disposed of in the 12 months to March 2009 were placed with the non-recycled garbage for kerbside collection.