Governments developed a new scheme in response to increased e-waste levels going to landfill and a low proportion being recycled.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) February 14, 2014
The E-Waste Collection and Processing industry in Australia is undergoing rapid growth. Many products are included as electronic and electrical waste, or e-waste. These include and products that require electricity to operate or runs on batteries. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Alen Allday, “the main e-waste products are computers, televisions, refrigerators, batteries, household appliances and electronic equipment.” These products often contain substances that are harmful to the environment when place in landfill, such as lead and arsenic in cathode-ray tubes, selenium in circuit boards and cadmium in semiconductors. The main risk with these substances is seepage into groundwater and soil contamination, which can affect food supplies and cause health problems in people and animals.
In response to increased e-waste levels going to landfill and a low proportion being recycled, federal and state governments developed the National Television and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme (NTCRS) under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. This is aimed at increasing awareness of e-waste problems with households and businesses, and improving recycling rates. This has already been successful in increasing e-waste recycling levels. IBISWorld estimates that these volumes increased at an annualised rate of 25.0% over the five years through 2013-14. Higher TV replacement levels due to the switchover from analogue to digital TV from 2010 through 2013 also drove this growth. “High e-waste collection and processing volumes are expected to have resulted in industry revenue increasing at an annualised 8.9% over the five years through 2013-14 to $128.9 million,” says Allday. This includes forecast growth of 7.3% in 2013-14.
The number of establishments in the industry has increased strongly as demand increased and profit levels were relatively high. The larger companies in the industry expanded, particularly those processing and recycling e-waste. This was due to a limited number of firms having the required processing facilities. IBISWorld expects that E-Waste Collection and Processing industry revenue will increase over the next five years as e-waste volumes increase and recycling rates continue to improve. Industry concentration, currently at a medium level, is expected to intensify as the larger firms increase revenue levels at a faster rate than the industry, and benefit from a greater number of council contracts to supply industry services. Current major players include Sims Metal Management Limited, Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd and SembSITA Australia Pty Limited.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
The industry includes businesses that collect, process and recycle household electrical and electronic goods, such as televisions, DVD players, computers, office equipment and kitchen appliances. Batteries, other components and related products within these goods are also processed.
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