E-waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in Australia. Electronic and electrical items are increasingly essential to the function and enjoyment of the lives of Western Australians.
E-waste may contain materials of value as well as hazardous materials that require responsible management to prevent harm to the environment and human health.
Recent modelling estimated that, of 68,663 tonnes of e-waste generated in Western Australia in 2019‒20, only 18,737 tonnes was recycled, and it is probable that a significant amount of the remainder was disposed of to landfill.
The State Government encouraged industry and the community to provide feedback via the Consultation: Ban on e-waste disposal to landfill in Western Australia. The consultation closed on 31 March 2023.
This decision regulatory impact statement (DRIS) incorporates stakeholder feedback and outlines changes made to the ban on e-waste disposal to landfill implementation following further assessment and analysis.