New Zealand Government takes action to reduce e-waste

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The Government of New Zealand has issued a consultation document titled ‘Proposed priority products and priority product stewardship scheme guidelines’ aimed at reducing the risk of the harm stemming from waste (including e-waste) and promoting the concept of circular economy.

The initiative has been well received, although such action should have been taken much earlier according to the eDay Trust, a body created in 2010 to tackle the growing challenge of e-waste. The trust called on the government to make a national e-waste recycling scheme a priority, given that the United Nations has previously referred to New Zealand as one of the world’s largest generators of electronic waste and the only OECD country without any national regulations.

The consultation paper proposes an eight-week period for comment on priority products and a further two years of consultation on proposed regulations.

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