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Tech Talk Radio Show 21 of 2009
Transmission date: May 25, 2009

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Ep 21: Adam Turner looks at the roll out of Digital Radio in Australia. How ’bout storing all your movies on one DVD. Dr James Chon from Swinburne University tells how China, Canada, Spain on copyright piracy watch list, and A New, improved iPhone is expected next month! as well as The top 10 tech disappointments

May 25, 2009

As you drive around the suburbs and towns of Australia, hard rubbish collections draw their fair share of old television sets and computer screens. You know the ones, the old CRT or Cathode Ray Tube displays.

Have you noticed in recent times, as we move towards digital television and lcd computer screens, the quantity of these devices on or nature strips is on the increase? A main component in these old CRT’s is lead – a fairly toxic substance which you don’t really want to mess with.

Currently there are national  recycling programs, with the exception of a few small business incentives such as Mobile muster. So what do you do with the old 80cm TV which still works just fine?

For years the nation's old television sets and computers have been tossed out and ended up in landfill - 1.5million a year to be precise. But soon a new national scheme will give Australian's the option of recycling their old electronic equipment. In Tasmania last week, the Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett met with state environment ministers to discuss the worsening problem of e-waste. As with all meetings of this nature, the ministers agreed that there was a problem and a degree of urgency to set up what they hope will be a national program to recycle electronic waste where possible and adequately dispose of materials which can’t be recycled.

Electronic waste can contain materials which are highly sort after. Copper, gold, and aluminum are three to name a few. There’s also the issue of dangerous materials such as lead and arsenic which need to be disposed of correctly.

Australian TV suppliers have proposed a permanent national TV collection, recycling and community education scheme that could be ready to roll-out within six months. It would be funded solely by suppliers provided there is effective Federal regulatory underpinning to deal with free-riders or companies indifferent to their environmental obligations.

Recycle eWasteAustralia needs to come into the 21st century.

Government needs to regulate sooner than later, and after last week’s ministerial meeting, this could be done as soon as November this year. I guess it’s a start.
For more information visit www.reborn.org.au

 

 



Also on the show this week:

  • Adam Turner looks at the roll out of Digital Radio in Australia.
  • How ’bout storing all your movies on one DVD. Dr James Chon from Swinburne University tells how
  • China, Canada, Spain on copyright piracy watch list, and
  • A New, improved iPhone is expected next month! and
  • The top 10 tech disappointments