Pete Garrett
Pete Garrett

Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, has opened Australia’s first automated e-waste recycling plant at Villawood, Sydney.

Australians produce and estimated 140,000 tonnes of e-waste, including computers, TVs and mobile phones, each year. The new plant is capable of recycling 20,000 tonnes of that waste per annum.

Currently Australians recycle only about 4% of their e-waste compared to 80% in Europe and some parts of America.