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Have Your Say: Recycling Solar Panels

Moreton Bay residents are being called on to share their ideas on reducing electronic waste, including old solar panels, through a new state government initiative.


Mr Chris Whiting MP has appealed to the public to contribute suggestions to the e-Products Action Plan to tackle e-waste across the state.


“I think we can do much better than sending them to landfill... We want to see a Queensland where we create less e-waste and where it’s properly managed and recycled.

The draft plan, released by the Palaszczuk Government, aims to create a circular economy in Queensland that reduces e-waste. Australia generates approximately half a billion tonnes of e-waste annually, with only 18% of the material value being recovered. One of the biggest challenges is finding a solution to dispose of old solar panels.


As part of the draft plan, the government is considering a ban on dumping solar panels in Queensland landfills within the next decade. The draft plan also highlights the significant amount of e-waste generated in Queensland and the need to recover more of its material value. The government hopes to collect 80% of e-waste and recover 90% of the material value.


“I think we can do much better than sending them to landfill,” said Chris Whiting MP. “We want to see a Queensland where we create less e-waste and where it’s properly managed and recycled.”


In addition to seeking input from the public, the government is investing $250,000 to launch an industry-led solar stewardship scheme to address the issue.


The public is encouraged to provide their thoughts and ideas on reducing e-waste in Queensland, including suggestions for the disposal of old solar panels, televisions, fridges, computers, and air conditioners, by visiting the Queensland Government’s website.


The government will consider all feedback received as it works towards implementing the final e-Products Action Plan.

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