AS/NZS 5377 E-Waste Management System
The AS/NZS 5377 standard was developed by the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment, and the New Zealand Ministry of Environment to provide a uniform approach to assessing e-waste management systems.
This Standard sets out principles and minimum requirements for the safe and environmentally sound collection, storage, transport and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment in order to:
- Maximise re-use and material recovery
- Reduce or eliminate the amount of waste from this equipment going to final point of disposal operations such as landfill
- Safeguard worker health
- Minimise harm to the environment
The need for all organisations that are involved in e-waste recycling to be certified to AS/NZS 5377 arose from an operational review of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS), which was created to manage the ongoing stability of recycling systems as the volume of e-waste increases exponentially.
Focus of AS/NZS 5377
- Provide guidance and minimum requirements for: Collection, Storage, Transport, Recycling Facilities, Resource Recovery, Disposal of End-of-Life Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Diverting it from Landfill
- Develop, Implement and Maintain Management Processes
- Give Confidence to Parties and Stakeholders when Benchmarking Performance