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September 27th, 2009
A waste management expert says Australia is lagging behind other countries on the issue of disposal of electronic waste.
Sunil Herat from Griffith University says Australia needs national regulations for disposal of old computers, mobile phones and other recent technology.
Dr Herat will present his findings to a Cleanup 09 conference in Adelaide today.
He says almost 15 million electronic products reached landfill last year and allowed dangerous materials to end up close to ground water.
"Unfortunately we are very, very behind on that compared to Europe where things have been in place for some time now," he said.
"We need a lot of catching up to do."
Environmental scientists at the conference will discuss how to deal with new forms of pollution, exploring the use of nano-particles and their threat to the environment.
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