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Publications archive - Waste and recycling


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Computer and Peripherals Material Project

Prepared by Meinhardt Infrastructure & Environment Group
for Environment Australia
October 2001
ISBN 0642547734


ABS Acrylonitrile butadiene styreneAustralian Bureau of Statistics
AEEMA Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association
AIIA Australian Information Industry Association
ANZECC Australian and New Zealand Environment Conservation Council
APME Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe
ATH Aluminium trihydrate
BIOS Basic input/output system
CD Compact disc
CD-ROM Compact disc - read only memory
CFC Chlorofluorocarbon
CPU Central processing unit
CRT Cathode ray tube
DfE Design for Environment
Frit Glass solder used to join the faceplate and funnel sections in a cathode ray tube
HCFC Hydrochlorofluorocarbon
HDPE High density polyethylene
HIPS High impact polystyrene
IC Integrated circuit
ICER Industry Council on Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycling
ICT Information and communication technology
IDEALS Improved Design Life and Environmentally Aware Manufacturing of Electronic Assemblies by Lead-Free Soldering
JEA Japan Environment Association
LAN Local area network
LCA Life cycle analysis
LCD Liquid crystal display
LED Light emitting diodes
Li Lithium ion
MDH Magnesium dihydrate
MOEA Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
NED New equipment distributor
NEPM National Environment Protection Measure
NiCd Nickel cadmium
NiMH Nickel metal hydride
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OEM Original equipment manufacturer
OH&S Occupational health and safety
PBB Polybrominated biphenyl
PBBE Polybrominated biphenyl ether
PBDE Polybrominated diphenyl ether
PC Personal computerPolycarbonate
PCB Printed circuit board
PPE Polyphenylene ether
PPO Polyphenylene oxide (a PPE/HIPS blend)
PP/SEBS Polypropylene / styrene-ethylene-butene-styrene
PVC Polyvinylchloride
RAM Random access memory
ROM Read only memory
SCBO Stichting Computerbemiddeling Onderwijs (Computers for Classrooms)
SCC Specific Contaminant Concentration
TBBA Tetrabromobisophenol-A
TCLP Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure
UTP Un-twisted pair
VOCs Volatile organic compounds
WEEE Waste electrical and electronic equipment
XLPE Cross-linked polyethylene