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Prepared in association with Centre for Design at RMIT and Product Ecology Pty Ltd
Department of the Environment and Heritage, January, 2004
The following methodology was used in conducting this project.
An inception meeting was held with the Steering Committee, the project consultants RMIT Centre for Design and Nolan-ITU. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the overall management of the project and identify the key stakeholders involved. The key stakeholders were then contacted initially by letter and informed that the study was being conducted, making them aware of the scope and limitations of the study and to seek their input to the process.
A desktop review was undertaken to bring together all of the data collected to date on EEP waste, particularly computer and television waste generated by both businesses and residents within Australia. At this stage of the project an audit of current infrastructure was conducted. Current drop-off, recovery and recycling programs were identified through research and discussions with industry contacts and stakeholders.
Key stakeholders were interviewed to ascertain their views on barriers and strategic options.
On the basis of the data review, audit and stakeholder interviews, a series of strategic options were developed for collection and recycling of priority waste streams.
The multi-criteria analysis was used to determine which options are most feasible. The options were then ranked according to the scores achieved during this analysis. Factors taken into consideration included economic feasibility, practicality, stakeholder acceptance, consumer acceptance, funding required, management required and the overall effectiveness in diverting electrical and electronic products from landfill.
An analysis of the risks associated with each possible option was undertaken. The main risks assessed relate to whether the proposed option has a good chance of succeeding, given economic, attitudinal and regulatory constraints which may be beyond the ability of industry or Governments to change.
The likely level of Local Government, State Government and industry support and resources available to implement programs was also taken into account in the analysis.
On the basis of the multi-criteria and risk analysis, a number of preferred models were further developed. At this stage, more detailed proposals were developed, taking into account a range of operational issues such as:
The outcomes of this phase of the project were presented as an Issues Paper to the Steering Committee and as a basis for consultation with stakeholders.
A one-day workshop was held to discuss the Issues Paper with stakeholders with the aim of "testing" the preferred models and achieving consensus about the way forward.
The focus group proposed included a broad cross section of the community (by age, sex and occupation). While not intended to be representative, it provided an indication of the level of acceptance each model will have in the community and issues or barriers that may not have been considered.
The preferred models were refined on the basis of feedback and input gained through the industry workshop and community focus group. This will help to ensure stakeholders acceptance and support of the final models presented to The Department of the Environment and Heritage .
A draft report, consolidating the desktop review, stakeholder consultation, broad strategy and preferred options into a single comprehensive document has prepared and submitted for review and comments.
A final report will be prepared shortly for consideration by the steering committee and subsequent release for discussion.