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Ley Orders Solar Industry To Clean Up Its Act

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has given the solar industry less than 12 months to finalise a nationwide solar panel recycling scheme.

The current lack of an industry-wide approach to the problem meant that Australia’s world-leading solar success story loomed as a landfill nightmare, Ley said.

Solar panels have languished on the Government’s priority list for six years and it is time for the industry to step up and address the issue of waste either stockpiling or ending up in landfill, she noted.

Ley said 2700 tonnes of photovoltaic (PV) waste was generated in Australia in 2018 as early panels reached their end of life with 1,532,000 tonnes of PV waste expected to be generated by 2050.

Ley wants an industry wide solar panel recycling scheme implemented by 2022.

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