The Victorian Government is investing $16.5 million to upgrade e-waste collection and storage facilities across the state and to deliver an education campaign to support the ban on e-waste in landfills.
On 26 April 2018, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio announced more than 130 e-waste collection sites will be upgraded across Victoria following a comprehensive review of collection and storage infrastructure. View the media release.
The E-Waste Infrastructure Grants, valued at $15 million, are currently available to support infrastructure upgrades that will provide reasonable access for 98% of Victorians across metropolitan and regional areas.
A $1.5 million education and awareness campaign to educate Victorians about e-waste is currently being developed and due to commence in mid-2018.
‘E-waste’ describes electrical or electronic equipment with a power cord or battery and its parts that have been discarded by the owner as waste without the intention of re-use. It contains both hazardous materials, which can harm the environment and human health, and valuable materials, which are scarce and worth recovering.
Grants are available to increase local government’s capacity and capability to safely collect and store the increasing volumes of e-waste in Victoria. These grants will establish one of the best e-waste collection networks in Australia.
Local government and state government entities with sites listed in the Victorian E-waste Collection Network (VECN) can now submit proposals for grants of up to $100,000 to complete infrastructure upgrades.
Please review and complete the relevant documentation to submit your proposals by 3pm, Friday 14 September 2018:
An information session for grant applicants will be held at 9am–12noon, Friday 1 June via Skype.
Representatives from DELWP, EPA and SV will be available at this session to answer questions about the grants.
Those with sites eligible for funding are encouraged to attend this session and can register by contacting SV’s Program Lead
email@example.com by 5pm, Wednesday 30 May.
The education and awareness campaign aims to foster new behaviours in managing e-waste in Victoria. It will have an emphasis on building knowledge about what e-waste is, as well as focusing on the environmental benefits of either recycling electronic items, repairing or donating them.
The campaign will use the SV website and media channels to provide clear information about where unwanted electronic and electrical goods can be taken.
|Key milestone||Anticipated timeframe||Completed|
|Public consultation on the preferred e-waste policy package||September 2017–January 2018|
|E-waste Infrastructure Support Program (grants and campaign) announced||26 April 2018|
|$1.5 million awareness campaign commences||Mid-2018|
|$15 million E-waste Infrastructure Grants close||3pm, Friday 14 September 2018|
|Regulatory components take effect||1 July 2019|
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