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E-waste Infrastructure Support Program

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.

Applications now open – $15 million E-waste Infrastructure Grants

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:

Grant information sessions

In July 2018 grant information sessions will be held across Victoria. Representatives from SV will be available at these sessions to answer questions about the grants.

Information session dates and regions:

  • 13 July – Grampians Central West WRRG + Alpine Resorts
  • 16 July – Loddon Mallee WRRG
  • 17 July – Metro WRRG
  • 25 July – North East + Goulburn Valley WRRGs
  • 26 July – Barwon South West WRRG

Those with sites eligible for funding are encouraged to attend the session and can register by contacting SV’s Program Lead james.walters@sustainability.vic.gov.au 

Please register for a session no later than 2 weeks before your region’s session date.

$1.5 million Education and Awareness Campaign

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.

Victorian Government e-waste landfill ban progress and next steps

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

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Grants Support Representative

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au