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. This work is to support the upcoming ban on e-waste in landfills in mid-2019.
‘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 are now closed for the $15 million e-waste Infrastructure Grants.
In 2018 Sustainability Victoria conducted a detailed state-wide assessment of Victoria’s current e-waste infrastructure and identified the Victorian E-waste Collection Network (VECN). The results of this assessment are detailed in the Victorian E-waste Infrastructure Network Assessment Report (VEINAR).
The VECN was established by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local government and waste and resource recovery groups to identify priority infrastructure sites for upgrade to support the upcoming e-waste to landfill ban. The network of infrastructure is for collection and storage of e-waste that will provide Victorians with reasonable access to sites to dispose of their e-waste, of an agreed standard.
Local government and state government entities with sites listed in the VECN were invited to submit proposal for grants of up to $100,000 to complete infrastructure upgrades. The grants will establish one of the best e-waste collection networks in Australia and will:
For further information please contact SV’s Program Lead email@example.com
The education and awareness campaign aims to foster new behaviours in managing e-waste in Victoria. It has an emphasis on building knowledge about what e-waste is, as well as providing clear information about where unwanted electronic and electrical goods can be taken.
For more information, vist the e-waste website.
|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||Friday 14 September 2018|
|E-waste Infrastructure building commences
||Late 2018 / early 2019
|E-waste ban to landfill takes effect||1 July 2019|