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.
In April 2018 Sustainability Victoria opened Round 1 of the E-waste Infrastructure Support Program. Local government and state government entities with sites listed in the Victorian E-waste Collection Network (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:
Round 1 Grants closed Friday 14 September 2018.
There was a high level of response to Round 1 funding, with proposals received from over 98 per cent of eligible sites identified in the VECN.
121 projects based in metro, rural and regional Victoria will receive a share of $10.6 million to support infrastructure for the collection of e-waste.
Please note: As the e-waste infrastructure upgrades are currently in progress, your local facility may not yet be able to accept your e-waste for recycling. Please contact your local council to discuss recycling in your community.
A complete site list with funding details is also available.
In 2018 Sustainability Victoria conducted a detailed state-wide assessment of Victoria’s current e-waste infrastructure and identified the 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 the 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:
This collection of posters can be used to optimise resource recovery centre design. The posters have been developed using the relevant Australian Standards and colour coding to provide a consistent approach to help users drop off materials in dedicated areas.
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, visit 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
|Round 1 E-waste Infrastructure Grants close||Friday 14 September 2018|
Round 1 E-waste Infrastructure Grants announced 121 sites, $10.6 million
|E-waste Infrastructure building commences
||Late 2018 / early 2019
|E-waste ban to landfill takes effect||1 July 2019|