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The E-waste Infrastructure Support Program administers grants to help local governments to upgrade e-waste collection and storage facilities across Victoria.
The program will help prepare the state’s e-waste infrastructure for the upcoming ban on e-waste in landfills in mid-2019. The first round of funding was awarded in late 2018 and the next round will open in mid-2019.
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,as it prepares to ban all e-waste from landfill as of 1 July 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.
Funding for round one is now closed. A second round of funding is due to open in mid-2019.
In 2018, Sustainability Victoria assessed Victoria’s current e-waste infrastructure, identifying sites that could be upgraded to create an e-waste collection network offering reasonable access to all Victorians.
In April 2018, local government and state government entities with sites listed in the VECN were invited to submit proposals for grants of up to $100,000 to upgrade or build sites to safely collect and store e-waste.
These grants will give Victoria one of the best e-waste collection networks in Australia and will:
The first round of funding was announced in October 2018 and new buildings and upgrades are already underway. Many sites will be completed by 1 July 2019 when the e-waste to landfill ban comes into force. Others will be finished over the following year.
More than 98 per cent of eligible sites identified in the VECN applied for funding and 121 projects are being funded across Victoria.
Please note: E-waste infrastructure upgrades are still in progress and local facilities may not be ready to accept e-waste for recycling. Please contact your local council to discuss recycling in your community.
In July 2018, Sustainability Victoria launched phase one of a $1.5 million education campaign supporting Victorians to ‘Take your e-waste to a better place.’
The campaign was developed from insights gained from social research into e-waste recycling behaviours and focuses on building awareness of the value of recycling e-waste and the range of recycling options available. It features a new website – ewaste.vic.gov.au, campaign resources such as posters and brochures, a campaign video showcasing the valuable materials inside our electronics and social media and digital advertising.
Phase two of the campaign will be launched in April 2019 in the lead up to the 1 July 2019 ban.
Local governments were invited to apply for $10,000 to roll out the e-waste campaign locally, with activities such as information sessions, community displays and community based e-waste drop off bins for small items.
This grant program opened in November 2018 and closed in January 2019. Sustainability Victoria is working towards awarding grants to successful applicants.
Funding goes directly to all metropolitan councils and will be managed via Waste and Resource Recovery Groups for regional councils.
|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 education campaign implementation support grants open
||26 October 2018|
|E-waste education campaign implementation support grants close||4 January 2019|
|E-waste ban to landfill takes effect||1 July 2019|
|E-waste education campaign implementation support grants activities to be completed
||30 September 2019|
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.