E-waste infrastructure grants

Overview

Round two of Sustainability Victoria’s (SV’s) E-waste Infrastructure Grants offered up to $2 million to build Victoria’s e-waste resource recovery sector.

Round two prioritises building reprocessing capability and capacity, and ensure collection and storage of e-waste is conducted to a high standard.

Grants of up to $500,000 were available for industry and local government and Waste and Resource Recovery Groups (WRRGs) seeking to invest in projects that increase recovery of e-waste materials and/or ensure the safe collection and storage of e-waste.

Full details of grants can be read below. Complete the online form at the end of this page to receive the guidelines and application documents.

Read our responses to interested parties who asked questions not addressed on this page or in the guidelines.

Timeline

  • 30 March 2020 – Applications close
  • August 2020 – Notification of outcome
  • August 2020 to November 2020 – Contracting
  • 31 March 2022 – Grant projects must be completed

Please note: Notification of outcome and contracting dates are indicative. 

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

Streams of funding

Applicants can choose from one of two streams of funding.

1. E-waste Reprocessing Grant

This grant is available for projects focused on increasing Victoria’s e-waste processing capacity and capability by delivering e-waste reprocessing solutions and/or upgrades to existing e-waste reprocessing facilities.

Sustainability Victoria (SV) will provide up to $500,000 to purchase and install equipment and/or upgrade infrastructure at existing e-waste reprocessing facilities.

Criteria

Projects that meet the following criteria will be considered by SV for funding:

  • Projects must address one or more of the below benefits:
    • build e-waste reprocessing capacity and capability in Victoria
    • improve the value of e-waste materials through better sorting and reprocessing of e-waste
    • increase recovered e-waste materials with secured end markets.
  • Align with the goals and directions in the SWRRIP and relevant regional and metropolitan waste and resource recovery infrastructure plan(s)
  • Be located in and servicing Victoria
  • Be completed by 31 March 2022.

This funding type is conditional on a minimum co-contribution model towards total project cost.

  • For applications by business/ industry, each $1 of our funding must be matched by a $2 co-contribution.
  • For applications by local government or WRRGS, each $1 of our funding must be matched by a $1 co-contribution.

2. E-waste Collection and Storage Grant

This grant is available for projects focused on ensuring collection and storage of e-waste is conducted to a high standard.

SV will provide funding of up to $100,000 for projects delivering fixed, semi-permanent e-waste infrastructure upgrades and alternate non-fixed collection and storage solutions (e.g. e-waste collection trailer).

Criteria

Projects that meet the following criteria will be considered by SV for funding:

  • Collection and storage projects must be designed and constructed in line with:
    • Key requirements of the AS/NZS 5377: 2013
    • All relevant building codes
    • All OH&S Act requirements including Section 28
    • All relevant EPA requirements
    • Any other relevant requirements that may not be listed.
  • Projects in identified geographical e-waste collection gaps including:
    • eastern suburbs of Melbourne
    • Warrnambool.
  • Other geographical locations with a demonstrated need. (i.e the percentage of population will gain access to a safe e-waste disposal).
  • Be located in and servicing Victoria
  • Be completed by 31 March 2022.

This funding type is conditional on a minimum co-contribution model towards total project cost.

  • For applications by business/ industry, each $1 of SV funding must be matched by a $2 co-contribution.
  • For applications by local government or WRRGS, each $1 of SV funding must be matched by a $1 co-contribution.

Please note: Notification of outcome and contracting dates are indicative.

Successful applicant requirements

Upon being awarded funding, successful applicants must:

  • deliver the project as outlined in their application
  • sign the SV funding agreement
  • monitor, evaluate and submit reports on the project progress as appropriate
  • provide update reports to SV at agreed milestones with evidence of expenditure
  • commit to collect and release data for up to five years post project completion
  • participate in project evaluation conducted by SV
  • participate, contribute to, share learnings and promote project successes that may be published
  • agree where identified to install promotional signage that shows the recipient’s infrastructure was upgraded by state government funding.

Supporting information

Information session

Background

The Victorian Government’s ban on the disposal of e-waste to landfill came into effect on 1 July 2019.

E-waste is growing three times faster than general waste in Australia. This stream of waste contains both hazardous materials, which can harm the environment and human health, and valuable materials, which are scarce and worth recovering.

Sustainability Victoria (SV), on behalf of the Victorian Government, is implementing the E-waste Infrastructure Grants offering $15 million of funding over two rounds. The aims of these grants are to:

  • provide support to build the capacity and capability of those managing e-waste
  • ensure that collection, storage and reprocessing of e-waste is conducted to a high standard.

Round one

Round 1 of the E-waste Infrastructure Grants committed to upgrading Victoria’s E-waste Collection Network (VECN). Funding was committed to delivering 123 upgrades to local government owned Transfer Stations and Resource Recovery Centres and 50 e-waste hubs across Victoria.

An independent review of the VECN was conducted to identify outcomes from the first round of E-Waste Infrastructure Grants and identify where further development of the e-waste collection network is required.

The review sited:

  • On completion of round one upgrades, over 98% of communities in both metropolitan and regional Victoria will have reasonable access (30-minute drive time) to a safe e-waste disposal point.
  • To assess the coverage of the VECN, this review provided an analysis of visible network gaps, identifying areas of Victoria that are servicing large populations and therefore may have constrained capacity at drop of sites.
  • There are still geographical gaps in the e-waste collection network. These gaps included Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and Warrnambool and that in these locations there is a high concentration of population being serviced by fewer sites.

Round two

Through the development of the e-waste collection network there has been an increased need to build reprocessing capacity and capability to safely manage the growing volumes of e-waste within Victoria.

Round two will prioritise building reprocessing capability and capacity; and ensure collection and storage of e-waste through investment in fixed, semi-permanent e-waste infrastructure upgrades and alternate non-fixed collection and storage solutions.

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1300 363 744

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