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. This work is to support the upcoming ban on e-waste in landfills in mid-2019.

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‘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.

$15 million e-waste Infrastructure Grants

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:

  • support infrastructure upgrades to provide reasonable access for 98 per cent of Victorians across metropolitan and regional areas 
  • upgrade more than 130 e-waste collection sites
  • increase local government’s capacity and capability to safely collect and store the increasing volumes of e-waste in Victoria.

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Cover of the Victorian E-waste Infrastructure Network Assessment Report (VEINAR)

Victorian E-waste Infrastructure Network Assessment Report

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).

For further information please contact SV’s Program Lead stephanie.grey@sustainability.vic.gov.au 

$1.5 million Education and Awareness Campaign

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.

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 Friday 14 September 2018
E-waste Infrastructure building commences
Late 2018 / early 2019
 
E-waste ban to landfill takes 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