E-waste infrastructure grants

Last updated: 18 February 2021

The Victorian Government banned the disposal of e-waste to landfill on 1 July 2019.

E-waste is growing three times faster than general waste in Australia. This stream of waste contains hazardous materials which can harm the environment and human health. It also contains valuable materials such as copper, silver, gold and aluminium which are scarce and worth recovering.

We are facilitating $15 million of funding via two rounds of the E-waste Infrastructure Grants that aim 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.

Both rounds are now closed.

Round two: Safely managing Victoria’s e-waste

With the development of Victoria’s E-waste Collection Network (VECN), there has been an increased need to build reprocessing capacity and capability to safely manage the growing volumes of Victoria’s e-waste.

Round two prioritises building e-waste reprocessing capacity and addressing remaining gaps in the VECN. It comprises two streams of grants:

  • Reprocessing Grants
  • Collection and Storage Grants

In this round, 11 organisations were awarded $1.7 million in total.

Round two closed on 30 March 2020 and recipients were announced in October 2020.

Grant recipients – Reprocessing Grants

EWastec Pty Ltd

Ewastec Pty Ltd will invest in new equipment to manage the increasing volume of mixed e-waste feedstock for recycling.
Resource Pty Ltd

Funding: $68,000

Resource Pty Ltd

Resource Pty Lt will invest in a new reprocessing plant and will develop a solution to process the increasing volume of e-waste.
Scipher Technologies Pty Ltd

Funding: $500,000

Scipher Technologies Pty Ltd

Scipher Technologies Pty Ltd will invest in a new multi-sensor sorting system and conveying tracks.
WeCollect Pty Ltd

Funding: $395,000

WeCollect Pty Ltd

We Collect Pty Ltd will invest in a new plastics extrusion plant to recycle e-waste plastics into value-added landscaping products.

Funding: $302,432

Grant recipients – Collection and Storage Grants

EWastec Pty Ltd

Ewastec Pty Ltd will invest in three new shelters to manage increasing volumes of mixed e-waste feedstock for reprocessing.

Funding: $58,528

Loddon Shire Council

Loddon Shire Council will construct a shed in line with AS/NZS 5377:2013 for the collection and storage of e-waste materials at Pyramid Hill landfill.

Funding: $25,000

Loddon Shire Council

Loddon Shire Council will construct a shed in line with AS/NZS 5377:2013 for the collection and storage of e-waste materials at Wedderburn transfer station.

Funding: $25,000

Melbourne City Council

Melbourne City Council will create three new e-waste drop-off points for residents and small businesses disposing small e-waste items.

Funding: $10,000

South Gippsland Shire Council

South Gippsland Shire Council will provide semi-permanent infrastructure for the collection and storage of e-waste.

Funding: $42,040

Southern Grampians Shire Council

Southern Grampians Shire Council will invest in seven e-waste drop-off points, so that residents living in northern, eastern and western suburbs of the area can have safe and reasonable access to them.

Funding: $16,705

Wellington Shire Council

Wellington Shire Council will upgrade two e-waste drop-off points, so that residents can have safe and reasonable access to them.

Funding: $19,603

Round one: Upgrading the e-waste collection network

This round committed to upgrading Victoria’s E-waste Collection Network (VECN). Funding delivered 123 upgrades to local government owned transfer stations and resource recovery centres and 50 e-waste hubs across Victoria.

An independent review of round one was conducted and found:

  • 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-off 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.

View round 1 e-waste infrastructure grant locations

E-waste landfill ban timeline

Public consultation on the preferred e-waste policy package Wednesday 31 January 2018
Support program (grants and campaign) announced Monday 30 April 2018
Education campaign begins Saturday 30 June 2018
Round one grants awarded, construction begins Monday 31 December 2018
Landfill ban takes effect Monday 1 July 2019
Round two announced Wednesday 12 February 2020
Round two funding awarded and projects commenced Tuesday 30 June 2020
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Program ends Thursday 31 March 2022