Ensuring Victoria's e-waste doesn't end up in landfill

Published: 27 October 2020

The Victorian Government will invest $1.7 million to improve the recovery and collection of e-waste across the state.

E-waste is the fastest-growing type of waste worldwide. Phones, computers, TVs, whitegoods and other electronic goods often end up in landfill. Round two of our e-waste infrastructure grants is ensuring valuable resources from these discarded electronic goods don’t go to waste.

This investment will support improvements to the sector, creating 37 new jobs, diverting 6,600 tonnes of e-plastics from landfill and increasing e-waste reprocessing capacity by an additional 13,250 tonnes annually – the equivalent to over 900,000 LCD TVs.

Round two continues to expand the Victorian E-waste Collection Network (VECN), increasing the number of safe e-waste disposal points for Victorians with an additional 12 sites in regional areas, and 3 sites in metro areas.

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About the funding

The Victorian Government implemented the e-waste to landfill ban 1 July 2019. The ban aims to reduce the harm e-waste in landfill poses to human health and the environment, as well as recovering more precious materials. E-waste is defined as any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted.

The ban means e-waste items are prohibited from being placed in household bins and instead must be taken to an e-waste drop-off point.

This round of funding is a part of the State Government’s $16.5 million investment to strengthen the e-waste sector and raise public awareness about how to dispose of e-waste correctly.

Victoria’s transition to a circular economy

In February 2020, the Victorian Government released the Recycling Victoria policy, a 10-year, $300 million-investment to transform our recycling sector, reduce waste, create jobs and set up Victoria for a more sustainable future.

Read about Victoria’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria.

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