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Vic government invests $2 million in funding to strengthen e-waste sector

Up to $2 million is being made available in the latest round of Sustainability Victoria’s (SV) E-waste Infrastructure Grants by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio. This is part of the $16.5m funding from the state government. This fund will increase Victoria’s ability to manage e-waste and continue to expand public access to e-waste disposal points.

“We’re supporting local councils and industry to keep potentially toxic e-waste out of landfill,” D’Ambrosio said.

The state government has been investing to strengthen the e-waste sector and raise public awareness about how to dispose of e-waste correctly.

The e-waste to landfill ban has been implemented in Victoria since July 1, 2019. The state government’s ban has 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 by the state government.

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.

“With e-waste growing three times faster than standard municipal waste, it is vital we build a strong Victorian e-waste sector that our community trusts to deliver safe and secure management of e-waste,” CEO Sustainability Victoria, Claire Ferres Miles said in a  statement.