$16 million for e-waste mitigation

The Victorian Government has announced it has awarded 76 councils over $16 million to help manage Victoria’s e-waste production, and to divert it from landfill.

State Minister for the Environment Lily D’Ambrosio said that the funding boost will contribute towards upgrading over 130 e-waste collection and storage sites and helping local councils safely store and collect the increasing volumes of e-waste across Victoria.

“This funding will ensure Victoria has one of best e-waste collection infrastructure networks in the country,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“We’re delivering on our promise to maximise recycling and minimise the damage e-waste has on our environment.”

The funding will result in 98 per cent of Victorians having reasonable access to drop off facilities, which comes ahead of the total ban on e-waste coming in to effect in July next year.

Councils will be equipped to receive discarded electronics, which will be stripped of components for reprocessing into new technology or sold on the second-hand goods market.

The upgrades will ensure 98 per cent of Victorians in metropolitan areas will be within a 20-minute drive of an e-waste disposal point, and 98 per cent of Victorians in regional areas will be within a 30-minute drive of an e-waste disposal point.

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