Government funding will go to (e-)waste
CAMPASPE Shire is among 76 councils set to receive a share in $16.5 million state government funding to help manage Victoria’s e-waste and keep it out of landfill.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp announced Campaspe Shire Council will receive $334,350 to fund the upgrade of its e-waste collection and storage sites in Echuca, Mt Scobie, Rochester and Rushworth.
The money will also help council safely store and collect the increasing volumes of e-waste.
The statewide funding will result in 98 per cent of Victorians having reasonable access to drop off facilities, ahead of the Labor Government’s ban on e-waste coming into 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 secondhand goods market.
To help residents prepare for the ban, the Labor Government is also providing councils with $790,000 to deliver local education campaigns.
Applications will open in November for councils to apply for up to $10,000 in funding.
E-waste is anything with a plug or a battery at the end of its useful life.
The amount of e-waste generated in Victoria is projected to increase from 109,000 tonnes in 2015 to approximately 256,000 tonnes in 2035.
For more information sustainability.vic.gov.au/ Campaigns/eWaste/About-theewaste-program visit