Gov­ern­ment fund­ing will go to (e-)waste

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

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

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