Cop­ing with ex­cess of e-waste from shires

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Moira Shire Coun­cil has re­ceived $400 000 to fund the up­grade of its e-waste col­lec­tion and stor­age sites in Co­bram, Nathalia, Nu­murkah and Yar­ra­wonga.

The funds from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment sees 76 coun­cils re­ceive a share of $16.5 mil­lion to help man­age e-waste and keep it out of land­fill.

The money would also help coun­cil to safely store and col­lect in­creas­ing vol­umes of e-waste.

Moira Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Hen­der­son said the fund­ing was good news be­cause it al­lowed towns to con­tinue to dis­pose of e-waste ef­fec­tively.

‘‘We re­ally wel­come the fund­ing as it, along with fund­ing we re­cently re­ceived for build­ing ma­te­ri­als re­cy­cling, will take a big waste stream out of our land­fill and ex­tend its work­ing life,’’ he said.

‘‘E-waste is in­creas­ing all the time and has some com­po­nents that are both valu­able if re­cy­cled and un­suit­able for dis­posal to land­fill.’’

Mr Hen­der­son said while al­ready did a great job when it comes to waste man­age­ment, the funds would make it even eas­ier for them mov­ing for­ward.

‘‘It’s great to see these new projects com­ing through as it com­ple­ments the tre­men­dous ef­fort that Moira res­i­dents make to re­cy­cling and or­gan­ics sep­a­ra­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘We are still one of the best per­form­ing shires in Vic­to­ria when it comes to how in­di­vid­ual house­holds man­age waste prod­ucts.’’

The state-wide fund­ing would see 98 per cent of Vic­to­ri­ans have rea­son­able ac­cess to dropoff fa­cil­i­ties, ahead of the a ban on e-waste from July.

Coun­cils would re­ceive dis­carded elec­tron­ics, which would be stripped of com­po­nents for re­pro­cess­ing into new tech­nol­ogy or sold on the sec­ond­hand goods mar­ket.

The gov­ern­ment will pro­vide coun­cils with $790 000 to de­liver lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion cam­paigns.

E-waste was any­thing with a plug or a bat­tery which was at the end of its use­ful life — items such as mo­bile phones, com­put­ers, au­dio de­vices, white goods, hair dry­ers, TVs and heaters.

The amount of e-waste in Vic­to­ria is pro­jected to in­crease from 109 000 tonnes in 2015 to about 256 000 tonnes in 2035.

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