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Sustainability practices to disrupt e-waste supply chain

  • Posted on Thursday 13th, February 2020.

The Victorian Government is strengthening the state's collection, storage and reprocessing of electronic goods so valuable resources including precious metals and plastics can be repurposed.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, has announced up to $2 million in grants are available to local councils and industry to improve e-waste infrastructure across the state.

This new round of funding will focus on building e-waste reprocessing capability and capacity, while continuing to ensure the collection of e-waste is conducted to the highest standard.

The Labor Government introduced a ban on e-waste to landfill in July 2019 to pave the way for electronic items to be safely disposed of and reduce the harm these items have on the environment and human health.

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.

Any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted is considered e-waste. It is reported to be the fastest-growing type of waste worldwide with most electronic devices such as phones, computers, TVs and whitegoods ending up in landfill.

To support the ban, the Labor Government has invested $16.5 million to upgrade e-waste collection sites across Victoria and raise public awareness about how to dispose of e-waste correctly.

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