Funds boost for e-waste collection

By Esther Lauaki

Moorabool council will receive $100,000 to upgrade the e-waste collection and storage site at its Bacchus Marsh transfer station.

The council is one of 76 to receive a share in $16.5 million to help manage Victoria’s e-waste and keep it out of landfill.

The statewide funding aims to provide all Victorians reasonable access to drop-off facilities, ahead of a ban on e-waste from July next year.

Western Victoria MP Jaala Pulford said the program will help reduce the volume of electronic equipment ending up in landfill.

“This funding will ensure Victoria has one of the best e-waste collection infrastructure networks in the country and we’re delivering on our promise
to maximise recycling,” Ms Pulford said.

“We’re giving local councils like Moorabool Shire the support they need to recycle growing volumes of e-waste materials.”

With the state funding, council transfer stations 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.

E-waste can be described as anything with a plug or a battery that is at the end of its useful life and includes everything from old mobile phones, computers, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair dryers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners.