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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

CITY OF GREATER BENDIGO AWARDED $270,000 TO MANAGE E-WASTE

The Victorian Government has awarded the City of Greater Bendigo $270,000 funding to help manage the local community’s e-waste.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP announced the funding today at the Victorian Waste Education Conference in Bendigo.

The funding will support the development of three new facilities at Heathcote and Strathfieldsaye Transfer Stations and Eaglehawk Recovery sales yard. The Heathcote and Eaglehawk facilities will be used to collect and store e-waste prior to being transported to Strathfieldsaye Transfer Station for recycling and processing, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

The Victorian Government has invested $16.5 million to upgrade 130 e-waste collection and storage sites across Victoria to help them receive and safely manage increasing levels of e-waste.

The Victorian Waste Education Conference brings tother hundreds of educators from government, community and industry to learn about and share best practice behaviour change approaches to reduce waste and prevent litter.

The e-waste funding announcement supports the Victorian Government ban on e-waste from 1 July, 2019 and allows time for new infrastructure to be in place.

Recognising the importance of education, the infrastructure grants and ban will be supported by a state-wide education campaign to reach more people, and for those managing e-waste – particularly local councils – to prepare for the new arrangements.

E-waste can be described as anything with a plug or battery at the end of its useful life, including old mobile phones, computers, audio devices, white goods, hair driers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners.

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, visit: https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/eWaste/About-the-ewaste-program

“We’re working with local government to better manage e-waste to encourage safe management of hazardous materials and allow greater recovery of valuable materials.”

“Waste and resource recovery management is an essential service that benefits the Victorian community, environment and economy. Everything that we do in this space is underpinned by education – so the work of waste educators is invaluable.”

“The Victorian Waste Education Conference supports educators to design local and regional solutions to issues such as waste avoidance, resource recovery, litter and illegal dumping.”

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