A range of e-waste initiatives have been announced today by the State Government.
E-waste is any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted.
WasteSorted Grants – e-waste 2020–21 is a State Government initiative funded by the New Industries Fund (NIF) and administered by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation in partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. The NIF is a $16.7 million investment over four years to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses.
As reliance on technology increases, e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams. The global volume of e-waste has grown by 21 per cent over the past five years, and in 2019 the UN estimated up to US$57 billion of gold, silver, copper, palladium and other high-value materials were discarded annually as e-waste.
WasteSorted Grants – e-waste 2020–21 will provide funding up to $900,000 for:
Stream 1: Innovative processes (up to $200,000 per project)
Stream 2: Collection (maximum $80,000, up to $40,000 per project, per annum for two years)
The objectives of the grants align with the priorities of both the NIF and the Waste avoidance and resource recovery strategy 2030.
Stream 1 aims to support:
the growth of the recycling industry, technologies and jobs to address the growing local need to reduce the amount of e-waste going to landfill
the recovery of more value and resources from e-waste and the protection of the environment by responsible e-waste management.
Stream 2 aims to:
increase the volume of e-waste being recycled in Western Australia, which will support job creation in the recycling industry.
Applications are open
Applications are now open and close 12 noon AWST, Monday 16 November.
No late applications will be considered.
An information webinar will be held on 29 October 2020 at 10 am.
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