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Coping with excess of e-waste from shires

By Cobram Courier

Moira Shire Council has received $400000 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 $16.5million 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 drop-off 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 second-hand goods market.

The government will provide councils with $790000 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 109000 tonnes in 2015 to about 256000 tonnes in 2035.

●For information, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/eWaste/About-the-ewaste-program