Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    WA Government invests $1 million in initiatives to divert 1,000 tonnes of e-waste from landfill

    21/01/2021 10:05 AM
     
    • WA Government invests $1 million in nine e-waste recycling initiatives
    • WasteSorted e-Waste Grants from the New Industries Fund will support job creation in the recycling industry

    The McGowan Government has invested $1 million in nine initiatives which when fully implemented, will divert approximately 1,000 tonnes of e-waste annually from landfill in Western Australia.

     

    Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced the recipients of the WasteSorted e-Waste grants program which is funded from the New Industries Fund.

     

    Combined funding of $600,000 was allocated to Curtin University, CSIRO and Epichem for research and development programs that will support new and innovative solutions to process collected e-waste and reduce the amount of e-waste ending up in landfill.

     

    A further $400,000 of combined funding was allocated to Total Green Recycling, Marlpa Waste Logistics, Shire of East Pilbara, City of Rockingham, Western Australian Local Government Association, and the City of Bunbury to enable an increase in the volume and range of e-waste collected for recycling.

     

    The WasteSorted e-Waste grants support the WA Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 objectives - to avoid waste, recover more value and resources from waste, and protect the environment from the impacts of waste.

     

    The $16.7 million New Industries Fund was established to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses to diversify the Western Australian economy and create new WA jobs.

     

    For more information about the grants, please visit the Waste Authority website:

    https://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/programs/view/wsg-e-waste-202021

     

    Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly:

     

    "The McGowan Government continues to demonstrate that we can establish a greener future and grow the economy at the same time.

     

    "The nine initiatives funded through the WasteSorted e-Waste Grants will not only divert hundreds of tonnes of recyclable waste from ending up in land fill, but will also create jobs for Western Australians.

     

    "I would like to congratulate all nine initiatives funded through this program, and thank them for their work in creating a cleaner future for us all.

     

    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to tackling waste issues and we have already made fantastic progress with a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags and the container deposit scheme.

     

    "Tackling e-waste - which is one of the fastest growing waste streams - is a challenge for governments globally and so we're proud to see Western Australian businesses, local governments and authorities rise to the challenge.

     

    "This initiative saw over 50 applicants, indicating the growing interest in WA's recycling industry which will continue to expand in years to come.

     

    "The selected projects will support the recovery of high value material, while diverting materials which may have presented risks to human health and the environment if not disposed of appropriately."

     

    Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100

    Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800

     

    Stream 1 - Innovative Processes

    Company NameTitle of ProjectBriefFunding provided
    Curtin University

    Mini plant recycling and metal recovery from waste printed circuit boards and integrated circuits

     

    The project aims to develop a scalable process to recover valuable precious and base metals and remove toxic metals from e-waste using a safe and benign leaching system.  $200,000
    CSIROMetal recovery from e-waste through innovative biotechnologyThe project aims to develop innovative bioprocesses for extracting precious and base metals from e-waste through a laboratory-scale prototype.  $200,000
    EpichemOxidative Hydrothermal Dissolution of E-Waste: Conversion to Useful End Products and Recovering Valuable and Critical MetalsThe project will test the use of oxidative hydrothermal dissolution (OHD) to breakdown e-waste to produce a range of useful and high value chemicals.  $200,000
      TOTAL $600,000

     

    Stream 2 - Collection

    Company NameTitle of ProjectBriefFunding provided
    Total Green Recycling Pty LtdMobile Re-use and Data Destruction CentreThe pilot project aims to develop a mobile containerised solution offering data destruction and re-use options for WA's unwanted IT that will be available for use at collection events. 

    $80,000

     

    Karratha Skip Bin Hire Pty Ltd trading as Marlpa Waste LogisticsMarlpa e-waste collectionMarlpa Waste Logistics will provide a sustainable e-waste collection system for the Marlpa (Pilbara) region.  $80,000
    Shire of East PilbaraEast Pilbara E-waste Collection and Recycling  The project will provide a permanent e-waste recycling station in the regional towns of Newman, Marble Bar and Nullagine. $40,000
    City of RockinghamE-waste recycling and reuse program (ERRP) - Millar Road Landfill Facility (MRLF)The project is proposing to implement an e-waste collection and recycling program at the Millar Road Landfill Facility (MRLF).$80,000
    Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)Electronic Waste Drop off days - Non Metropolitan RegionThis project is proposing at least eight e-waste drop off day events to be hosted across the non-metro region. $80,000
    City of BunburyPermanent Drop Off Location Upgrade - E-WasteThis project proposes to add a permanent, all-encompassing e-waste drop off location to its upgraded Bunbury - McCombe Road Waste Recycling Centre. $40,000
      TOTAL$400,000