The Western Australian Government has launched a new WasteSorted e-waste grants program.
The program will be funded through the $16.7 million New Industries Fund, which was established to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses, diversify the Western Australian economy and create new jobs.
Grants of up to $200,000 are available for businesses to fund research and development of innovative processes to recycle and reuse e-waste.
For organisations, including local governments, looking to increase the volume of e-waste collected for recycling, grants of up to $80,000 are available.
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 $57 billion USD worth of gold, silver, copper, palladium and other high value materials were discarded annually as e-waste.
“As technology rapidly evolves, we need to develop better ways to recycle old technology so those resources don’t end up in landfill,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.
“The WasteSorted e-waste grants are aimed at developing better ways to deal with the issue, so we can recycle this waste in WA, supporting WA Waste Strategy objectives including material recovery, environmental protection and progress towards a more circular economy.”
Dawson added that the grants complement national action and 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.
In addition to the grants, WA’s Waste Authority business plan includes $150,000 for e-waste research to further increase the state’s e-waste recycling rates.
Applications for WasteSorted e-waste grants close 16 November.