First round of grants open for federal product stewardship scheme

The first round for grants worth between $300,000 and $1 million under the federal Product Stewardship Investment Fund is open, focussing on e-waste.
According to the federal government, the $14 million round would help manufacturers and other organisations beef up programs dealing with products such as old computers and mobile phones. It is open to existing or new schemes.
Environment minister Sussan Ley said part of the investment “will recognise those industries that get on board and call out those that don’t participate.”
Applications are open until August 21 and more information can be found here.
On Thursday, the federal government also released its review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011, declaring support for 26 recommendations including.
  • establishing a new Centre of Excellence to mentor and drive best practice product stewardship schemes across the nation
  • broadening the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme to include all electrical and electronic products (e-waste), so that all consumer products with a plug or battery can be recycled
  • shifting the emphasis from stand-alone products to entire material streams
  • reducing the costs and improving the benefits of scheme accreditation so consumers have confidence in their recycling
  • strengthening the Minister’s priority products list to encourage brands to work together towards an industry-led scheme by adding clear timeframes
  • calling out those letting consumers and their industry down by not participating in a scheme.



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