WA e-waste scheme gets $1.5m boost

The Western Australian Government has given the state's Transitional E-Waste program a funding boost to subsidise e-waste recycling and disposal.

The Western Australian Government has given the state's Transitional E-Waste program a funding boost to subsidise e-waste recycling and disposal.

"Australians are among the fastest adopters of new technology in the world, State Environment Minister Bill Marmion said.

He pointed out that e-waste was growing three times faster than any other waste strategy and that the implementation of the Federal Government's proposed scheme could take a while to get going.

"The government is providing $1.5 million now to subsidise up to 50 per cent of e-waste disposal costs for metropolitan depots and up to 50 per cent of disposal and transport costs for non-metropolitan depots," he said, adding that electrical retailers can also apply for funding to hold one-off collection days.

"Anything we can do to remove such items from the waste stream is important and this will make a real difference in how we dispose of e-waste in the metropolitan area."