The Victorian Government is banning e-waste (electronic waste) going to landfill as of 1 July 2019, which means you can no longer place it in your garbage bin.
E-waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream. In 2016, 44.7 million tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide and only about 20 per cent was recycled. Over the coming years, the amount of global e-waste is expected to increase to 52.2 million tonnes in 2021.
What is e-waste?
E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted such as:
- Large appliances like fridges.
- Small appliances like toasters and blenders.
- IT, telecommunications and TV equipment like computers, printers and cables.
- Lighting equipment like fluorescent lamps.
- Electrical and electronic tools like drills and sewing machines.
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment like hand held video games and battery operated toys
Why should it be recycled?
Most e-waste contains hazardous materials such as heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium which should be kept out of landfill. These items also contain valuable materials which can be recycled and reused.
Where can I recycle my e-waste?
Council hard waste collection service
Residents with a Council residential waste service can use the hard waste collection service. You can book a hard waste collection online.
We are holding our next free e-waste drop off day on Saturday 21 September 2019. For further information and to make a booking, visit the E-Waste Drop Off Day page.
Local Transfer Stations
There are several transfer stations in our neighbouring Councils that will take e-waste. Visit the local transfer stations page for a list of nearby transfer stations and their contact details.
Other recycling centres
You can find other drop off locations on the Recycling Near You website.