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. For information on how to book a collection refer to hard waste booking.
We hold an e-waste collection event in March/April every year. Disposal of e-waste is free for Manningham residents.
Local Transfer Stations
There are several transfer stations in our neighboring Councils that will take e-waste. For a list of nearby transfer stations and their contact details, refer to local transfer stations.
Other recycling centres
For other drop off locations refer to Recycling Near You.