From 1 July, e-waste – or electronic waste – will no longer be accepted in kerbside bins or landfills in Victoria.
From 1 July, you must take your e-waste to a transfer station in Anglesea, Lorne or Winchelsea where it will be accepted free of charge. From here it will be collected and pulled apart so that valuable components can be retrieved, and hazardous materials removed.
What is e-waste?
E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted. This waste is growing three times faster than the rate of other types of municipal waste, and these items contain many potentially hazardous and valuable materials that will now be diverted from landfill.
- Household items
Fridges, microwaves, irons, kettles, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, electric fans
- TV and telecommunications equipment
Computers, tablets and accessories, printers, mobile phones and televisions
- Electrical items
Power tools, leaf blowers, electronic lawnmowers and sewing machines
- Toys, leisure and sporting equipment
Handheld video games and consoles, musical equipment, radios, remote control toys and any toys that take batteries.
LEDs and fluorescent lamps
What will happen to the e-waste?
E-waste will be collected and taken apart so that valuable components can be retrieved and hazardous materials removed. It will not end up in landfill.
Why the change?
This is a state-wide initiative aimed at reducing valuable materials ending up in landfill. The goal is a closed loop system, where a new product is made from fully recovered components, rather than raw materials.
For more information
About council’s e-waste drop-off points
About e-waste items and the ban