Take your e-waste to a better place

Mayor of Hume City, Councillor Carly Moore reminded the community that e-waste, which is any item with a plug, battery or cord, that is no longer working or wanted cannot go to landfill from 1 July.  

The e-waste to landfill ban was introduced by the Victorian Government because our e-waste contains valuable materials that can be safely recovered and reused.

 “What that means is you can no longer put these items in kerbside bins and must instead take them to a designated e-waste drop-off point, including our Resource Recovery Centres.”

“This includes items such as computers, mobile phones, microwaves, printers, televisions, heaters, gaming consoles and much more,” Cr Moore said.

Removing these products from landfill will also help reduce the environmental damage caused by the disposal of old electronic items such as TVs, phones and laptops into landfill sites.

Cr Moore said for e-waste to be recycled, it needs disassembly before the sorting of valuable raw materials contained in the item, which is why e-waste cannot go into your yellow lid recycling bins.

“Council will collect e-waste at our Resource Recovery Centres and provide it directly to accredited e-waste recyclers.

“Smaller e-waste such as mobile phones, batteries, CDs and DVDs can be disposed of at Council’s Recycling Stations located at Broadmeadows and Craigieburn Libraries,” Cr Moore said.

Currently, over 1 million mobile phones and 16 million TVs are discarded in Australia every year. It is estimated that just for televisions and computers, the amount of e-waste generated in Australia will grow from around 138,000 tonnes in 2012-13 to 223,000 tonnes in 2023-24, an increase of more than 60 percent.

E-waste is growing three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia, due to increased technology trends, reduced product lifespan and consumer demand for new products.

If the items are still in working order, you could also donate, sell or give the items away to either friends and family or by posting them on a Buy, Swap, Sell website, Facebook group or Facebook Marketplace.

More information can be found at www.hume.vic.gov.au/ewasteban  


Posted on 4:00 PM, 25 June 2019

Updated : 10:22 AM, 26 June 2019

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