Take your e-waste to a better place

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E-waste (electronic waste) refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted. From your phone to your fridge, your laptop to your electric lawnmower, it covers a whole range of items from work, home and even the garden shed.

E-waste is one of the world’s fastest growing waste streams. In 2016, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide. Of this enormous figure, only about 20 per cent, or 8.9 million metric tonnes was recycled. Over the coming years, the amount of global e-waste is expected to increase to 52.2 million tonnes in 2021, or around 8% every year.

Locally, the problem is significant too, in Victoria, it is estimated that a total of about 109,000 tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2015. This volume is projected to increase to about 256,000 tonnes by 2035.

To encourage Victorians to recycle e-waste, the Victorian Government is banning e-waste in landfill from 1 July 2019.

There are two other key reasons for recycling e-waste: 

  1. It’s better for the environment
  2. It contains valuable materials

Most e-waste contains hazardous materials. These can range from heavy metals such as lead, and mercury to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and flame retardants. They can leach dangerous amounts of hazardous substances into our groundwater, soil, and air. As these substances, do not break down easily, the result can be long term environmental pollution.

E-waste also contains a range of precious materials, including: tin, copper, nickel, silver, zinc, gold, aluminium and platinum. By reusing what we’ve already mined, we’re not only cutting costs, we’re also reducing the greenhouse gasses released into the atmosphere by the mining, processing and transportation of these raw materials. 

Where can I dispose of my e-waste?

You can dispose of your e-waste for free at any time at Council's Resource Recovery Centres.

Bolinda Road Resource Recovery Centre Campbellfield
71 Bolinda Road, Campbellfield 3061

Riddell Road Waste and Recycling Transfer Station and Landfill
515 Riddell Road, Sunbury, 3429

You can also dispose of mobile phones, batteries, DVDs and x-rays at Council's Recycling Stations located at Broadmeadows Library and Craigieburn Library.

Broadmeadows Library
1093 Pascoe Vale Road
Broadmeadows 3047

Craigieburn Library
75-95 Central Park Avenue
Craigieburn 3064

A number of companies also have environmental initiatives and allow for recycling of certain kinds of e-waste:

  • Recycle up to five items of selected e-waste at participating Officeworks stores. Accepted items include desktop computers, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, scanners, multifunction printers, keyboards, computer power supplies, printed circuit boards, motherboards, network cards, disks and CD drives. Nearby participating stores include Campbellfield, Coburg and Airport West.
  • Recycle AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable) at ALDI stores. 
  • Mobile Muster has drop-off points in many different stores including phone stores and op-shops, find a drop-off point near you.
  • Enable Australia in Broadmeadows recycles IT equipment for use as a social enterprise to directly support work skills activities for local disadvantaged job seekers.


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.

For more information on what e-waste is, where it goes and how it is recycled, visit Sustainability Victoria's campaign website or watch the video below.

 


Updated : 9:34 AM, 27 June 2019

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