Where do I take e-waste?
You can take your e-waste for recycling to a number of locations around the state where it will be recycled safely.
The first port of call is your local council transfer station – contact your council to find out more about council services in your area.
Please note: Fees may apply for some transfer station services.
If you can’t find a drop-off point close by, or you have a different electronic item to recycle, you can still safely dispose of your e-waste by:
- participating in specific council run services
- contacting your local council for information on disposal options in your area
- passing the goods (if they still work) to friends or family
- if the item is broken, consider if it can be repaired
- hold on to it until an appropriate e-waste recycling option becomes available.
Other available services
To give you a bit of an idea what’s out there, check out some of the great services already available to Victorians.
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme has designated collection points across Victoria and is free! You can drop off your old TVs, computers and computer products for safe recycling. Melbourne residents can also dispose of televisions and computer equipment through hard rubbish collections.
Mobile Muster accepts old mobile phones, tablets, chargers and accessories—even smart watches—for recycling. There are various drop-off points across Victoria. They also offer free postage, so get to your nearest post office and get sending! Businesses can use the Mobile Muster service too. Mobile Muster provides free collection units and a free pick up service.
Sustainability Victoria’s ‘Detox your Home’ program for households—located at most council run transfer stations—accepts fluorescent light bulbs and batteries all year round. Businesses can use Batteryback, a free service that accepts old and used batteries. There are over 127 collection points within 60km of Melbourne. Or Fluorocycle, a voluntary product stewardship scheme that seeks to increase the national recycling rate of waste mercury-containing lamps.
Batteries can also be disposed of at most Aldi stores located throughout Victoria.
There are many schemes available for businesses as well. Options include Drop Zone where you can order an e-waste bin for drop off and collection at your place of business, or a battery bucket to collect your business and staff’s old batteries. Drop Zone will also collect all types of e-waste from large corporations, councils, schools, universities and small and medium enterprise. Contact Drop Zone for further information.
TechCollect is fully funded by many of the world’s leading computer and TV manufacturers and importers. They provide businesses a completely FREE service and are located at many waste transfer stations throughout Victoria.
Green Collect is a social enterprise that transforms office waste into value and provides a range of collection services to businesses.
The Victorian Government is committed to making e-waste recycling as easy as possible. We’re currently working to upgrade the e-waste collection network across the state. This will increase community access to e-waste drop-off points and expand the capacity of these facilities to receive and manage rising volumes of e-waste.