Where do I take e-waste?
You can take your e-waste to a number of locations around the state where it will be recycled safely. The Victorian Government is committed to making e-waste recycling as easy as possible. We are 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.
1. Find your nearest e-waste drop-off point
Planet Ark's Recycling Near You website includes a search tool for locating your nearest e-waste recycling drop-off point.
2. Check your local council
Many council transfer stations provide an e-waste recycling drop-off service. Check our list of council waste and recycling services for links to recycling information for your local area. Please note: Fees may apply for some transfer station services.
3. Other services
To give you a bit of an idea what’s out there, check out some of the great services already available to Victorians.
TVs and computers
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 sending! Businesses can use the Mobile Muster service too, with free collection units and pick up service.
Household batteries can easily be recycled at no cost at participating Aldi, Officeworks and Batteryworld stores. Check Sustainability Victoria's battery recycling webpage for more information and options for other types of batteries.
Businesses can use Batteryback, a free service that accepts old and used batteries. There are over 127 collection points within 60km of Melbourne.
Safe handling guidelines
Used batteries are potentially hazardous, so they need to be stored and handled carefully.
- Keep batteries out of reach of children. Button cells (small round batteries) can be swallowed, causing choking or chemical burns
- Be careful of damaged or leaking batteries. Some of the materials inside batteries are toxic and could result in poisoning
- Keep batteries away from sunlight or heat. This may result in leakage of toxic materials
- Reduce fire risk. Place individual batteries in a plastic bag or sleeve. Tape over the terminals of any lithium-based batteries, such as button cells; phone, camera and laptop batteries; and batteries with both terminals on one side (for example, 9V batteries).
For more information about the safe collection, storage, transport and handling of used handheld batteries refer to the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative guidelines.
Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs can be disposed of for free at permanent drop-off sites located at most council-operated transfer stations.
Businesses can use Fluorocycle, a voluntary product stewardship scheme that seeks to increase the national recycling rate of waste mercury-containing lamps.
Options for businesses
Drop Zone can provide an e-waste bin or battery bucket at your place of business. They will also collect all types of e-waste from large corporations, councils, schools, universities and small and medium enterprise.
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.
Still can't find somewhere close by?
If you can’t find an option close by or have a different electronic item to recycle, you can still potentially dispose of your e-waste safely by:
- 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 onto the item until an appropriate e-waste recycling option becomes available in your area.