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E-waste, or electronic waste, is growing 3 times faster than any other waste stream. E-waste contains potentially hazardous and valuable materials, which don‘t belong in landfill.
To help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government has banned all e-waste from landfill as of 1 July 2019. That means e-waste can’t go in any household bin.
E-waste should not be put in your rubbish or recycling bin.
Take e-waste to a drop-off point. To find your closest e-waste drop-off point, use the Recycling Near You directory.
If there are currently no drop-off points near you, or you have a different electronic item to get rid of:
Household batteries can be recycled at no cost. To find drop-off points, visit the B-cycle website.
For car battery drop-off sites, visit the Car batteries page – Recycling Near You website.
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme has designated collection points across Victoria. These are provided by:
Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs can be disposed of for free at permanent drop-off sites located at most council-operated transfer stations.
MobileMuster is a free, not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories.
Dropping items off is free but don't forget to properly remove your personal data.
Domestic smoke alarms are not included in the e-waste ban and can be disposed of in your rubbish bin.
Metal from whitegoods can be recycled again and again to make new products, so it's important that they don't end up in landfill. Visit the Whitegoods recycler lookup - Recycling Near You website.
E-waste is any item with a plug, battery or power cord that’s no longer working or wanted. It covers a whole range of items from phones and refrigerators to fluorescent light tubes.
E-waste can include:
Electrical and electronic tools
IT, telecommunications and TV equipment
Home appliances (large)
Home appliances (small)
Toys, leisure and sports equipment
E-waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream. Minimising e-waste helps protect the environment.