Recycling e-waste

Find out about e-waste and how to recycle items correctly.

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What is E-waste?

E-waste refers to any unwanted item with a plug, battery or cord. From your phone to your vacuum cleaner, your laptop to your electric lawnmower, it covers a whole range of household items.  

E-waste is one of the world’s fastest-growing waste streams and is expected to increase by around 8% every year. In 2018, almost 50 million tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide, and Australia is one of the biggest consumers of new electronics. The Shire of Moorabool is pleased to play an active role in the landfill ban on e-waste.

Why recycle e-waste?

  • Valuable materials can be recovered for re-use
  • Hazardous chemical elements are kept out of landfill
  • Diverting items saves space for other materials that can only go to landfill

Most e-waste contains hazardous materials. These can range from:

  • Heavy metals such as lead and mercury
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) 
  • Flame retardants

They can leach dangerous amounts of hazardous substances into our groundwater, soil, and air. As these substances do not break down easily, not diverting these from landfill can mean long term environmental damage.

E-waste can also include precious metals, such as:

  • Tin
  • Copper
  • Nickel
  • Silver
  • Zinc
  • Gold
  • Aluminium
  • Platinum

By reusing what we’ve already taken from the earth, we’re cutting costs and reducing greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.

Where can I take my e-waste?

You can dispose of your e-waste free at any of Council's 3 transfer stations:

Bacchus Marsh Transfer Station

Osborne Road, Maddingley
Hours: 10am – 4pm Friday to Monday
Closed: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 

Ballan Transfer Station

Monteville Lane, Ballan
Hours: 1pm – 5pm Wednesday to Monday
Closed: Tuesdays

Mt Egerton Transfer Station

Ballan-Egerton Road, Mt Egerton (accepts mostly smaller e-waste items)
Hours: 12pm – 5pm Weekends
Closed: Monday - Friday 
All of the Shire's transfer stations are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. 

Lerderderg Library

You may dispose of mobile phones, light globes, batteries and printer cartridges at Council's e-waste sorting station:
215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh 
Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 8.30am - 8pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8.30am - 5pm and Saturdays 9am - 2pm
Closed: Public holidays  

Other options for recycling your e-waste:

Recycle up to 5 items of selected e-waste at participating Officeworks

Accepted items include:

  • desktop computers
  • laptops
  • computer mouse
  • monitors
  • printers
  • scanners
  • multifunction printers
  • keyboards
  • computer power supplies 
  • printed circuit boards
  • motherboards
  • network cards
  • disks
  • CD drives

Where is the Officeworks in Moorabool Shire?

The nearest participating store is Ballarat. Several other companies allow for recycling for certain kinds of e-waste:

  • 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

Remember, reuse is better than recycling!

Got a working computer you'd like to offer to someone in need?

You could donate, sell or give the items away via options such as a Buy, Swap, Sell site, Gumtree or Facebook groups. Just be sure to securely erase your data first (tips on how to do this). 

Or you can try try Flash Drive. This is a not-for-profit organisation at 1223 Grevillea Road Wendouree. They accept donations of laptops, computers and tablets that are broken or unwanted. These are refurbished when possible or are otherwise responsibly recycled.

Flash Drive is open 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday, or Tuesday to Thursday during school holidays. 

If you are considering op shops, be sure to check with them before you donate. Not all charities accept electrical or electronic items.

Further information

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.