Find out about e-waste and how Council can assist you in ensuring e-waste is safely processed and reused.
Take your E-Waste to a Better Place
E-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
Why recycle e-waste?
There are two other key reasons for recycling e-waste:
- It is better for the environment
- E-waste 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 take my e-waste?
You can dispose of your e-waste free at any time at two of Council's transfer stations:
Bacchus Marsh Transfer Station
Osborne Road, Maddingley, 3340
Ballan Transfer Station
Monteville Lane, Ballan, 3342
You can also dispose of mobile phones, light globes, batteries and printer cartridges at Council's Recycling Station located at Lerderderg Library
215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh, 3340
A number of companies also have environmental initiatives and allow for recycling for 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 Caroline Springs and Ballarat.
- 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.
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.