Find out about e-waste and how to responsibly dispose of it for specialist recycling.
Take your E-Waste to a Better Place
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) 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, failing to divert these from landfill results in long term environmental pollution.
E-waste also contains a range of precious metals, including tin, copper, nickel, silver, zinc, gold, aluminium and platinum. By reusing what we’ve already taken from the earth, we’re cutting costs and reducing greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere by the mining, processing and transportation of raw materials.
Where can I take my e-waste?
You can dispose of your e-waste free at any of Council's three 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
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.
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 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. The nearest participating store is Ballarat. A number of other companies also have environmental initiatives and allow for recycling for certain kinds of e-waste:
- 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.
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 try Flash Drive, a not-for-profit organisation at 1223 Grevillea Road Wendouree, that accepts 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, as not all charities are able to accept electrical or electronic items.
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.