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 unwanted item with a plug, battery or cord, working or not. 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. And it's one of the world’s fastest growing waste streams.
In 2018 alone, almost 50 million tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide. As one of the biggest consumers of new electronics, Australia's e-waste figure sits at around 700,000 tonnes for that year, and typically only about 20% has been recycled. Global e-waste is expected to increase by around 8% every year, so the Shire of Moorabool is proud to be part of the statewide landfill ban on e-waste.
Why recycle e-waste?
- Hazardous chemical elements are kept out of landfill
- Valuable materials can be recovered for re-use
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 not only cutting costs, we’re also reducing the greenhouse gases 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 two of Council's transfer stations:
Bacchus Marsh Transfer Station
Osborne Road, Maddingley, 3340
Hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Friday to Monday
Closed: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday.
Ballan Transfer Station
Monteville Lane, Ballan, 3342
Hours: 1.00pm – 5.00pm Wednesday to Monday Closed: Tuesday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday.
If you are unable to get to these facilities but can access the Mt Egerton Transfer Station, you may be able to bring smaller e-waste items there - please check with Council.
You may dispose of mobile phones, light globes, batteries and printer cartridges at Council's e-waste sorting station, located at the Lerderderg Library:
215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh, 3340
Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 8.30am - 8.00pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8.30am - 5.00pm and Saturdays 9.00 - 2.00pm
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 stores are Caroline Springs and Ballarat. A number of 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.
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. If you are considering op shops, be sure to check with them before you donate, as not all 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.