From 1 July 2019, the Victorian Government will ban all e-waste going to landfill. This will help:
- protect the environment
- encourage safe management of hazardous materials found in e-waste
- enable greater recovery of the valuable materials.
What it means for you
You will no longer be able to put e-waste in any kerbside bins as of 1 July 2019.
From 1 July you can recycle e-waste by:
- taking it to the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre
- taking to one of our 6 collections banks across Boroondara – locations to be announced in June 2019.
- if council collects your kerbside bins, you can book a free hard waste collection and it will be separated at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre for recycling.
What is e-waste
E-waste refers to electronic waste. If it has a plug, battery, cord or any other power supply and is unwanted, it is e-waste. This could include a whole range of items from work, home or even the garden shed, from old phones, through to computers, small and large household appliances, power tools and toys.
See more examples of e-waste on the Sustainability Victoria website.
Currently these items can be recycled by residents at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre:
- computers, laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets
- computer monitors
- computer parts (hard drives, motherboards, cables, internal power supplies, DVD and CD drives)
- computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, joysticks, game-pads, scanners, web cameras)
- printers and scanners
- mobile phones and accessories
- large e-waste such as whitegoods (eg. fridges) (fees apply)
From 1 July 2019 you can bring all e-waste with a plug, battery, cord or other power supply to the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre for recycling.
Where to recycle your e-waste
From 1 July 2019, residents can bring all of their e-waste to the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre.
We are in the process of setting up 6 collection banks for small e-waste across Boroondara. We'll update this page with specific details of these sites by late June 2019. Visit ewaste.vic.gov.au for further details.
To find an alternative collection point for recycling mobile phones or to request an envelope to mail your phone in, visit Mobile Muster.
- There is no charge for dropping off all TVs, stereos, DVD players, VCR players, computers, printers, mobile phones, scanners and accessories only.
- Large e-waste items are charged as per the fees and charges schedule.
- Gassed whitegoods, such as fridges, freezers, air conditioners, are charged at $19.50 per item for inspection and degassing.
From 1 July
- There will be no charge for dropping off all small to medium sized e-waste (up to the size of a large microwave). This also includes TVs, stereos, DVD players, VCR players, computers, printers, mobile phones, scanners and accessories.
- Large e-waste items will still be charged as per the fees and charges schedule.
- Gassed whitegoods, such as fridges, freezers, air conditioners, will still be charged at $19.50 per item for inspection and degassing.
Why recycle e-waste
E-waste is full of valuable resources that we can reuse, as well as some hazardous materials that are bad for the environment. Rather than putting e-waste in the bin and sending it to landfill, we can remove the bad elements and save the good.
More than 95% of e-waste is recyclable.
Protect the environment
E-waste products can contain hazardous materials such as heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium, as well as ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCS) and flame retardants. Even in small amounts, these dangerous chemicals can cause environmental contamination.
And when you multiply it by millions of e-waste items being left in landfills, the situation becomes much more serious.
Help recover and reuse valuable resources
E-waste also contains a whole range of valuable materials, including tin, nickel, zinc, aluminium, copper, silver, gold and plastic. When we throw e-waste in landfill, we lose these precious materials and then need to dig up and extract more of these materials from the earth to create new products, which is very damaging to the environment.
In 2016, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide. Only about 20% was recycled and the rest ended up in landfill. Hazardous and precious metals aside, it's not sustainable to bury this huge volume of ‘stuff’ underground.
Before you drop off your old phone or computer for recycling, take a moment to think about all the information it contains e.g. personal details, passwords etc. While the recycling process does destroy data, to protect your privacy it’s important to wipe this information before you recycle them.
Every phone and computer is different, so check with the item’s manufacturer to ensure you know the best way to securely wipe all data. Read Sustainability Victoria's checklist to help you get started.