Electronic waste, commonly known as e-waste, is growing up to three times faster than other types of household waste in Australia.
What is e-waste?
E-waste is any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted. This covers a whole range of items from work, home and even the garden shed, such as mobile phones, computers, televisions, kitchen appliances, power tools and toys.
The Victorian Government banned e-waste in landfill from July 2019 across the state. This means e-waste can no longer be placed in your household garbage bin.
E-waste can contain hazardous materials that can leach into the soil and groundwater, or be released into the air, causing long term environmental damage and harm to human health. Electronic goods also contain valuable materials that can be recovered for recycling.
A complete list of items covered by the ban is available on the Sustainability Victoria e-waste webpage.
Donate or repair your e-waste
Before recycling it, consider whether you can donate it to a charity or get it repaired. Keeping goods circulating keeps them out of landfill or recycling plants.
Some charities will accept electrical items in good condition. Contact your local store to check first, and drop off any items during store opening hours.
If your item needs repairing, Brunswick Tool Library may be able to assist through their monthly Repair Cafes. These occur on the third Saturday of the month between 10am and 2pm. You can take items in to have them repaired or learn how to repair them yourself. Items must be able to be carried in. Go to Brunswick Tool Library for more information and event dates.
Local social enterprise, WombleTech, will take unwanted computers (working or not) and refurbish them for vulnerable members of the community. Go to the WombleTech website to register your donation, find a drop-off point, or to arrange a pickup.
Drop-off points for WombleTech in Moreland
Drop off your unwanted IT equipment at one of these two Neighbourhood Houses:
- Reynard Street Neighbourhood House, 104a Reynard St, Coburg
- Sussex Neighbourhood House, 7 Prospect St, Pascoe Vale
Recycle your e-waste in Moreland
You can recycle your e-waste through our twice yearly hard waste collection in spring and autumn. During hard waste collection, e-waste can be placed on the kerbside (in a separate pile), for recycling.
Drop off a range of household items at our yellow recycling stations for free at our Coburg, Brunswick and Glenroy Customer Service Centres.
Further information about e-waste
For a small fee, you can take items to a neighbouring transfer station. As we do not have our own transfer station in Moreland, please call ahead to confirm charges, as costs to recycle e-waste vary.