Under new Victorian Government legislation, electronic waste (e-waste) is banned from landfill as of 1 July 2019, meaning e-waste will no longer be accepted in any kerbside bin.
What is e-waste?
E-waste is any item with a battery, cord, or plug that is no longer working or wanted.
This covers a whole range of items from home, work, and out in the garage or garden shed, including (but not limited to):
- Mobile phones
- Laptop, tablets, and computers
- Mouses and keyboards
- Cords, and mobile or computer accessories
- DVD players
- CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks
- Power tools
- Small kitchen appliances (toasters, kettles)
- White goods (fridges, washers/dryers, dishwashers)
Why should I recycle my e-waste?
E-waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste. These items contain hazardous materials such as lead and mercury, harmful to both human health and the environment. They also contain valuable materials such as gold, silver, and copper, which can be recovered and reused. Rather than sitting in landfill, your e-waste can be remade into something new.
For instance, over 1 million mobile phones are discarded in Australia every year. If we recovered them, we could reuse up to 16 tonnes of copper, 350 kilograms of silver, and 34 kilograms of gold!
Where can I take my e-waste?
Bayside residents are encouraged to drop off their e-waste for free at the Bayside Waste and Recycling Centre, 144 Talinga Road, Cheltenham 3192.
We have collection stations for smaller e-waste items at the Bayside City Council Corporate Centre, and Beaumaris Library. They accept:
- Mobile phones, chargers, and cords
- DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes (including cases)
- Light globes and fluorescent tubes
- Batteries, including those from laptops and mobile appliances.
Any data will be securely destroyed to protect your privacy.
If you are a Bayside resident, larger e-waste items – such as white goods and televisions – are already collected and recycled as part of your hard waste collection. These services will continue as normal.
Here are some other ways to recycle your e-waste:
- Donate Direct (if items are in working order)
- Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You can help you locate your nearest e-waste drop-off point
- Televisions and computers: National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme
- Mobile phones, smart watches, tablets, chargers, and accessories: Mobile Muster or PhoneCycle