Electronic waste (E-waste) recycling

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From 1 July 2019, electronic waste will be banned from landfill in Victoria.  This means you can no longer place electronic waste in any kerbside bin.

Instead, you can drop off your e-waste at the Stonnington Waste Transfer Station, save it for your next hard waste collection, or recycle your items at the locations listed below

What is e-waste?

If it’s got a plug, battery or cord and is unwanted, it’s e-waste. It could be any of a whole range of items from work, home or even the garden shed. From old phones, computers and household appliances to power tools and toys.

Why recover it?

It makes no sense to bury electronic objects in landfill once we are finished with them. E-waste contains materials that we can recover and reuse such as tin, nickel, zinc, aluminium, copper, silver and gold. Although only very small amounts of each of these precious metals go into making any one device, when they are collected in large numbers the amounts can quickly add up.

It may also contain potentially hazardous materials

 

                       

Many forms of e-waste contain 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. But when you multiply it by the millions of e-waste items being left in landfills, the situation becomes much more serious. In fact, 70 per cent of toxic chemicals found in landfill come from e-waste.

Find out where you can recycle your e-waste below or find more recycling locations at ewaste.vic.gov.au.

Where to take your e-waste

Type of e-waste

Where

 

Most e-waste

Anything with a plug or battery – including TVs, computers, microwaves,
vacuums, household appliances, garden tools, musical instruments and kids toys, 

Large items like fridges and washing machines can be recycled at the
Stonnington 
Waste Transfer Station through steel recycling

 
Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

 

 

 

 


Large e-waste

Fridges, washing machines, clothes dryers

Council’s hard waste collection
Stonnington Waste Transfer Station 

 

Small e-waste

Household batteries, mobile phones and chargers, DVDs, CDs
and cases,VHS and cases, cassette tapes and cases, floppy disks, x-rays 

 

 

 

 

 

All City of Stonnington service centres, libraries and pools
Stonnington City Centre, 311 Glenferrie Road, Malvern
Grattan Gardens Community Centre
Malvern Library 
Phoenix Park Library
Prahran Library
Toorak/South Yarra Library
Prahran Aquatic Centre
Harold Holt Swim Centre
Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

 

Office e-waste

Desktop computer, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, scanners,
multifunction printers, keyboards, computer power supplies, printed circuit boards,
motherboards, network cards, disks and CD drives. 

Five item limit per customer

 

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station
Officeworks

 

 

 

Mobile phones

Mobile phone old and new

 

 

 

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station
All City of Stonnington service centres, libraries and pools
Mobile muster

 

 

Batteries

 

 

All City of Stonnington service centres, libraries and pools
Aldi stores

 

Light globes

Light globes including incandescent, compact fluorescent,
downlight and fluorescent tubes

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

 

 

Fix, repair or donate your e-waste

Repair it

Repair Cafés are free meeting places all about repairing things (together). At repair cafes you can find tools and materials to help you make repairs, including electronics, clothes, appliance and toys etc. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields. Search for a Repair Café convenient to you.

Request the repair manual from the company who made your product.

There are many local businesses dedicated to repairing technology. Try searching online to find the best options.

Fix it

iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything. Anyone can create a repair manual for a device, and anyone can also edit the existing set of manuals to improve them.

Donate it

If items are in good working order, they may be able to be donated to others.

Recycle anything

Visit 'Recycling Near You' to search recycling options for a large range of materials, including e-waste.

Find out more about Council’s waste and recycling programs.