E-waste can be defined as any item with a power source such as televisions, computers, mobile phones, kitchen appliances and white goods.
Recycling your e-waste not only prevents hazardous substances (such as lead, mercury and chromium) leaching into soil and water, it also saves valuable energy and natural resources required to make new products.
The Victorian Government has committed to banning e-waste from landfill to achieve a range of positive outcomes for the Victorian environment, community and industry.
A few councils also run dedicated e-waste collection days for residents and many resource recovery centres and transfer stations also accept e-waste – check to see where to recycle items.
(City of Yarra residents can read about their Community Resource Recovery Hubs here. Melton City residents can read about the Melton Resale Centre here. Moreland City Council's trial Small Electrical Appliance Recovery Project has finished, but information on the project is available here.)
Televisions and Computers
The Federal Government scheme provides householders and small business access to free recycling facilities for computers and televisions regardless of brand and age. For more information visit the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme or find drop-off locations at Recycling Near You or at Drop Zone.
Some manufacturers offer a take-back scheme for your unwanted e-waste including:
- Dell Recycling: Pick up and recycle any Dell-branded equipment for free, nationwide.
- Apple Recycling Program: Computers and monitors, ipods and mobile phones.
- Green Toshiba: Drop off locations, post and pickup options to recycle Toshiba laptops and accessories.
To recycle your mobile phone you can either download a postage paid label or pick up a pre-paid satchel at Melbourne Zoo to support Zoos Victoria Gorilla Conservation Project Calling on You. Or drop off your old mobile phone, pick up a reply paid satchel or download a free mailing label to recycle your mobile through MobileMuster.
Some manufacturers offer a take-back scheme for your unwanted mobiles, such as the Apple Recycling Program for computers and monitors, ipods and mobile phones.
Last updated: 06/09/2019