Electronic waste

Electronic waste doesn't belong in landfill. Find out how to dispose of it here.

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What is electronic waste?

E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted. It covers a whole range of items from work, home and even the garden shed such as:

  • computers, laptops and tablets
  • mobile phones
  • television
  • DVD player
  • kitchen and laundry appliances
  • hard drives
  • cameras
  • printers
  • power tools

Why should I recycle electronic waste?

Electronic waste is growing around three times faster than general waste, with Australians throwing away more than 100,000 tonnes a year.

All electronic waste contains hazardous materials which can contaminate soil and groundwater. They also contain precious metals and components that can be recycled.

Under new Victorian Government laws, electronic waste is banned from landfills as of July 2019.

How do I recycle electronic waste?

We have collection stations at Carnegie, Elsternwick, Caulfield and Bentleigh Libraries for smaller e-waste. They accept:

  • phones and cameras, and their cords and accessories
  • x-rays
  • batteries
  • CDs and floppy disks
  • videos, cassettes, cases
  • fluorescent tubes
  • light globes

For electronic waste or appliances the size of a DVD or larger, book a hard rubbish collection online or contact our Customer Service Centre to arrange 9524 3333

Items we cannot collect include:

  • ​car parts, batteries or tyres
  • smoke alarms
  • air conditioners
  • halogen lights
  • x-ray equipment
  • hazardous materials and medical equipment

Here are some other ways to recycle your electronic waste:

Printer cartridges: Cartridges for Planet Ark