What is e-waste?
E-waste, or electronic waste, is anything that has a plug, battery or cord and is no longer wanted. For example: old phones (including mobiles), digital cameras, computers and tablets, household appliances, hair dryers, power tools and electronic toys, and their accessories.
All e-waste contains valuable resources we can reuse, as well as nasty materials that are bad for the environment if placed in landfill. Even in small amounts, these hazardous materials can cause environmental contamination. But when you multiply it by millions of e-waste items being left in landfills or stored inappropriately, the situation becomes much more serious.
To protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from landfill from 1 July 2019. Read more on the ban here.
Why is e-waste valuable?
E-waste is more than 95% recyclable, for example: old mobile phones can be recycled to make stainless steel goods, jewellery, new batteries and even plastic fence posts.
A million mobile phones contain an estimated 15–16 tonnes of copper, 340–350 kilograms of silver and 24–34 kilograms of gold. When you consider there are more than 22 million discarded mobile handsets in Australia and growing, we’re throwing away a lot of precious resources.
Where can I take it in Darebin?
While you can’t put your e-waste in your home rubbish or recycling bin, there are lots of places you can recycle it in Darebin. Click here to see what happens to e-waste when it is recycled.
Televisions and Computers
Televisions, computers and computer peripheries can be recycled for FREE at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre, including:
- Desktop PCs
- Small servers
- Multifunction devices
- Computer mice
Select Officeworks stores also accept computers and IT products for FREE recycling. See here for more information and locations.
Mobile Phones, Digital Cameras and Accessories
Mobile phones, digital cameras and accessories (including cords and batteries) can be recycled free of charge at Council's Community Recycling Stations.
• You can recycle mobile phones through Mobile Muster which allows you to drop your old mobiles at a number of locations, or you can arrange to post your device by mail.
• You can recycle cameras and accessories through Camera Recycling Australia.
See our Whitegoods Recycling page for more information on where to recycle whitegoods.
E-waste is also accepted in your hard waste and recycling collection. If you have e-waste to recycle at other times of the year, you can drop them at the Resource Recovery Centre. Note - there may be a charge for some items.
Toner and Printer Cartridges
Used toner and printer cartridges can be recycled for free through Planet Ark at participating stores, including:
- Australia Post
- Harvey Norman
- The Good Guys
To find your nearest participating store, visit Planet Ark - Recycling Near You
Household and Car Batteries
Household Batteries can be taken to Council's Community Recycling Stations for free recycling. Household quantities only.
Household batteries can also be recycled at Aldi stores - more information here.
Car batteries and other batteries can be dropped off at the Resource Recovery Centre for free recycling.