Residents of regional Victoria can now dispose of their e-waste safely and easily ahead of the e-waste landfill ban starting on 1 July, 2019.
Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria said the e-waste to landfill ban was introduced by the Andrews Labor Government to ensure valuable materials left inside e-waste can be safely recovered and reused, while reducing the damage electronic items can have on the environment and human health.
From 1 July 2019, any item with a plug, battery or cord can no longer be placed in kerbside bins and instead must be deposited at a designated e-waste drop-off point.
Officeworks is helping to boost the number of collection sites available across Victoria, forming part of a network of more than 1,000 locations across the state that will take a range of e-waste items.
The Labor Government has invested $16.5 million to help Councils across the state upgrade their e-waste collection and storage facilities, and deliver an education program to support the ban on e-waste in landfills.
E-waste is the fastest-growing stream of waste worldwide and covers everything from old mobile phones, computers, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair dryers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners.
To learn more about where you can recycle e-waste, what e-waste is, and how e-waste is processed and re-used, go to ewaste.vic.gov.au
Council e-waste collection information can also be found at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-your-home/Waste-and-recycling/Council-waste-and-recycling-services
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“With more than 1000 locations across Victoria for people to dispose of their e-waste, every Victorian can now access at least one easy drop-off point close to home.”
“We can all be part of making sure Victoria gets more out of their old electrical goods, keep more rubbish out of landfill and re-use valuable resources that would otherwise go to waste.”