01
July
2019
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09:29
Australia/Melbourne

Brimbank Council launches new e-waste disposal methods

Summary

Brimbank Council has introduced new and easy ways to dispose of electronic waste (e-waste). Residents will now be able to safely dispose of their e-waste at several new drop-off points in Keilor, Sydenham, Sunshine, Deer Park and St Albans, all at no charge.

Brimbank Council has introduced new and easy ways to dispose of electronic waste (e-waste). Residents will now be able to safely dispose of their e-waste at several new drop-off points in Keilor, Sydenham, Sunshine, Deer Park and St Albans, all at no charge.

The launch of the new disposal points follows the Victorian Government’s state-wide ban on e-waste being sent to landfill from 1 July 2019.

E-waste cannot be discarded with your regular garbage collection as it contains hazardous material, and can be harmful to the environment and human health. It must be disposed of at one of the designated drop-off points.

If it has a plug, battery or cord and is unwanted, it’s e-waste. This includes everything from old mobile phones, computers, monitors, printers, televisions, CD players, refrigerators, heaters, toasters and other white goods.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said that electronic waste is growing up to three times faster than general waste and Council is getting on the front foot to tackle the problem.

“Recycling e-waste is extremely important so that we can manage and divert these harmful materials from going to landfill. The good news is that we can recycle more than 95 per cent of the e-waste recovered, and reuse valuable materials to make things like stainless steel goods, new batteries and even plastic fence posts.

“We have set up lots of options including upgrading the Resource Recovery Centre in Keilor where you can take e-waste items like computers, televisions, printers and car batteries and new drop-off points to collect small e-waste items, to make it as easy as possible to recover and recycle e-waste.

Cr Congreve added: “As with any product, we encourage everyone to reduce, reuse and repair before recycling.

“Consider donating your unwanted items to a charity or offering them to friends or family. You might be surprised of how much use your device still might have.”

Remember large e-waste items such as whitegoods like fridges and washing machines can be recycled through Council’s At-Call Hard Waste Service when booking a collection online at hardwaste.brimbank.vic.gov.au or call 9249 4728.

For more information on the e-waste drop-off locations across Brimbank visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/ewaste or email environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au or call 9249 4000.