Brimbank Council will introduce new ways to dispose of electronic waste (e-waste), following the Victorian Government’s state-wide ban on e-waste being sent to landfill from 1 July 2019.
E-waste should not be discarded with your regular garbage collection as it contains hazardous material, and can be harmful to the environment and human health. 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 and other white goods.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said that with an e-waste ban upon us, it’s important we explore better ways to manage e-waste and divert these materials going to landfill.
“We’re seeing e-waste as the fastest growing waste stream worldwide and Brimbank Council is getting on the front foot to tackle the problem.
“From 1 July 2019, residents will be able to dispose of e-waste items at a number of drop-off points across Brimbank – at no charge.
“Council will introduce the e-waste drop-off points to collect, dismantle and recycle any discarded products. We will keep the community well informed of location details as we approach the mid-2019 ban.
“Residents will also be able to dispose of e-waste through Council’s new ‘at call’ hard waste collection service which will be introduced from 1 July 2019.
“There’s a better place for e-waste than your rubbish bin. Residents may consider donating their unwanted items to a charity or offering them to friends or family.
“If finding a new home for your item is not an option, then Council will support the community in the safe and responsible disposal of e-waste – minimising the use of landfills,” Cr Congreve said.