As of 1 July 2019, the Victorian Government’s electronic waste (e-waste) ban will come into effect.
This means that any device that has a plug, battery or power cord that is no longer working or wanted will be banned from going into landfill.
E-waste is growing three times faster than the rate of standard municipal waste and contains many hazardous, and valuable, materials which don’t belong in landfill.
Materials from these devices such as plastic, batteries, precious metals and glass can be turned into reusable products such as toys, keyboards, new batteries, new screens for TVs, jewellery and more.
Both Stawell and St Arnaud transfer stations will have special e-waste sheds that have been provided by Sustainability Victoria, while council will work closely with Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group to roll out education programs.
Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire Council, Cr Kevin Erwin said, “E-waste is anything with a cord, plug or battery, and should be disposed of separately to regular waste and recycling.”
“Initially when the ban gets underway, we are allowing our residents to dispose of their e-waste free of charge at our transfer stations, so we encourage our community to take advantage of this.”