Mornington Peninsula Shire supports e-waste ban across Victoria
2 July 2019
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor David Gill is reminding Mornington Peninsula Shire residents that a state-wide initiative from the Victorian government to reduce the amount of electronic waste (e-waste) being sent to landfill is now in place.
All e-waste must be taken to dedicated drop off centres. Mornington Peninsula Shire has three drop off centres: Mornington, Rye and Tyabb Resource Recovery Centres.
E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted. E-waste is the fastest-growing category of waste worldwide. Some examples of e-waste include; batteries, TVs, light bulbs, phones and computers.
Currently, over 1 million mobile phones and 16 million TVs are discarded in Australia every year. It is estimated that just for televisions and computers, the amount of e-waste generated in Australia will increase by more than 60 percent from around 138,000 tonnes in 2012-13 to 223,000 tonnes in 2023-24.
To try and increase the amount of e-waste that goes to recycling centres instead of regular rubbish collections, the Shire is teaming up with Sustainability Victoria to tackle the problem by making sure residents understand what e-waste is and how they can get rid of it properly.
“Since the government released funding to help improve e-waste collection facilities, we’ve been able to upgrade e-waste drop-off points in Tyabb, Mornington and Rye Resource Recovery Centres. We are proud to say there are now three collection facilities across our municipality which means all residents should have access to at least one easy drop off point close to home,” Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said.
“We are delighted to participate and help make a difference.”