E-waste (electronic waste) is anything that has a plug, battery or power cord and is no longer wanted. This includes mobile phones, digital cameras, computers and tablets, household appliances, power tools and electronic toys, and their accessories.
E-waste contains valuable resources we can reuse, as well as hazardous materials that are bad for the environment if placed in landfill. Recycling e-waste not only prevents hazardous substances leaching into soil and water, it saves valuable energy and natural resources required to make new products.
Victorian Government E-waste ban - commencing 1 July 2019
To protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government has committed to banning e-waste to landfill from 1 July 2019.
We are working with the Victorian Government to support the implementation of the e-waste ban. Click here for more information.
Why recycle e-waste?
E-waste is more than 95% recyclable, for example: old mobile phones can be recycled to make stainless steel goods, jewellery, new batteries and even plastic fence posts. Click here to see what happens to e-waste when it is recycled.
While you can’t put e-waste in your home rubbish or recycling bin, there are a range of e-waste recycling options Darebin.
Computer and TV Recycling
You can recycle your old TVs and computers for free at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre and through Council's Hard Waste and Recycling Collection Service. This service is provided as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Accepted items include:
- Desktop and personal computers
- Computer monitors
- Laptops, notebooks and tablets
- Small servers, hard drives, cables, internal power supplies
- Printers, scanners and faxes
- Computer peripherals: mice and keyboards
Select Officeworks stores also accept computers and IT products for FREE recycling. See here for more information and locations.
NOTE: Don't forget to remove your personal information from your computer before recycling. Click here to find out how.
Mobile Phones, Digital Cameras and Accessories
Mobile phones, digital cameras and their accessories (including cords and batteries) can be recycled for FREE at Council's Community Recycling Stations.
• You can recycle mobile phones through Mobile Muster which allows you to drop your old mobiles at a number of locations, or you can arrange to post your device by mail.
• You can recycle cameras and accessories through Camera Recycling Australia.
NOTE: Don't forget to remove your personal information from your mobile phone or camera before recycling. Click here to find out how.
See the Whitegoods Recycling for more information on where to recycle whitegoods like fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers.
Toner and Printer Cartridges
Used toner and printer cartridges can be recycled for free through Planet Ark at participating stores, including:
- Australia Post
- Harvey Norman
- The Good Guys
To find your nearest participating store, visit Planet Ark - Recycling Near You
Household and Car Batteries
Household Batteries can be taken to Council's Community Recycling Stations for free recycling. Household quantities only.
Household batteries can also be recycled at Aldi stores - more information here.
Car batteries and other batteries can be dropped off at the Resource Recovery Centre for free recycling.
Other E-waste Recycling Options
E-waste is accepted in the Hard Waste and Recycling Collection Service.
The Resource Recovery Centre also accepts e-waste for recycling year-round. Note - there may be a charge for some items.
Visit 'Recycling Near You' to search for other e-waste recycling options across Victoria.