Electronic waste (e-waste) contains valuable resources we can reuse, as well as hazardous materials that are bad for the environment.
The state-wide electronic waste ban is here
To help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government has banned e-waste from going to landfill as of Monday 1 July 2019.
We are working with the Victorian Government to support the implementation of the e-waste ban. Click here for more information.
What is electronic waste?
E-waste (electronic waste) is anything that has a plug, battery or power cord and is no longer wanted or working. This includes mobile phones, digital cameras, computers and tablets, household appliances, power tools and electronic toys, and their accessories.
Browse a full list of electronic waste items here.
Why recycle e-waste?
E-waste is growing 3 times faster than the rate of standard waste. 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. Click here to find more information on e-waste recycling and why it is important.
Where can I take my e-waste in Darebin?
Computer and TV Recycling
You can recycle your old TVs and computers for free at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre and through the Hard Waste and Recycling Collection Service. This service is provided as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Accepted items include:
- Laptops, notebooks and tablets
- Small servers, hard drives, cables, internal power supplies
- Computer peripherals: mice and keyboards
- Printers, scanners and faxes
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 device 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. Alternatively 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.
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 page 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 batteries can be taken to Council's Community Recycling Stations and select Aldi stores for free recycling. Household quantities only.
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. Click here for gate charges.
Visit 'Recycling Near You' to search for other e-waste recycling options across Victoria.
Watch this short video for more info on e-waste!