Electronic waste (e-waste) is electronic appliances that are obsolete and of no use to their owners. This includes appliances that are powered by batteries or those that plug into electric outlets. Most of these items can be refurbished for reuse or recycled.
About 500 illegally dumped televisions and computers are collected by the Council each year. The Council also collects about 300 electronic waste items monthly including 100 televisions through the hard waste collection service.
The Council conducted two e-waste recycling trials in September and November 2012. The trials were a success with over 1,500 residents enthusiastically recycling approximately 80 tonnes of e-waste.
The Council is preparing a business case for its approach to an e-waste recycling program. Along with information from the two trials, the business case will assess opportunities within the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme and the Council’s current hard waste service. The Council will review illegal dumping data and benchmark with other Councils e-waste recycling programs.
Where can e-waste be recycled?
In the meantime, Hobsons Bay residents and small businesses can drop off their television and computers they no longer need at locations established within the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme www.environment.gov.au/settlements/waste/ewaste/drop-off-points.html#vic
For further information contact the Council on 9932 1000.