Electronic Waste

ewaste products

From 1 July 2019, all e-waste will be banned from Victorian landfills. This means that e-waste cannot go into any household bins.

The e-waste landfill ban will help keep toxic materials and valuable resources out of landfill and encourage e-waste recycling.

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste (ewaste) 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 Council each year. Council also collects about 300 electronic waste items monthly including 100 televisions through the hard waste collection service.

Hobsons Bay e-waste recycling event 2019

Hobsons Bay residents can recycle their e-waste on Saturday 16 November 2019.  The service is free for Hobsons Bay residents and a booking is not required. Traffic managers will direct residents in their vehicles to the drop off location inside the Operations Centre, where once stationary, a team of recyclers will remove the ewaste for residents.

When: Saturday 16 November 2019

Time: 8am to 3pm

Where: Hobsons Bay City Council Operations Centre - Sugar Gum Drive, Altona

Cost: Free  

Items accepted include computers and computer peripherals, laptops, monitors, cartridges, cables, printers, scanners, mobile phones, cameras, televisions, video and DVD players, CDs, DVDs, GPS, electronic toys, mixers, toasters, microwaves and heaters.

Items not accepted include refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, barbecues, televisions with broken glass, smoke alarms, hazardous waste, batteries in bulk and fluorescent lamps. The event is for residents and a maximum of two televisions and two computers per vehicle will be accepted.

Other places where e-waste can be recycled?

Drop-offsites in the west within approximately 30 minutes of the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre are as follows:

Please note - It is recommended you contact these providers prior to visiting to ensure they accept your items

      174 Old Geelong Road, Brooklyn, VIC 3012

      Phone (03) 9314 2297

     188 Homes Road, Moonee Ponds VIC 3040

     Phone: (03) 9243 8888

     Wests Road, Werribee VIC 3030

     Phone: (03) 9742 0777

     33 Ferris Road, Melton South VIC 3338

     Phone: (03) 9747 7200

Computers and computer accessories only

  • Officeworks

     377 Williamstown Road, Yarraville VIC 3013

     Phone: (03) 9933 7300

To find a complete list of all drop office locations across Melbourne, please visit Planet Arks Recycling Near You website.

Book a hard waste collection

All e-waste collected through Council's hard waste service is recycled.  To find out more and to book a collection, please visit Council's Hard Waste Collection page.

Enviro Centre - Altona Library

Located at the Altona Library, the EnviroCentre brings together and showcases the City’s environmental initiatives to maximize community awareness of environmental issues.

The EnviroCentre is home to a number of recycling initiatives including mobile phone collections.  To find out more, please visit the Altona Library website.

Recycling Made Easy

Recycling Made Easy is a collection service providing recycling options for common household items that are often difficult to recycle at home.  Small e-waste items such as mobile phones, cameras and accessories can be recycled through this service. 

Collection boxes are located at eight Hobsons Bay Community Centers. Click here(PDF, 156KB) to view a full list of locations or visit the Recycling Made Easy Facebook page.