Brad Evans sorting through e-waste at the Geelong Resource and Recovery Centre.
Brad Evans sorting through e-waste at the Geelong Resource and Recovery Centre.

Put the byte on E-waste

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Each year millions of TVs and computers are discarded resulting in electronic waste increasing three times faster than regular waste in Australia. 

Did you know that your old electronic equipment probably contains precious metals, plastics and glass that can be recycled and reused in new products? 

We offer free electronic waste (e-waste) recycling services at our Geelong and Drysdale resource recovery centres – so your old electronic goods are recycled and disposed properly.

Each year about 260,000 kg of e-waste is sent to be recycled.

Computers contain materials including plastic, gold, glass and copper which can be separated and reused.

As part of the e-waste recycling scheme, you can drop off the following unwanted items at Geelong Resource and Recovery Centre, Douro Street, North Geelong or Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre, Becks Road, Drysdale:

  • televisions

  • computers and laptops

  • computer accessories

  • DVD, video and cassette players

  • all other electrical appliances.

Whitegoods can also be dropped off free of charge at both resource and recovery centres. Their metal parts are recycled through a separate program. 

Mobile phones can be recycled at a number of sites throughout Geelong. Find your nearest mobile drop off.

For more details on recycling, view our recycling and rubbish page.

Geelong Resource and Recovery Centre Facility Manager

“We send all e-waste, including televisions, computers, laptops, video and DVD players – basically anything with a cord, to Clayton where it’s dismantled and manually pulled apart or shredded, and then recycled.
Often more than 95 per cent of computer components can be recycled and used in new products.
Computers are shredded so all data and personal information is destroyed in the process.”

Rod Thomas - Manager Environment and Waste

"It’s critical that e-waste is disposed responsibly.  
E-waste contains hazardous materials which should be kept out of landfill and our waterways. Also, by recycling it, precious finite materials such as gold and copper can be preserved and reused."