E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted.
From your phone to your fridge, your laptop to your power drill, e-waste covers a wide range of items in your home and workplace.
E-waste is full of valuable resources we can reuse, as well as some nasty materials that are bad for the environment.
Disposing of them through your kerbside bins or even storing them inappropriately can pose serious environmental and human health problems.
By taking your e-waste to designated drop-off sites, not only will you reduce the use of raw materials to produce new electronic products, but also protect our air and waterways.
What is e-waste?
E-waste is much more than phones, computers and televisions. It can be found in every room in your home, your garage and even your garden shed and includes:
- large household appliances (fridges, washing machines, microwaves, air conditioners)
- small household appliances (irons, toasters, hair dryers, watches, coffee machines)
- IT, telecommunications and TV equipment ( computers, laptops, printers, mobile phones, televisions, remote controls)
- lighting (LEDs, CFLs, fluorescent tubes)
- electrical and electronic tools (drills, saws, sewing machines, lawn mowers)
- toys (racing cars, electric trains, hand-held video game consoles, radios, musical instruments, amplifiers)
- other e-waste (medical devices, smoke detectors, solar panels).
Why recycle e-waste?
It’s good for our environment. E-waste products can contain hazardous materials including heavy metals like lead, mercury or cadmium and ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons and flame retardants.
Left in landfills or stored inappropriately, these materials can leach into groundwater and soil or release into the air to create long term contamination issues.
E-waste also contains a whole range of non-renewable materials such as tin, nickel, zinc, aluminium, copper, silver, gold and plastic. These valuable materials are lost once in landfill.
At today’s rate of consumption, many of these resources have limited reserves. In some cases, the amount of certain precious metals held in e-waste outstrips the amount of virgin material available.
Where do I recycle my e-waste?
E-waste can be dropped off for free at:
Mobile phones can be dropped off at one of the MobileMuster sites across Geelong.
Drop off your AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt batteries (domestic quantities only) at:
Or you can visit our recycling guide for more e-waste recycling options.
Did you know?
- 99% of your mobile phone can be recycled and re-used.
- Australians are some of the highest users of technology, and among the largest generators of e-waste in the world.
- The amount of e-waste is growing three times faster than general waste in Australia.