HELPING EASTERN VICTORIA MANAGE E-WASTE

Friday 14, June

Local residents can now dispose of their e-waste safely and easily ahead of the e-waste landfill ban starting on 1 July, 2019.

Jane Garrett, Member for Eastern Victoria said the e-waste to landfill ban was introduced by the Andrews Labor Government to ensure valuable materials left inside e-waste can be safely recovered and reused, while reducing the damage electronic items can have on the environment and human health.

From 1 July 2019, any item with a plug, battery or cord can no longer be placed in kerbside bins and instead must be deposited at a designated e-waste drop-off point.

Officeworks is also helping to boost the number of collection sites available across Victoria, forming part of a network of more than 1,000 locations across the state that will take a range of e-waste items.

The Labor Government has invested $16.5 million to help councils across the state upgrade their e-waste collection and storage facilities, and deliver an education program to support the ban on e-waste in landfills.

E-waste is the fastest-growing stream of waste worldwide and covers everything from old mobile phones, computers, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair dryers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners.

To learn more about where you can recycle e-waste, what e-waste is, and how e-waste is processed and re-used, go to ewaste.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“With this boost to e-waste collection sites, all residents should have access to at least one easy drop-off point close to home.”

“There is now combined network of more than 1000 locations for Victorians to drop off a range of e-waste items across the state including Officeworks sites and mobile phone collection sites such as Mobile Muster,”