Changes to E-Waste laws

Jun 24, 2019 News

As of 1 July 2019, the Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from landfills across the state.

As a result, unwanted electrical products will no longer be able to go into general kerbside rubbish. Instead, al e-waste products will need to be delivered to one of Council's transfer stations for recycling, which will be FREE for the 2019/20 financial year.

Residents can keep an eye out for an e-waste station which is being delivered to Edenhope Council offices very soon, which will accept small items such as mobile phones, batteries, light globes and other small electronic devices.

The Little Green Wagon will also be visiting Edenhope and Kaniva in the upcoming months to help educate the community about E-waste, and answer any questions you may have. Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group will be facilitating this.

A limited number of e-waste bags are available for the public to put their smaller items in to take to our transfer stations, which will be available from transfer stations and your local Council office.

The term e-waste refers to any electronic products that are either no longer wanted or working –including items such as fridges, laptops, vacuum cleaners, drills, old phone handsets, hairdryers, electronic toys, to name a few.

If it's unwanted and has a plug, a battery or cord, then it's e-waste.

E-waste contains valuable resources including tin, nickel, zinc, aluminium, copper, silver, gold and plastic, all which can be reused. E-waste also contains other materials which can be bad for the environment.

In 2016, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide. Of this enormous figure, only about 20 per cent, or 8.9 million metric tonnes was recycled. The rest ended up in the landfill. Hazardous and precious metals aside, this massive volume of 'stuff' we're trying to hide underground is not sustainable. When you think about all the other rubbish that goes to landfill, keeping e-waste out is a much smarter idea.

For more information, please contact us on 55 859 900 or via email Council@westwimmera.vic.gov.au or visit www.recyclingrevolution.com.au for further details.

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