E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted such as:
- large appliances like fridges and washing machines
- small appliances like kettles and rice cookers
- IT, telecommunications and TV equipment like computers, printers and cables
- lighting equipment like fluorescent lamps
- electrical and electronic tools like drills and sewing machines
- toys, leisure and sports equipment like video games and battery operated toys.
You cannot put E-waste into your bins
The Victorian Government banned all E-waste from going to landfill from 1 July 2019. This means you can no longer place electronic waste in any kerbside bin.
E-waste can contain hazardous materials that can leach into the soil and groundwater, or be released into the air, causing long term environmental damage.
How to dispose of E-waste
- Book an at-call hard waste collection for large items such as fridges or washing machines. Residents can claim one free collection per financial year. Book a collection online at hardwaste.brimbank.vic.gov.au or call 9249 4728.
- Drop off your items at Brimbank’s Resource Recovery Centre. Accepted items include household electrical appliances (e.g. toasters, kettles), televisions, computers, hard drives, printers, fax machines, fluorescent tubes (including CFLs), and all types of batteries.
- Drop off mobile phones and batteries at Sunshine Library, Sydenham Library, Deer Park Library, Keilor Community Hub and St Albans Library.
- Visit local retail outlets including:
- Aldi: All AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries are accepted
- Australia Post: Up to 3 printer cartridges may be dropped off per customer
- Officeworks Taylors Lakes Computers, laptops, printers, keyboards, mice, hard drives, CDs, DVDs, cables, mobile phones, printer + ink cartridges, batteries, pens + markers. *Limit 5 computers / printers per customer
- Optus Sunshine, St Albans and Watergardens Mobile phones, batteries, accessories and Optus modems (except 5G models)
- Telstra Watergardens mobile phones, tablets, batteries, charges, accessories, mobile wireless internet devices, smart watches, fitness trackers and VR headsets.
- Vodafone Watergardens mobile phones, modems, tablets, video game consoles, smart home devices, fixed line telephones, smart watches and accessories for all devices.
Donate or repair your electronics
Give your electronics a second chance at life. Donate, sell or give away your unwanted e-waste page or take your item to a Repair Cafe.
Remove your personal data before disposal
Worried about your personal information being accessed when your device is being recycled? Go to the Mobile Muster website for instructional videos on how to remove data from your mobile phone.