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Dispose of unwanted e-waste items for free

Published on 08 July 2019
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From 1 July 2019, all electronic waste in Victoria has been banned from going to landfill.

Residents can prepare for the ban by taking any electronic items (except for whitegoods) to Council’s next e-waste collection event at Council’s Operations Centre in Croydon.

The event will be held on Saturday 20 July, from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Council hosts regular e-waste collection events. Disposal of e-waste is free for Maroondah residents and there is no need to book.

Councillor and Chair on the Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee Marijke Graham encouraged residents to take advantage of Council’s free event being offered in partnership with leading waste management services ToxFree and TechCollect.

“The Victorian Government is banning e-waste from being sent to landfill from 1 July 2019.

“There are many options in and around Maroondah for recycling your e-waste. One option is dropping your e-waste at your nearest transfer station during opening hours for safe and responsible disposal. Many tips and recycling centres are open seven days a week,” Cr Graham said.

Electronic waste (e-waste) refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord which is no longer working or wanted.

“Battery operated toys and unwanted electronic goods such as small kitchen appliances, computers, televisions and video recorders contain valuable resources such as gold, copper and silver. When recycled properly, these non-renewable materials can be recovered and repurposed into something new,” Cr Graham said.

“E-waste is growing three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia, due to increased technology trends, reduced product lifespan and consumer demand for new products. E-waste contains hazardous materials, which can be harmful to the environment and human health,” she said.

Read more on e-waste recycling options in Maroondah

To learn more about the e-waste ban and recycling your e-waste, visit the Sustainability Victoria website.

Maroondah e-waste collection event

When: Saturday 20 July, 8.30am to 3.30pm
Where: Council’s Operations Centre at 24-28 Lincoln Road, Croydon

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