E-waste – or electronic waste – refers to unwanted and discarded electrical and electronic products – essentially anything powered by batteries or an electrical cord and plug.
E-waste is growing 3 times faster than any other waste stream. E-waste contains potentially hazardous and valuable materials, which don‘t belong in landfill.
To help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government has banned all e-waste from landfill as of 1 July 2019.
Visit the Sustainability Victoria website to learn more about the e-waste ban and recycling your e-waste.
How to recycle e-waste
E-waste doesn’t belong in any bin. Before gifting, selling or recycling e-waste, it’s essential to wipe all data and perform a factory reset to protect your personal information.
See the how Council can help you to dispose of your e-waste below.
E-waste collection event
Council holds an e-waste collection event in May and October each year. Disposal of e-waste is free for Maroondah residents.
We are now able to accept clean polystyrene, cardboard and textiles along with e-waste.
If you would like to receive updates on our future e-waste events and other waste events, please sign up to our Waste and Sustainability newsletter or Maroondah eNews.
Council’s on-call hard waste collection service
Eligible residential households are entitled to a maximum of two on-call hard waste collections per financial year. Maximum of 2 cubic meters of acceptable items taken per booking.
Book your hard waste collection before putting items onto the nature strip.
For more information visit Council's hard waste page.
Small e-waste items such as mobile phones, chargers, cords, cameras, tablets, torches, smartwatches and cables can be dropped off for free to the Recycling station at Realm.
Customer Service Centres
Household batteries and mobile phones can be dropped off for free at one of Council’s Customer Service Centres.
Other ways to dispose of your e-waste
Local transfer station
There are several privately-run transfer stations in and around Maroondah that will take e-waste. Please note that whilst some transfer stations accept e-waste for free, pricing can change.
Contact your chosen transfer station first or visit their website to get information on up to date costs.
For a list of nearby transfer stations and their contact details see our Recycling and waste centres page.
National Television & Computer Recycling Scheme
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provides Australian householders and small business with access to free recycling services for:
- computer products (such as keyboards, mice and hard drives).
Visit the Planet Ark website for a list of nearby drop off points.
1800 Ewaste (1800 392 783)
1800ewaste is a leading e-waste recycling and collection service dedicated to diverting as much electronic waste from landfill and export as possible.
Visit the 1800ewaste website for more information.
Equipment Recycling Network Inc (ERNI)
Equipment Recycling Network Inc (ERNI) are a self-funded, not-for-profit, registered charity, staffed entirely by volunteers
They rely on donations of computers and related equipment (in working order or not). Selected computers are refurbished and made available to people with disabilities.
- 17 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood
- Ph: 9879 5211
- Donations accepted from 9am – 1pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays
*Not accepting CRT monitors
Visit the ERNI website for more information.
Free drop off service for mobile phones, chargers, batteries and internet dongles.
There are a number of drop off locations throughout Maroondah. Visit the Mobile Muster website for your closest location.
Officeworks stores will accept up to 5 computers and computer accessories, in the one drop-off transaction per customer.
For more information on what items are accepted and closest store location, visit the Officeworks website.
Scipher Technologies provides free drop off for all electronic devices, including TVs, computers, laptops, printers, computer hardware, electrical tools and household appliances. Scipher Technologies is monitored by CCTV 24/7.
Please remove batteries from devices before drop-off.
- 7 Mills Road, Dandenong
- Ph: 1300 406 746
Place items into collection cage at the rear of carpark.
Visit the Scipher Technologies website for more information.