If it’s got a plug, battery or cord and is unwanted, it’s e-waste. From old phones, computers and household appliances to power tools and toys.
Take a look at what’s inside e-waste and why we can take it to a better place:
It’s good for the environmentAll e-waste products can contain hazardous materials. Ranging from heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCS) and flame retardants. Even in small amounts, these dangerous chemicals can cause environmental contamination.
But when you multiply it by the millions of e-waste items being left in landfills, the situation becomes much more serious.
It’s good to recover and reuseE-waste also contains a whole range of valuable materials, including tin, nickel, zinc, aluminium, copper, silver, gold and plastic.
A million mobile phones contain an estimated 15–16 tonnes of copper, 340–350 kilograms of silver and 24–34 kilograms of gold. When you consider there are more than 22 million discarded mobile handsets in Australia and growing, we’re throwing away a lot of precious resources.
Keep it out of landfill
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 landfill. Hazardous and precious metals aside, this huge 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.
While you can’t put your e-waste in your kerb side bin services, you can use any of the services outlined below to recycle your e-waste or visit ewaste.vic.gov.au
Council provides a free of charge e-waste recycling drop-off service at the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre, corner of Burwood Highway and Morack Road, Vermont South.
The recycling service accepts the following:
Each year in Australia, about 7000 tonnes of household batteries contaminate the environment by ending up in landfill. Make a difference by dropping off your household batteries for recycling at Council’s battery collection points:
Council recycles all domestic alkaline batteries up to the size of a 9 volt battery (single use and rechargeable) free of charge including: Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion). This service is only available for residential household batteries and not for commercial battery recycling or for commercial quantities of household batteries. Council will not accept leaking batteries or non-domestic alkaline batteries.
Please note: Car Batteries are accepted at the Recycling & Waste Centre, Corner Burwood Hwy and Morack Rd Vermont South.
Council has set up light globe recycling bins and boxes across the municipality for residents to drop off used or unwanted light bulbs. Old-style pear-shaped incandescent light globes and compact fluorescent lampsare no longer being sold in Australia (since November 2009).
The main drop-off point for residents wishing to recycle their old globes are:
This service is for residents only (not commercial operations or businesses).
There are no fees or charges for residents to drop off their old globes for recycling. Council has allocated budget to cover the cost of establishing the recycling bins and for collection and processing of the redundant light globes.
CMA Ecocycle are a recycling organisation that have supplied Council with the bins to collect the light globes. The globes will be taken to a recycling plant where almost all of the components are recycled.
For further information you can get in touch on the phone 1300 32 62 92 or by visiting their website.
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