Whitehorse City Council

Electronic Waste

Continual improvements in technology and increased consumerism mean that there are always new models on the market, resulting in people regularly updating their computers, mobile phones, printers and appliances. Quite often the old technology collects dust in cupboards and sheds, eventually ending up in landfill.
 
Computer and other electronic equipment is made up of several components, some containing toxic chemicals that become hazardous if dumped in landfill. Every year, a huge amount of this equipment is disposed of when it could be reused or recycled. Old circuit boards, RAM and central processing units can be reused and metal, plastic and other materials can be recycled. Alternatively, charities and schools often need refurbished computers.
 Council encourages the community to dispose of their obsolete electronic items responsibly as part of existing recycling and recovery initiatives. 


eWaste Drop Off at the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre

Council has partnered with TechCollect (representing ANZ-ARP) to provide 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:

  • Desktop and laptop computers plus all cables, monitors and parts e.g. internal hard drives and CD drives)
  • Keyboards and mice, web cameras, USBs and modems
  • Tablets, notebooks and palmtops
  • Printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices
  • All televisions.

The service is provided as part of the federal government’s National E-waste Recycling Scheme. Some of the infrastructure at the site has been financed through a state government grant.


Mobile Phone Recycling

There are more than 22 million mobile phones stashed away in cupboards and drawers when more than 90 per cent of the plastics and metals in mobile phones, batteries and accessories recovered during recycling can be turned into jewellery, stainless steel products and plastic fence posts.

MobileMuster is the official national recycling program of the mobile phone industry in Australia. Initiated voluntarily by the telecommunications industry in 1999, its overall aim is to prevent mobile phones ending up in landfill.

The program collects and recycles mobile phone handsets, batteries and accessories from a network of more than 4500 mobile phone retailers, local councils, government agencies and business drop off points across Australia. A list of all participating collection points can be found on MobileMuster's website.
Please note, Council does not collect mobiles from residents.

Battery Recycling

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:

  • Recycling and Waste Centre, corner Burwood Highway and Morack Road, Vermont South
  • Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
  • Box Hill Service Centre, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

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.


Light Globe Recycling

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:

  • Recycling and Waste Station, Corner Burwood Highway and Morack Road, Vermont South
  • Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379 – 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
  • Forest Hill Customer Service Centre, Forest Hill Chase, Forest Hill
  • Box Hill Customer Service Centre, Box Hill Town Hall

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.

Lamp Recyclers, a light globe recycling organisation have supplied Council with the bins and boxes to collect the light globes. The globes will then be taken to a recycling plant where almost all of the globe’s components are recycled.

For further information you can get in touch on the phone 1300 789 917 or by visiting their website.