Whitehorse City Council

Electronic Waste

What is e-Waste?

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.

Interesting Facts

  • It takes around 100,000 phones to recover 1 kilogram of gold
  • 99% of your mobile phone can be recycled and re-used
  • 208,256 trees planted is equivalent to carbon emission savings of recycling 26,032 tonnes of e-waste.
  • 1 in 5 Australians admit to hoarding their old electronic devices

Take a look at what’s inside e-waste and why we can take it to a better place:


Why Recycle It?

It’s good for the environment
All 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 reuse
E-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. 

What Can I Do with It?

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

E Waste drop off point at Whitehorse Recycling Waste Centre

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:

 

  • 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
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Cameras
  • DVD players
  • Video recorders
  • Hi Fi Speakers
  • Sound equipment
  • Medical equipment
  • Cooling Devices
  • Heating Devices
  • Mobile & Landline phones
  • VHS tapes CDs and DVDs
  • Electronic Garden Equipment/Tools
 


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.

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.