MELBOURNE NEWS

Sustainability

Where to recycle your e-waste mindfully

A person standing in front of a sign which reads "We can reboot this stuff".

Save your old mobile phone, computer or appliance from landfill by using one of our new drop-off stations, or head to our e-waste drop off day at Argyle Square in Carlton on 21 September.

E-waste is increasing three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia. By 2023–24, our nation will dispose of 223,000 tonnes of computers and televisions per year, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

In fact, anything with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or unwanted is considered e-waste – from computers and monitors, to small appliances and video game consoles.

When these items end up in landfill, hazardous materials like lead, mercury and arsenic can contaminate our groundwater and soil, and harm people’s health.

On the bright side – if disposed of correctly – up to 90 per cent of electronic waste can be recycled, diverting this waste from landfill.

That means we can rescue and reuse valuable non-renewable materials like copper, silver, gold, plastic and glass, many of which have limited reserves.

If we each do our bit, more and more people will dispose of e-waste correctly, leading to growth in the waste and resource recovery sector, and stimulating innovation in new recycling technologies.

Here’s where to drop-off your e-waste in the City of Melbourne.

1. Household batteries
City Library, Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Melbourne City Baths, Library at the Dock and Kensington Town Hall

2. Small to medium items, including mobile phones, tablets, irons, toasters, coffee machines, hair dryers, computers, laptops, printers, monitors, remotes, phone chargers and cables, game consoles and controllers, and DVD players
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Library at The Dock and Kensington Town Hall

3. Medium and large items, including televisions, vacuum cleaners, large appliances, microwaves, electric fans and air conditioners
Dynon Road transfer station (fees may apply)

For more information, including full lists of items accepted at each drop-off station, visit Electronic waste.

Share this story

You may also like
City gardens go wild for wildlife

City gardens go wild for wildlife

Turn your balcony, backyard, community garden, school veggie patch or green rooftop into a haven for birds and bees with free advice from an expert garden guide.  Our passionate Gardens for Wildlife volunteers are on hand to help you create wildlife-friendly...

Green dreams grow with Urban Forest Fund

Green dreams grow with Urban Forest Fund

Watch wildflowers bloom on top of tram stops and see desolate concrete transformed into community gardens with support from our Urban Forest Fund grants. Trees, plants and green open spaces are essential to Melbourne. They help cool the city, reduce pollution, support...

Powerful recycling resolutions

Powerful recycling resolutions

Australians produce about 10 kg of waste per person, per week. Most of this is sent to landfill. To reduce your impact, buy only the things you really need and learn how to recycle right. Reducing the impact of waste is central to our commitment to take action on...

Our sustainable city

Our sustainable city

How Melbourne will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and achieve zero net emissions by 2040. Cities consume about 75 per cent of the world’s energy. So it makes sense that cities are where the climate crisis can be averted. Like all cities around the...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up with what's happening in the City of Melbourne by subscribing to the Melbourne newsletter.

You have successfully subscribed!