To protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government has banned all e-waste from landfill as of 1 July 2019.

What is E-waste?

E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted. It covers a whole range of items from work, home and even the garden shed.

What can I do with my E-waste?

Recycling your e-waste is important and necessary. But it is even better is to try and avoid creating e-waste in the first place.
If you have an item you no longer need but still works and is in good condition, consider trying to find a new home for it first. There are many people happy to take quality second-hand goods.

You could:

  • offer it to friends or family, or try swapping or giving it away for free via an online recycling site;
  • donate it to a charity or Not-For-Profit organisation – but first make sure they’re happy to accept it;
  • sell it. There’s a large market for quality second-hand electronics. You’ll make money and help reduce the e-waste burden.

What is Council doing about E-waste?

Council has collection points at the Beaufort and Avoca Information Centres for:

•  Household batteries  
•  Discarded mobile phones and chargers

Beaufort, Avoca and Snake Valley Transfer Stations have e-waste collection points for e-waste items such as small appliances, fridges, washing machines, televisions and computers.

The following are free to drop off for Pyrenees residents:

  • Televisions, printers, computer equipment (including monitors);
  • Small appliances such irons, toasters and kettles ($5 per item for non-residents);
  • DVD players and microwaves ($10 per item for non-residents);
  • White goods like fridges and washing machines ($20 per item for non-residents). Fridges will need to have an approved gas removal label.

Pyrenees Shire Council is working with Sustainability Victoria to ensure e-waste is collected and recycled responsibly.

Visit Sustainability Victoria for more information.