Council reminds residents that from Monday 1 July 2019 all e-waste is banned from landfill sites and kerbside bins throughout Victoria.

E-waste is the fastest-growing stream of waste worldwide and covers everything from old mobile phones, computers, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair dryers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners.

From 1 July 2019 residents will need to take all their unwanted e-waste to one of Council’s transfer stations in Birchip or Sea Lake for recycling.

These two sites have been upgraded under the State Government’s investment to help Councils across the state upgrade e-waste collection and storage facilities.

Both sites were identified by Sustainability Victoria as key sites to ensure residents don’t have to travel more than 30 minutes to recycle their e-waste.

Council has budgeted $30,00 to upgrade all other sites across Buloke to accept e-waste and will keep residents informed on the development of these upgrades and when they come on line for the collection of e-waste.

Find out more about what e-waste is, where to take it, and how you can minimise your e-waste at

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To REDUCE the use of Natural Resources

The metals, glass and plastics used in making electronic goods are mined from the earth’s naturally produced resources. These resources are limited in the amount that can be extracted. The extraction of these natural resources also disturbs plants and animals residing in these areas. Recycling the metals, glass and plastics in electronic goods also reduces the amount of water and energy that are used in the manufacturing process compared to using virgin produced metals, glass and plastics.

To REDUCE pollution

Monitors and screens contain toxic chemicals including barium, phosphor, lead and hexavalent chromium and other electronic goods also contain various chemicals that are harmful to the environment. These materials pose no threat while they are contained within equipment, but if they are disposed of in landfill they could eventually leach into nearby waterways and the environment and possibly into our own drinking water.

To REDUCE clutter around your home

Some people keep electronic goods in the hope one day they’ll get them repaired or they are unsure where they should be correctly disposed of. The Materials Recovery Facilities in Swan Hill and Wycheproof often receive electronic items in the kerbisde recycling collections. These facilities CANNOT recycle your e-waste and they send it to landfill. If you take advantage of this new program, all of your unwanted electrical waste WILL be recycled instead of being disposed of in our local landfills.

What Happens to the E-Waste?

Electronic goods will be collected from the transfer stations and delivered to PGM Refiners recycling facility in Hallam. The goods will be broken down into various components including plastics, glass, metals, wiring, circuit boards and then sent to various recovery facilities for recycling. Some of these components can be recycled into new products whilst others such as metals can be recycled and reused over and over again.