Council’s transfer stations currently accept e-waste free of charge. E-waste is then collected and processed through a product stewardship scheme operated by TechCollect.
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. To protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from landfill from 1 July 2019. We have received two grants of $88,750 for infrastructure upgrades to the Daylesford and Creswick transfer stations in preparation for the ban.
Why recycle e-Waste?
All e-waste can contain hazardous materials. These can range from heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and flame retardants. These substances can leach into soil and groundwater, or release into the air, creating long term environmental contamination issues. Many of these substances are particularly dangerous because they do not break down easily, meaning they stay in the environment for a very long time.