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Know your E-Waste

E-waste – or electronic waste – refers to electronic products that are no longer wanted or working, including:

  • CD players
  • computers
  • mobile phones
  • monitors
  • printers
  • televisions
  • VCRs

Source: Sustainability Victoria

E-waste contains hazardous materials, which can harm the environment and human health. E-waste is growing three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia, due to increased technology trends, reduced product lifespan and consumer demand for new products. Valuable materials contained in e-waste are lost when appliances, computers and other household electrical goods are sent to landfill.

Recycle your e-waste to:

  • reduce landfill
  • protect the air and waterways from harmful materials
  • minimise consumption of raw materials to produce electronic products
  • reduce greenhouse gases created in the production of new materials.

Source : Sustainability Victoria

The way e-waste is processed can vary between recyclers. In general, mercury, plastics, printed circuit boards, ferrous metals and aluminium are separated from e-waste for recycling.

Source: Sustainability Victoria