Electronic waste

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E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted. 

If you need to dispose of an item, please don’t put it in your kerbside bins. It is now illegal in Victoria to dispose of e-waste in landfill.

Where can I take my unwanted e-waste and batteries?

There are several drop-off points throughout Indigo Shire for free e-waste and battery recycling:

  • Beechworth Library and Customer Service Centre
  • Chiltern IGA
  • Rutherglen Library and Customer Service Centre
  • Yackandandah Library and Customer Service Centre
  • Beechworth transfer station
  • Rutherglen transfer station 


What items are considered e-waste?

E-waste is growing three times faster than the rate of other types of municipal waste, and these items contain many potentially hazardous materials that will now be diverted from landfill.

This includes:

  • Household items -  Fridges, microwaves, irons, kettles, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, electric fans
  • TV and telecommunications equipment - Computers, tablets and accessories, printers, mobile phones and televisions
  • Electrical items - Power tools, leaf blowers, electronic lawnmowers and sewing machines
  • Toys, leisure and sporting equipment - Hand-held video games and consoles, musical equipment, radios, remote control toys and any toys that take batteries.
  • Lighting -  LEDs and fluorescent lamps

Please note: household items, toys, leisure and sporting equipment should be taken to your local transfer station

What will happen to the e-waste?

E-waste will will not end up in landfill. It will be collected and taken apart so that valuable components can be retrieved and hazardous materials removed.

Although e-waste is technically recycled, please don’t put it in your yellow recycling bin – it can’t be processed with the other recyclables.