City of Port Phillip expands e-waste service

Melbourne’s City of Port Phillip is leading the charge on the recyclability of e-waste, with a new service to include power cords and batteries.

Residents can now place all personal items that have a power cord or a battery, in their hard waste collection piles for recycling, or drop them off at council’s transfer station in South Melbourne.

Mayor Bernadene Voss welcomed the expanded service.

“This initiative places us at the forefront of diverting hazardous material from landfill, well ahead of next year’s state-wide ban on e-waste going to landfill.

Cr Voss said common cord and battery items include keyboards, computer mice, remote controls, hairdryers, toasters, children’s toys, kitchen appliances and technology equipment with batteries.

“The newly included items are in addition to our usual e-waste products like TVs, computers and mobile phones. All of these items can now be picked up for free from residents who make a hard waste collection booking, or dropped-off for free at our South Melbourne transfer station.”

Council stressed that e-waste items cannot be placed in the household recycling bin and that all recyclables collected, including residents’ e-waste, go to accredited reyclers.

The council’s move comes as the Victorian Government this week announced its consultation on its proposed approach to managing e-waste in Victoria, including a statewide ban on e-waste going to landfill starting July 2018.

Council has received a Sustainability Victoria Improving Resource Recovery grant to part-fund the creation of a video to explain the new e-waste definition and upcoming e-waste landfill ban to residents; along with how and where to safely dispose of and recycle these items in Port Phillip.

Image: Mayor Bernadene Voss announces that residents are already able to have more e-waste items recycled for free by Port Phillip Council.