Chemicals and e-waste

What is e-waste?

E-waste is any electronic item that has a plug, battery or cord.

The Victorian Government banned all E-waste from landfill in July 2019. This means you cannot put any E-waste item in your bins and it must go to a specialist recycler.

Our transfer stations will accept a range of household electrical appliances for free.

This includes mobiles and chargers, desktop computers, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, computer power supplies, network cards, CD drives, televisions, VCR players, DVD players and all whitegoods or appliances with a power plug/cord.

You can also dispose of old mobile phones, batteries and chargers as part of the MobileMuster collection.

Why recycle e-waste?

Because it's good for the environment. 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.

Even in small amounts, these dangerous chemicals can cause environmental contamination. But when you multiply it by millions of e-waste items being left in landfills or stored inappropriately, the situation becomes much more serious.

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.

E-waste can contain a whole range of precious materials, many which are non-renewable:

  • tin
  • nickel
  • zinc
  • aluminium
  • copper
  • silver
  • gold
  • glass
  • plastic

Learn more about recycling e-waste by visiting Sustainability Victoria.

Cartridges 4 PlanetArk

To help you make your home or office a little greener, you can now drop off your used or empty laser and ink-jet cartridges at all our customer service centres. Any toner or ink cartridge from a fax, photocopier or printer will be accepted in the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' drop-off boxes. Look for the white collection box in Council foyers.

Planet Ark aims to return cartridges to the original producers to be re-manufactured. The rest are dismantled and used to make products like pens, rulers, outdoor furniture and white goods.

To find out more, visit Cartridges 4 Planet Ark or Recycling near you.

Detox Your Home service

Unwanted chemicals may harm the environment when you pour them down the sink or put them in the rubbish bin. Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home service allows you to dispose of these chemicals safely. Chemicals include: acid and alkalis, cleaners, cooking oil, detergents, disinfectants, paint stripper, thinner, turps, rat poison, fertiliser, insect spray and some fuels. 

Items not accepted are: Ammunition, asbestos, batteries, business or commercial quantities of chemicals,  lights, gas cylinders, medical waste, motor oil and paint. 

Free drop-off for unwanted household and trade paint through paintback up to 100 litres.

Empty pain tins are accepted at our transfer stations.

Mobile phone recycling

Council and MobileMuster, the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry, are calling on residents to recycle their old mobile phone handsets, batteries, chargers and accessories at collection points throughout the Macedon Ranges, or post them free of charge to MobileMuster. Log onto MobileMuster to download your Free Post mailing label.

We also accept mobile phones for free at our transfer stations

Mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories are not biodegradable and should not be thrown in the rubbish bin where they will end up in landfill. More than 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered for reuse. They contain many useful metals like copper, silver and gold as well as plastic that can be recovered.

Chemclear

Chemclear provides a safe and reliable collection and disposal service to all agricultural and veterinary chemical users across Australia. For more information, see: Chemclear.

drumMUSTER

We participate in the drumMUSTER recycling program that allows you to dispose of empty chemical containers anytime at our Kyneton Transfer Station for recycling.

drumMUSTER is a national program that has been set up for the collection and recycling of cleaned and eligible chemical containers.

This is a free service.

Dry and triple-rinsed containers and drums marked with the drumMUSTER symbol will be accepted.

A-Z guide of waste

Check out our A-Z Waste guide of what goes where.