E-waste is the fastest growing category of waste worldwide. One in five Australians have a stash of unwanted e-waste items like phones, laptops and batteries in their house or office. From 1 July 2019, e-waste will no longer be accepted in landfill sites across Victoria, it must be recycled. E-waste contains valuable resources that can be reused as well as some nasty materials that are bad for the environment.
This week libraries in St Kilda, Port Melbourne and Albert Park have installed e-waste recycling bins. Any small electronic item with a cord or a battery can now be recycled for free at participating libraries as well as the Resource Recovery Centre.