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E-waste (electronic waste)

E-waste is electronic waste. You have several options of recycling your e-waste in Knox.

NOTE: information contained in the 2023 waste calendar insert in the November Knox News had incorrect information regarding e-Waste collections.

Not all e-waste items are accepted free of charge.

Visit Knox Recycling and Transfer Station for more details.

E-waste regulations

Electronic waste is no longer accepted in any bin or landfill site across Victoria.

E-waste can contain hazardous and valuable materials which shouldn't end up in landfill.

Recycling e-waste

It's easy to recycle old and unwanted electronic items.

E-waste can be:

  • put out with your booked hard waste service and our contractor will collect and recycle it. Eligible households can book a hard waste collection
  • dropped off at the Knox Recycling & Waste Transfer Station. Fees may apply. (No charge for televisions and computer monitors)
  • dropped off at an industry-run recycling drop-off point. (No charge for TVs and computers).

Find a list of drop off points near you.

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste can be any of a whole range of items from work, home or even the garden shed.

Types of e-waste items Examples of e-waste items

Large appliances

  • Refrigerators
  • Washing machines
  • Cookers
  • Microwaves
  • Electric fans
  • Air conditioners

Small appliances

  • Irons
  • Toasters
  • Coffee machines
  • Hair dryers
  • Watches

Tech and TV equipment

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Mobile phones
  • Televisions
  • Remote controls

Lighting equipment

  • Fluorescent lamps
  • High intensity
  • Discharge lamps
  • Compact fluorescent lamps
  • LEDs

Electrical and power tools

  • Power drills
  • Power screwdrivers
  • Circular saws
  • Power jigsaws
  • Power sanders

Toys, leisure and sports equipment

  • Electric trains and racing cars
  • Hand-held video games
  • Consoles
  • Amplifiers
  • Musical instruments
  • Radios

Other e-waste

  • Medical devices
  • Automatic dispensers
  • Thermostats

Benefits of recycling e-waste

Electronic waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste.

Recycling these items will:

  • reduce landfill
  • protect the environment
  • encourage safe management of hazardous materials found in e-waste
  • enable greater recovery of the valuable materials.

How e-waste is processed and reused

Once your e-waste has been collected or dropped off

  • Items are carefully disassembled
  • Remaining components are shredded. Data destruction also takes place at this stage
  • Raw materials are processed and sorted
  • Repurposed e-waste is sold to suppliers to make new products.

More information

To find out more about e-waste and where to take it, visit Sustainability Victoria.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

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