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Dispose of old electronic items for free

Image of e-waste like computer, keyboard, batteries, mouse.

Dispose of your unwanted electrical items for free at a special event in April.

Thursday 21 March 2019

Do you have an old computer, phone, printer or other electronic device cluttering up your house or shed?

If so, come along to an event in April where you can recycle your unwanted electronic products (e-waste) for free.

The event is planned to help residents prepare for the Victorian Government’s ban on e-waste going to landfill from 1 July.

E-waste is a broad category that relates to anything that uses batteries, has a cord or plug.

“These products contain valuable materials that can be recycled such as gold, steel, copper, zinc, aluminium and brass,” said Phil Josipovic, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“They also have a few hazardous materials like lead, mercury and cadmium, which we need to keep out of landfill,” said Mr Josipovic.

“This is an excellent opportunity to get rid of any small or medium unwanted electrical or battery operated items and make sure they are recycled and disposed of appropriately,” he said.

Residents can bring along medium and small sized items, such as phones, computers, keyboards, speakers, power tools, and more. For health and safety reasons large items such as fridges, washing machines, large TVs, air conditioner units, etc. may not be dropped off at the event.

Council is coordinating this event in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services and Sims Metal Management.

Event details

What: Free e-waste drop off event (small and medium sized items only)
When: 10.00am to 3.00pm on Saturday 13 April
Where: Wesley Hill Sports Complex car park, McGrath Street, Castlemaine.

Those people who can’t attend the free event can also drop off items at our waste facilities in Castlemaine and Maldon during opening hours, although fees do apply.

The disposal fees at our waste facilities cover transport and recycling costs. Fees are:
• Large items such as solar panels, fridges and washing machines - $20 per item.
• Medium items such as laptops, printers and toasters - $10 per item.
• Small items such as phones and cables - $5.

Image: Examples of e-waste.

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