On this page:
- E-waste storage in Victoria
- E-waste reprocessing in Victoria
- Useful links and resources
- Q&A on e-waste in Victoria
E-waste in Victoria
Electronic waste (e-waste) is defined as waste in the form of electrical or electronic equipment, devices or things (or materials or parts of such equipment, devices or things), the operation of which is dependent on, or designed for the generation, transfer or measurement of, an electric current or electromagnetic field.
This means any device that has a plug, battery or power cord that is no longer working or wanted. It includes a range of items we use and discard from our homes and businesses, for example televisions, computers, mobile phones, kitchen appliances, whitegoods, rechargeable batteries and photovoltaic panels.
The Victorian Government has banned e-waste from landfill in Victoria, effective 1 July 2019. E-waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia. This ban helps to address the risks and opportunities associated with this rapid rate of growth.
More information about the ban can be found in the Waste Management Policy (E-waste) and on e-waste in Victoria (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning).
E-waste must be separated from the storing, processing and disposal of other waste, as it can contain hazardous materials. These can harm human health and the environment. Also, valuable materials can be recovered for reuse from e-waste.
Both e-waste and processed e-waste materials must be handled and stored with due care to avoid leakage and the release of hazardous substances into air, water or soil.
E-waste storage in Victoria
E-waste storage in Victoria has information about storing e-waste to avoid leakages and hazardous substances being released into the air, water or soil.
This information is for businesses that store e-waste before it is transported to another facility for reprocessing. This includes local council transfer stations, resource recovery centres and other collection points for items like televisions, computers, mobile phones, batteries and lights.
E-waste reprocessing in Victoria
E-waste reprocessing in Victoria has information about legal and licensing requirements for the reprocessing of e-waste.
This information is for businesses that reprocess e-waste as part of their operation.
Useful links and resources
Australian Standards and Codes
- Sustainability Victoria – information about the E-waste Infrastructure Support Program and resources like signage for resource recovery centres.
- Sustainability Victoria – information about the public e-waste campaign.
- Victorian Building Authority – information about the regulation of building construction, building standards and the maintenance of specific building safety features to protect the safety and health of people who use buildings.
Contact EPA about e-waste via email at email@example.com or call 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).