RESIDENTS will no longer be able to put their e-waste in the trash after a state government ban comes into effect on July 1.
Electronic waste, or e-waste, is growing three times faster than municipal waste in Australia thanks to growing technology trends, said Sustainability Victoria's director of resource recovery Matt Genever.
"It's one of the fastest growing waste streams we have and to put that in perspective, if you look at televisions and computers they'll grow by 60 per cent in Victoria to 85,000 tonnes by 2024," he said.
When the government announced the ban in October 2018 it said the amount of e-waste in Victoria was projected to grow from 109,000 tonnes in 2015 to approximately 256,000 in 2035.
"It's about protecting the environment and human health," Mr Genever said. "There are a number of types of e-waste that can contain hazardous material like cadmium in tv screens and monitors."
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Dr Tim Harrison said would change the way we dispose of e-waste.
"The ban means that e-waste can no longer be disposed of in any bin so we are encouraging residents to use the e-waste recycling facilities at the Ararat Transfer Station."
Dr Harrison also said construction of an e-waste storage shed at the Ararat Transfer Station has just been completed to accommodate the expected increase in e-waste recycling, and Mr Genever said residents can search for disposal points at www.ewaste.vic.gov.au.
Mr Genever defined e-waste is anything with a "plug, cord or battery."
"It could be something as large as a television or a full computer, or as small as a curling iron," he said.
There is also be an economic benefit to the ban.
"It's also about recovering valuable resources," Mr Genever said.
"A lot of it contains precious metals. From phones there's $2.5 million in wasted copper. We want to make sure we're collecting that material, recycling it and putting that value back into the economy. (Copper) is about $6000 a tonne on the open market."
It is hoped the ban will help Victoria get ahead of the growing problem
"It's really about getting ahead of the curve," Mr Genever said.
"Too often we're trying to deal with a problem after it has arisen, but really what we're saying here is we know it's a really fast growing waste stream, we know there are implications in putting it in landfill so we're trying to act now."
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