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E-waste in kerbside side collection has risen and so does concerns for a potential incident.

By Portal Admin - 1st March 2020 - Back to News

Six months has passed since the introduction of the state-wide laws banning E-waste from kerbside rubbish collections. E-waste’ is any unwanted electronic item which has a plug, cord or battery. It covers a whole range of items from work, home or the garden shed.

Council established E-Waste collection points across the municipality including libraries, service centres and transfer stations to allow residents to dispose of E-waste for free. Since the collection points were established the E-waste bins have collected hundreds of kilos of E-waste which has now gone on to be correctly processed and recycled.

E-waste laws require that all E-waste must now be disposed of correctly via the various collection points.

Over the last few months the amount of E-waste being found in kerbside side collection has risen, causing concern that a potential incident may occur.

Most laptops and battery powered tools contain lithium-ion batteries, which can explode and have the potential to combust. If E-waste is disposed of via kerbside collection bins, the batteries in some items may become damaged in the collection truck. This is one of the reasons why E-waste drop off points are so important to prevent an incident from occurring.

If Latrobe City residents are unsure of what item belongs in what bin, they can check out the updated ‘A-Z Waste and Recycling Guide’ via our website.


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