The statewide ban on sending electronic waste (e-waste) to landfill came into effect last week.

The ban means residents can no longer dispose of items such as mobile phones, computers, monitors, printers, televisions, CD players, refrigerators, heaters, toasters and other white goods in their regular rubbish.

With the ban now in place, Brimbank council has established e-waste drop-off points at Keilor, Sydenham, Sunshine, Deer Park and
St Albans.

Brimbank mayor Lucinda Congreve urged the community to take advantage of the free system, but encouraged a sustainable mindset.

“We have set up lots of options including upgrading the Resource Recovery Centre in Keilor where you can take e-waste items like computers, televisions, printers and car batteries and new drop-off points to collect small e-waste items, to make it as easy as possible to recover and recycle e-waste,” she said.

“Consider donating your unwanted items to a charity or offering them to friends or family. You might be surprised how much use your device still might have.”

Larger items such as fridges and washing machines should be recycled through the hard waste service, which has recently moved to an “at call” model.

For more information and drop-off point locations visit: www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/ewaste