Ararat e-waste ban reminder
Ararat municipal leaders have joined a local government chorus in reminding residents that a state ban on dumping electronic waste into landfill will come into effect from July 1.
Ararat Rural City Council has stressed that e-waste, which includes any item that has an electrical cord, plug or uses batteries to operate, was growing three times faster than the rate of standard municipal waste, and contained many potentially hazardous and valuable materials that were inappropriate for landfill.
Council chief executive Tim Harrison said the State Government was introducing the ban to protect the environment and recover more precious resources.
“Households these days accumulate a large number of broken, replaced and unwanted electronic items, from televisions, mobile phones and computers to children’s toys and white goods,” he said.
“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 Ararat Transfer Station.”
Dr Harrison said construction of an e-waste storage shed at Ararat Transfer Station had been completed to accommodate an expected increase in e-waste recycling.
“There is a cost associated with dropping off e-waste to the recycling stations. This will be, once the council 2019-2020 budget has been approved, $10 per small item and $25 for large items. This cost is to help cover the costs of reprocessing these items.”