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As of 1st July 2019 e-waste is no longer accepted in any bin or landfill sites across Victoria. Instead, it must be taken to dedicated drop-off points where it will be collected for resource recovery.
WHAT IS E-WASTE?
If it’s got a plug, battery or cord and is unwanted, it’s e-waste. It could be any of a whole range of items from work, home or even the garden shed. From old phones, computers and household appliances to power tools and toys.
WHY RECOVER IT?
Electronic waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste. When you consider what is inside e-waste and that up to 90% of it can be recovered and made into something else, it makes no sense to bury electronic objects in the ground once we are finished with them.
It contains materials that we can recover and reuse.
E-waste contains a whole range of valuable non-renewable materials such as tin, nickel, zinc, aluminium, copper, silver and gold. Although only very small amounts of each of these precious metals go into making any one device, when they are collected in large numbers the amounts can quickly add up.
For example, a million mobile phones contain an estimated 15–16 tonnes of copper, 340–350 kilograms of silver and 24–34 kilograms of gold. When you consider there are more than 22 million discarded mobile handsets in Australia and growing, we’re throwing away a lot of precious resources.
It contains potentially hazardous materials
Many forms of e-waste contain heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium as well as ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCS) and flame retardants. Even in small amounts, these dangerous chemicals can cause environmental contamination.
But when you multiply it by the millions of e-waste items being left in landfills, the situation becomes much more serious. In fact, 70 per cent of toxic chemicals found in landfill come from e-waste.
WHERE DO I TAKE IT?
To find out more about e-waste and where to take it, go to ewaste.vic.gov.au
Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resort Management has been a member of North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (previously North East Victoria Regional Waste Management Group (NevRwaste) for over 10 years.
NEWRRG works in partnership with other state and local authorities to implement the State's waste management policies and strategies at a regional and local level.
To learn more about NEWRRG visit their website: www.newrrg.vic.gov.au.
Why does waste matter?
The videos on the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group website demonstrate the importance of separating waste, with some great insight into where our household waste ends up. To watch the videos, click here.
While the information on the videos is not specific to the Alpine Resorts, it communicates the same message encouraging us to Minimise Waste – Maximise Recovery – Remove Organics. Resort Management has made it easy for you to actively help us in preserving and protecting our special environment.
All recycling is to be placed in clear plastic bags (available from Resort Management, in the garbage huts or by contacting the Contact Waste Contractor on 0427 411 418)
Bags must be tied and placed in one of the 28 garbage huts located around the village.
Organic waste should be collected in the small, sealable plastic bags (available from Resort Management, in the garbage huts or by contacting the Contact Waste Contractor on 0427 411 418). Green ‘food only’ buckets and organics caddies are also available from Resort Mangment. They should be sealed and placed in one of the 28 garbage huts located around the village.
General waste should be collected in black garbage bags, tied and placed in one of the 28 grabage huts located around the village.
For further information, please download a waste management brochure here.
Please DO NOT put any hard waste items in village waste huts or on kerbside.
This is considered illegal dumping and heavy penalties do apply.
It is also very costly for Resort staff and waste contractors to continually collect, manage and dispose of these unwanted items left in waste huts and around the village.
You are responsible for your own hard waste and you must take items to an appropriate disposal facility (see below).
Mansfield Resource Recovery Centre (Transfer Station)
163 Monkey Gully Road
Mansfield VIC 3723
(click here for opening hours and fees)
For information on what e-waste can be disposed at the Mansfield Resource Recovery Centre, please visit the e-waste website here.
Across Victoria, the management of waste has changed significantly. Hard waste must now be sorted very carefully so that maximum recovery of materials is achieved. It is now not permissible or feasible for our waste contractors to collect skips of mixed hard waste (either placed in the village, or at the Boggy Corner Waste Transfer Station).
Despite landfill fees increasing significantly there has been no increase in the cost of overall waste disposal to stakeholders for many years, for the disposal of municipal waste to landfill and comingled recyclables to reprocessors. There are significant cost increases that Resort Management will experience with the local impacts of the National Sword Policy imposed by China.
If you have any questions or require further information about hard waste services within the Resorts, please feel free to contact Environmental Services staff at Resort Management on (03) 5777 6077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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