Computers contain a range of hazardous substances such as lead, cadmium and mercury, that must be disposed of carefully to minimise risk to human health and the environment.

Do not dispose of computers or computer parts in your garbage bin.

Refurbish your computer

Have your old computer or laptop refurbished or used for spare parts. Visit Reboot-IT or check the Yellow Pages for companies that repair and resell used computers.

Recycle your computer

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme has created a number of drop off points for the free recycling of computers and TVs across Australia to reduce the amount of e-waste disposed of in landfill.

The recycling program is open to all residents and small businesses. A maximum of 15 items per person will be accepted.

The nearest drop off points for Moreland residents are:

  • Drop Zone at Officeworks, 64 Gaffney Street, Coburg - please note this site will only accept computers and peripherals, and
  • Tech Collect at Moonee Valley Transfer Station, 188 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds - please note this site will accept computers and TVs.

Items accepted at drop off points include:

  • Computers: desktops, laptops, notebooks, PDAs, tablets, all other computers
  • Monitors and projectors: CRT monitors and projectors, LCD and flat screen monitors
  • Printers and multi-functional devices (MFDs)
  • Computer peripherals: power supplies, adaptors, UPS, cables, parts and accessories

Items not accepted at drop off points include:

  • DVD players, VCRs, set top boxes
  • Hazardous waste: CRTs that have been removed from their cases, batteries that are not an integral part of the system
  • White goods: refrigerators, washing machines, dryers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Microwaves
  • Other electrical household appliances, and
  • Packaging and other materials.

Annual hard waste collection

Computers and peripherals can be placed out for collection during Council's annual kerbside hard waste collection. All computers collected as part of the hard waste collection will be recycled.