SOUTH Gippsland residents learnt about the proper disposal of e-waste at a pop-up information booth in Leongatha on Friday.
Tammy Logan of Resource Recovery Gippsland was on hand to explain what e-waste was and how it should be disposed of in the wake of the Victorian government ban on sending e-waste to landfill.
“E-waste is defined as anything with a plug, a cord or a battery, but it also includes fluorescent light globes, printer cartridges and even white goods,” Ms Logan said.
“We’ve now got e-waste drop off points and in South Gippsland that is the six transfer stations.”
Ms Logan said e-waste contained a range of valuable materials including gold, silver and metal that could be re-used but also posed a risk of toxic ingredients leaching into the environment from landfill.
Ms Logan encouraged people to gather up their e-waste until they had enough to make a trip to the transfer station worthwhile. She said there were costs for the disposal of some things but white goods such as washing machines and fridges could still be disposed of free of charge.
Another e-waste information pop-up stall will be held at the Poowong Pickers Festival on Sunday, October 20.