Gannawarra Shire Council operates four Transfer Stations throughout the Shire which accept a range of materials. All Transfer Stations are staffed and have specific operating hours. Household types and quantities of recyclables are accepted free of charge at all Stations.
Below is a listing of operating hours and charges. Should you require more information please contact the Kerang Office on (03) 5450 9333.
To download Gannawarra Shire Council Transfer Station Fees & Charges, click here(PDF, 348KB).
For Barham Transfer Station fees, please contact Murray River Council on 1300 087 004.
The old Kerang Transfer Station office is scheduled to be demolished this month, with a new e-waste disposal and recycling shed to be built.
drumMUSTER is the national program for collection and recycling of empty, cleaned farm chemical containers.
Chemical users pay 4 cents per litre or kilogram levy on eligible products sold in non-returnable containers. Containers are identified by a logo (sticker, label or embossed) which shows they are eligible for recycling through drumMUSTER.
All of Gannawarra Shire Council's Transfer stations are drumMUSTER locations. The Transfer Stations will accept drums during normal operating hours, but will require you to book in advance.
For more information visit the Drummuster website.
As of 1 July 2019, e-waste materials that no longer work or are used will be banned from being placed in rubbish bins and landfills throughout Victoria.
After this date all e-waste - which refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted - needs to be collected at drop-off points throughout the State.
Gannawarra Shire Council's e-waste drop-off locations are the Cohuna Transfer Station and Kerang Transfer Station. Both facilities received upgrades in early 2019 to accommodate the increase of e-waste materials, thanks to a State Government initiative that provided $15 million for the upgrading of 130 e-waste collection facilities throughout Victoria.
To help further reduce landfill, Lalbert Transfer Station has received a new recycling trailer while the Quambatook Transfer Station has seen improvements to accommodate waste and recycling.
These upgrades mean that all e-waste - including any item that has batteries, a plug or cord - will be able to be recycled.
A $25 charge applies for each computer monitor, laptop or television handed in as these items contain toxic chemicals – such as barium, phosphor, lead and hexavalent chromium – which require special handling. All other e-waste is accepted FREE of charge.
White goods cannot currently be accepted as part of this program.
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.
E-waste is full of valuable resources we can reuse, as well as some nasty materials that are bad for the environment. Rather than putting it in the bin and sending it to landfill, we should take it to a better place where we can remove the bad and save the good.
Electronic waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste. The good news is that e-waste is more than 95 per cent recyclable. For example, old mobile phones can be recycled to make stainless steel goods, new batteries and even plastic fence posts.
For more details visit the Sustainability Victoria e-waste website.
It takes around 100,000 phones to recover 1 kilogram of gold
99% of your mobile phone can be recycled and re-used
208,256 trees planted is equivalent to carbon emission savings of recycling 26,032 tonnes of e-waste.
- 1 in 5 Australians admit to hoarding their old electronic devices
Why recycle it?
There are many reasons why you should recycle e-waste.
It’s good for the environment.
All e-waste products can contain hazardous materials. Ranging from heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium to 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.
It’s good to recover and reuse.
E-waste also contains a whole range of valuable materials, including tin, nickel, zinc, aluminium, copper, silver, gold and plastic.
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.
Keep it out of landfill.
In 2016, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide. Of this enormous figure, only about 20 per cent, or 8.9 million metric tonnes was recycled. The rest ended up in landfill. Hazardous and precious metals aside, this huge volume of ‘stuff’ we’re trying to hide underground is not sustainable. When you think about all the other rubbish that goes to landfill, keeping e-waste out is a much smarter idea.
What environmental and human harm can be caused by e-waste?
70 per cent of toxic chemicals found in landfill come from e-waste. Many electronic products contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic, phosphor, fluids and refrigerants and when left in landfills or stored inappropriately, these materials can leach into groundwater and soil, or release into the air, creating long term contamination and human health issues.
WHERE DO I TAKE IT?
While you can’t put your e-waste in your home rubbish or recycling bin, you can take it to one of many different locations around the state to recycle it. Contact us here, to find your nearest e-waste recycling depot or visit ewaste.vic.gov.au