Gather up Your E-waste, Other Large Items For Kerbside Collection This September

It’s time to gather up your E-waste and other large items for collection! The Forest Lake Ward Kerbside Collection is coming this September 2022. 

The Forest Lake Ward Kerbside Collection happens on the following dates:

  • Ellen Grove – 5 September 2022
  • Forest Lake – 5 September 2022
  • Richlands    – 5 September 2022
  • Doolandella – 12 September 2022
  • Durack         – 12 September 2022
  • Inala             – 12 September 2022

Here is a rundown of the items that you can and cannot place on the kerb: 

Acceptable items

  • Bath and laundry tabs
  • Bicycles and sporting equipment
  • Carpet and rugs
  • Electronic waste (e.g. television and computers
  • Furniture and white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves)
  • Small household appliances (e.g. fans and toasters)
  • Wood products less than 1.5 metres

Unacceptable items

  • Bricks and concrete
  • Commercial builders waste
  • Car parts and tyres, including car batteries
  • Dirt and stones
  • Garden waste (e.g. trees, grass, potted plants)
  • Gas bottles
  • General household waste (e.g. food scraps)
  • Glass and mirrors
  • Hazardous wastes (e.g. chemicals, oil, asbestos)
  • Household waste that normally goes into your waste or a recycle bin
  • Liquids
In 2018-19 Australia generated nearly 540,000 tonnes of E-waste
In 2018-19 Australia generated nearly 540,000 tonnes of E-waste |  Photo Credit: EKM-Mittelsachsen / Pixabay

Important things to remember:

  • Large household items for collection should be on the kerbside in front of your home not earlier than one week before your suburb’s schedule. Also, all items should be on the kerb no later than 6:00 a.m. on Kerbside Collection Day.
  • If you are going to discard an electronic device such as your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, make sure to delete all data to prevent identity theft. 
  • Keep your pile tidy on the kerb.
  • Piles larger than two cubic metres will not be collected.
  • Refrigerator and cupboard doors should be removed.
  • Never leave sharp or any dangerous objects on the footpath
  • Make sure that the items you discard can be easily lifted by two people
  • If you expect severe weather conditions, make sure that your items for disposal are well secured.
“Use Cloud for storing data to reduce the need for storage devices” - Brisbane City Council
“Use Cloud for storing data to reduce the need for storage devices” – Brisbane City Council| Photo Credit: F. Muhammad / Pixabay

What is E-waste and what can you do about it?

Electronic waste or E-waste refers to electronic products such as computers, mobile phones, television, fax machines and stereos that have reached or are near the end of their useful life. Many of these items contain materials that are considered hazardous including mercury, nickel, lead and zinc, so it is important to dispose of them properly.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that in 2018-19 alone, Australia generated nearly 540,000 tonnes of E-waste with only half recycled. Households contributed to around forty per cent of this electronic waste. 

You can do your share in helping minimise the amount of electronic waste that ends up in landfills by reducing the number of e-products in your home, consider repairing your broken E-product or dropping off your items for recycling.
Visit the Council website here for more information on how to reduce E-waste and where you can drop off your E-waste item.