Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program

Section 5: How to correctly dispose of old appliances

You may be required to decommission your old system as part of the upgrade, but removal is not required and the program does not cover the cost of any repairs or “making good”.

You may be required to decommission your old system as part of the upgrade, but removal is not required and the program does not cover the cost of any repairs or “making good”. However, you may wish to pay for removal of your old system in agreement with your Supplier. If you have arranged for another heater to be removed, the Supplier will need to ensure it is removed and disposed of safely and responsibly. Other maintenance to your home, such as painting or plaster repairs if an old heater is removed, are not covered by the rebate, and you can choose to undertake maintenance in your own timeframe. 

To find out if you are required to decommission an old heating or cooling system, please read the fact sheet which includes details of the types of existing heating and cooling systems that are required to be decommissioned to qualify for the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrade rebate. 

Electrical appliances such as heaters are e-waste and banned from landfill in Victoria

You can check if your local council collects electrical appliances in regular or hard rubbish collections, or through a drop off at a council facility or transfer station. Be aware that fees may apply to drop off appliances such as an air conditioner unit and that costs will vary. For example, a smaller portable heater may not attract a fee, but it is best to call the transfer station or council first to check if you are unsure. 

Sustainability Victoria has more information about correctly disposing of electrical items

You can also check Recycling Electrical Appliances - Planet Ark Recycling Near You for other options.  

Illegal dumping  

Unfortunately, e-waste is sometimes disposed of illegally. EPA Victoria defines illegal waste disposal as “deliberately dumping, tipping or burying waste on private or public land that’s not licensed to accept it.” Illegal dumping is a criminal offence and is considered pollution that can cause a threat to public safety and wildlife. 

Do not leave it on a nature strip or public place for an extended time as it can be a hazard. Always follow your council’s recommendations for hard rubbish collections.  

Read more about illegal dumping on the EPA website.  

Reviewed 30 July 2021