Free television and computer recycling
Residents can now dispose of their TVs and computers for free by taking them to over 13 sites in South Australia.
For City of Marion residents, the closest may be:
TechCollect: Solo Resource Recovery
Open Monday to Friday 7:00-5:00. Saturday and Sunday 8:00-4:00
181 Morphett Road
North Plympton SA 5037
Phone: 8295 5077
Advanced Recycling Technologies (ART)
Open Friday 8:30-4:30. Saturday 9:00-12:00. Other days available by appointment
3/13 Chrysler Road
Lonsdale SA 5160
Phone: 8186 5883
For more collection sites, you can visit the Zero Waste SA website - E-Waste information.
What is e-waste?
E-waste is anything that needed a plug or a battery to work. With changes in technology, households and offices now have numerous new electronic gadgets, many of which will only last a few years. These include everything from computers, TVs, printers and DVD players, to hairdryers and electric mixers.
Why is e-waste a problem?
E-Waste is the fasted growing waste stream. It contains many components, such as precious metals, that should not be sent to landfill.
The manufacture, use and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment purchased by Australians is estimated to generate over 42 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year. Increased consumption has led to e-waste being the fasted growing waste stream in Australia.
The issues are:
Use of finite raw materials.
E-waste can contain precious resources such as gold, copper and silver. Extraction of these elements gives them a second life.
Toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
E-waste such as computers and TVs are made up of many different components. This can include hazardous substances such as lead, mercury, chromium and brominated flame retardants which can contaminate the landfill and leach into the soil and water.
- E-waste takes up valuable space in landfill.
What can you do with your old e-waste?
As part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, the following items will now be accepted for recycling at collection sites.
Computer & Home Office Equipment
Fluorescent Globes and TubesThe City of Marion provides a drop off service for old fluorescent globes and energy saving bulbs for recycling. Residents can take these items to:
City Services (to the Stores area, not reception)
935 Marion Road
Mitchell Park SA 5043
From Monday to Friday 8.00am - 3.00pm
Residents can bring up to six domestic globes at any one visit for recycling. IKEA also takes in used globes which are all fully recycled.
With Australians buying over 7 million new mobile phones a year, chances are you have one of the estimated 14 - 16 million obsolete phones lying in a cupboard or drawer.
These are easily disposed through programs such as Mobile Muster. Mobile Muster is an Australian-wide mobile phone recycling program. To support mobile phone recycling, City of Marion has been running the Old Phones More Chickens campaign in association with Mobile Muster and Oxfam Unwrapped.
Recycling mobile phones is easy. Simply take your phone into any mobile phone shop or Post Office and ask for it to be recycled.
Alternatively you can recycle it through council by placing it in the Mobile Muster tube in the foyer of:
City of Marion
245 Sturt Road
Sturt SA 5047
From Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Other City of Marion collection points include:
- Hallett Cove Library, Zwerner Drive, Hallett Cove SA 5158
- Glandore Community Centre, 25 Naldera Street, Glandore SA 5037
- Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre, 34 Hessing Crescent, Trott Park SA 5158
- Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Cumbria Court, Mitchell Park SA 5043
- Park Holme Library, Duncan Avenue, Park Holme SA 5043
You can also check the internet for recycling programs, but make sure they are recycling ethically.
Find out more great facts on the Mobile Muster website.
Take your old domestic batteries to Battery World for recycling. Most garages will take in your old car batteries.
Useful addresses and websites
Here are a few useful contacts. Please note the list is by no means exclusive and residents should only regard this as general advice.
Zero Waste SA
Provides a list of councils and their corresponding actions with regard to e-waste on their website.
Zero Waste SA website
Advanced Recycling Technologies
13 Chrysler Road
Phone: 08 8186 5883 or 0411 882 138
Advanced Recycling Technologies website
12-14 Baulderstone Road
Gepps Cross SA 5094
Phone: 8262 4074
100% of the product is carefully recycled. Charges apply.
E-Cycle Recovery website
Daws Road Bottle Co.
Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
181 Morphett Road
Phone: 8295 5077
Be aware there is a charge involved.