E-waste is any electrical or electronic item that needs a plug or a battery to work.
With constant changes in technology, households and offices can now have numerous electronic gadgets, many of which will only last a few years.
Examples of e-waste include:
entertainment equipment - TVs, VCR and DVD players, remote controls, cameras, game consoles, stereos.
computers, monitors, hard drives, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, and other computer peripherals.
small household appliances - vacuum cleaners, hairdryers, irons, toasters, microwaves, electric mixers.
electrical tools and electronic devices - drills, electric mowers, sewing machines, solar garden lights.
Why recycle e-waste?
All e-waste has been banned from landfill since 2013 so it cannot be put in your waste bin at home.
For disposal, you must take it to an e-waste recycler (details below).
E-Waste is the fastest growing waste stream in Australia and contains many toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium and lithium. In landfill, e-waste leaches these hazardous substances into the soil and water which can lead to health and environmental problems.
Sending e-waste to landfill wastes non-renewable resources, including precious metals, glass and plastic. Extraction of these elements gives them a second life. About 90% of e-waste components are recycled.
Where can I take e-waste?
Some of the site listed here will take all e-waste free of charge, while some may charge small fees for some items.
Please note, some sites only accept televisions and computers as part of the Federal Government's National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. it is best to check with the recycler directly if you are unsure about possible fees.
Nearby e-waste drop-off locations include:
Lions Club of Richmond
57 Penong Avenue, Camden Park SA 5038
Drop off available Wednesday 9am - 12pm, and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 9am - 12pm.
Free. All electrical items except fridges and freezers.
The Electronic Audio Shop
660 South Road, Glandore SA 5037
Unplug'n'Drop Site. All electrical items except fridges and freezers.
Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton SA 5037
Open Monday to Friday 7am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm.
TVs and computers are free. Fees may apply for other e-waste.
Harvey Norman (TVs, computers and printer cartridges) 822-826 Marion Road, Marion SA 5043
Open weekdays 9am-5:30pm, 9am-9pm Thursday.
Free but only accepts TVs, computers and toner cartridges.
Advanced Recycling Technologies (ART) 3/13 Chrysler Road, Lonsdale SA 5160
Open Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Saturday 9am-12 noon.
Other days available by appointment.
Refer to website link below. Please contact ART prior to dropping off items to ensure still accepting e-waste due to quota limits.
Other nearby drop-off locations can be found on the Unplug'n'Drop website (refer to link below).
Whitegoods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines cannot be taken to most Unplug'n'Drop stations due to their size but can be booked for hard rubbish collection. All whitegoods collected are recycled by Sims Metal Management.
Fluorescent globes, mobile phones and batteries
Information about these items can be found on our Other Waste webpage (refer to link below).