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 either place it out with hard waste for collection 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 e-waste items will be accepted free of charge, while fees may apply for some items. This can vary at different sites.
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.
Harvey Norman (TVs, computers and printer cartridges) 822-826 Marion Road, Marion SA 5043 Phone 8375 7777 Open weekdays 9am-5:30pm, 9am-9pm Thursday. Free but only accepts TVs, computers and toner cartridges.
Officeworks Various locations accept a range of computer-related e-waste items free of charge. Please visit the Officeworks website for further details.
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. Please contact ART prior to dropping off items.
Any e-waste including broken household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and kettles, and whitegoods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines can be booked into a hard waste collection. Any e-waste collected in hard rubbish is separated for recycling. Refer to the link below to book a hard rubbish collection.
Fluorescent globes, mobile phones and batteries
Information about these items can be found on our Other Waste webpage (refer to link below).