What is E-waste?
Electronic waste (e-waste) are products with a power cord or battery that have reached the end of their useful life.Examples of e-waste include:
- Computers (eg monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards and mice)
- Telecommunications equipment (eg faxes, mobile phones and cordless phones)
- Small household appliances (eg toasters, vacuums and microwaves)
- Electrical and electronic tools (eg sewing machines, drills, electric mowers and electric toys)
- Entertainment equipment (eg cameras, game consoles, DVD players and stereos)
Since 2013 all e-waste has been banned from landfill. Unwanted e-waste needs to be taken to a suitable e-waste recycling facility for dismantling and re-manufacturing.
Why recycle E-waste?
Almost all components of e-waste can be recycled. In fact about 90% of what is used to make televisions and computers can be recycled! E-waste contains non-renewable materials such as copper, nickel, tin, zinc and aluminium, but also hazardous materials including lead, mercury, cadmium and lithium. By recycling e-waste these materials are recovered and used to make new products.
E-waste recycling locations
There are a variety of facilities that accept e-waste throughout Adelaide with some sites accepting e-waste for free and others charging a small fee. Please note some sites also only accept TVs and computers through the National TV and Computer Scheme.
Nearby sites include
Mitcham Cultural Village, 103 Princes Road, Mitcham is an Unplug n' Drop site available 24/7
City of Mitcham Operations Depot, 5 Winston Court, Melrose Park is an Unplug n' Drop site, available 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. (excluding public holidays)
Bunnings Australia also offers Unplug N' Drop sites at all of their stores.
Unplug N' Drop sites can be found at www.electronicrecyclingaustralia.com.au/