E-waste is any Item with a Cord, Battery or Switch
These items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins. Since September 2013, e–waste has been banned from direct landfill disposal across all of South Australia under the under the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010.
Why waste it? When you can recycle it!
E-waste can contain hazardous materials including heavy metals and glass which if broken or damaged pose an unacceptable environmental hazard.
E-waste can be readily recycled (including 90% of what is used to make televisions and computers), saving valuable, finite resources.
Electronic Recycling – TVs & Computers
Millions of televisions, computers and mobile phones are discarded in Australia each year.
To prevent it ending up in landfill, the Federal Government introduced the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) in 2011. There are now more than 1,800 collection points across the country where householders and small businesses can drop off their unwanted televisions, computers and accessories for free. More than 130,000 tonnes of TV and computer e-waste has been collected and recycled under the scheme. This has diverted hazardous materials away from landfill and enabled the reuse of valuable resources contained in e-waste.1
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provides householders and small business with access to industry-funded TV and computer recycling. It is not designed to receive commercial quantities of electronic waste. A maximum of 15 items will be accepted. Schools and larger businesses will need to make their own private arrangements.
TV and Computer items accepted
|Other computer peripherals (ie. cords, batteries, etc.)|
|Whitegoods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines can be recycled by suppliers of new products. If you are buying new whitegoods, check with the retailer and see if they will collect any whitegoods you are replacing. Whitegoods can be booked in for hard waste collection. Alternatively, these items may be dropped to a resource transfer station, or picked-up by a waste collection service, such as:|
Cleanaway Welland Waste & Recycling Depot:
58 Frederick St, Welland.
Some items may be free to drop off – check open hours and potential fees with the operator: (08) 8340 2200
19/25 Murray St, Thebarton.
Some items may be free to drop off – check open hours and potential fees with the operator: (08) 8443 8827
They provide a pick-up service (fees apply), phone 8280 8700 or visit their visit their website for further details.
|Mobile phone handsets & chargers can be recycled through Mobile Muster. Click here to find your nearest free drop-off point.|
|Entertainment equipment (computer game consoles, DVD or VCR players, stereo & hi-fi equipment, digital & video cameras) are accepted at most (but not all) electronic recycling drop off locations.|
|Small appliances (vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers & toasters) are accepted at most (but not all) electronic recycling drop off locations.|
|Batteries – Household (single-use alkaline AA, AAA, C, D & 9V). Find recycling options near you through the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative. ALDI & IKEA Stores also offer a recycling service. Check with your local council as some have a recycling, drop-off facility available for residents. |
Mobile phone batteries can be recycled through the Mobile Muster Program.
Automotive batteries can be recycled at auto part retailers or service stations.
Alternative: 98% of lead acid batteries can be reclaimed through the Century Yuasa nationwide battery recycling program.
Links to more information:
– Mobile Muster
– Century Yuasa Nationwide Battery Recycling Program
– Aldi Battery Recycling
– Australian Battery Recycling Initiative
Light Globes (incandescent/old style bayonett/halogen/fluorescent): Householders are advised not to place compact fluorescent globes or other fluorescent tubes in their kerbside recycling bin. These items need to be recycled by a company with a specific process. The mercury powder contained in them is a significant contamination concern for the broader recycling industry.
So where can you deposit your light globes and tubes for recycling? South Australian Householders are able to take a wide variety of household light globes including halogen, incandescent and fluorescent globes to these South Australian companies:
You could also ask your local lighting sales shop to see if they provide a recycling service.
DeLights do provide a fee for service for the recycling https://www.delights.com.au/
Please note that COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS should speak with the fee-for-service organisations to ensure their fluoro tubes and globes are diverted from landfill and recycled:
CMA Eco Cycle – http://www.cmaecocycle.net/lighting-electrical/
Suez – http://www.sita.com.au/commercial-solutions/resource-recovery-recycling/lighting-recycling/
What happens to the E-waste?
Once received at one of the registered drop-off locations, all material will be separated and sent for recycling as part of the National Recycling Scheme for Televisions and Computers.
All items are carefully pulled apart to recover the items of value which include small amounts of gold, copper and recyclable glass and plastic. Hazardous components are safely captured including lead, mercury, phosphorous, chromium and cadmium. The recyclable components are then sent to be made into new products.
Your e-waste recycling service will depend on your council. For specific information on what you can do with your e-waste items, click on your council link below:
|>||Adelaide Hills Council|
|>||City of Burnside|
|>||Campbelltown City Council|
|>||City of Mitcham|
|>||City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters|
|>||City of Prospect|
|>||Town of Walkerville|