E-waste recycling

E-waste recycling

Zero Waste

Recycle old electronics

Australians generate more than 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) each year and most of it ends up in landfill. As well as putting more pressure on limited landfill capacity, e-waste can be hazardous as it contains toxic materials.

To keep recyclable e-waste out of landfill, the City of Sydney offers free quarterly drop-off days.

Working items

Why not try to find a new home for your unwanted electronic goods first? Many of the e-waste items we receive still work and some charity shops are happy to take them. You could also try giving items away through organisations like OzRecycle.

E-waste drop-off days for 2015

  • 13 June
  • 5 September
  • 5 December.
From 9am to 3pm. Arrive early to avoid traffic.

E-waste drop-off location

City of Sydney depot
Corner Bay Street and Macarthur Street
(enter from Macarthur Street)
Ultimo NSW 2007

Where does my e-waste get recycled?

All the e-waste collected by the City of Sydney get processed locally, in Villawood, by our contractor Sims Recycling Solutions, where over 95% of it gets recycled. Components are stripped and broken down into commodities.

What can be recycled

Items we'll accept

Items accepted at e-waste drop-off days

Over 95% of e-waste collected on drop-off days is recycled.

Below is a list of the items you can drop off.

  • televisions
  • computers – desktops, monitors, laptops and printers
  • home and home office equipment – photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, servers, projectors, DVD players and video recorders
  • computer peripherals such as joysticks
  • electronic games, CDs, DVDs, tapes and cameras
  • electronic components
  • phones – mobiles and landlines
  • small kitchen appliances.

E-waste recycling drop-off day

Items we can't accept

  • white goods
  • hazardous waste – chemicals, paints and pesticides
  • car batteries
  • household batteries
  • smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
  • fluorescent tubes and energy saving light globes (CFLs).

White goods can be recycled through the City's free, pre-booked clean-up service. Call 02 9265 9333 to arrange a collection. Household batteries, mobiles and light bulbs can be recycled at the City’s Neighbourhood Service Centres or libraries. Save all other items on the list above for the next Household Chemical CleanOut collection.

Other places to drop off e-waste

You can also drop off your e-waste at Harvey Norman in Broadway, Alexandria, Bondi Junction and Moore Park. Limited items can be recycled at Officeworks in Alexandria and Glebe – visit their website below for more information on what you can bring.


To check locations of other e-waste recycling services visit:

National Waste Policy OzRecycle Recycling Near YouTotal Environment CentreOfficeworksSims Recycling Solutions

Last updated: Monday, 2 March 2015