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 for its residents.
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 2014
Collections are held quarterly. New collection dates for 2014 to be released in January 2014.
What can be recycled
Items we'll accept
Over 95% of e-waste collected on drop-off days is recycled. Below is a list of the items you can drop off.
- 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.
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 and at Officeworks in Alexandria and Glebe.
To check locations of other e-waste recycling services visit:National Waste Policy OzRecycle Recycling Near YouTotal Environment Centre
Last updated: Thursday, 12 December 2013