E-waste recycling

E-waste recycling

Next drop-off day

Our next e-waste drop-off day will be on Saturday 14 September 2019 from 9am to 3pm.



Alexandra Canal Depot

67C Bourke Road

Alexandria NSW 2015

Diverting e-waste from landfill

Sydneysiders recycled 50 tonnes of electronic waste at our November 2018 and February 2019 e-waste collection days, helping keep unwanted household items out of landfill.

These recent events attracted more than 1,500 individual e-waste drop-offs with nearly half of all participants reporting that it was their first time attending an e-waste event. Stacks of TVs, computers, cables and printers were collected alongside household items from vacuum cleaners to broken hairdryers.

The e-waste collected is diverted from landfill and around 95% of raw materials recovered are recycled. All up in 2018, the City has helped more than 2,800 households recycle almost 90 tonnes of electronic and unwanted household waste.

E-waste items sometimes contain precious metals such as copper and platinum that should be reused. Computer screens and TVs contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, which can leach out from landfills and into waterways.

The lowdown on our e-waste service

We run an ethical and top-notch gig. Here is everything you need to know about how we manage all the e-waste we collect at the City of Sydney.

Why should I recycle e-waste?

We love the latest gadgets. But Australians generate more than 650,000 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.

Where does it all go?

Not out of the country, that’s for sure! All the e-waste collected by the City of Sydney is processed locally where around 95% of it is recycled. Components are stripped, then broken down into commodities and circulated back into the market for new products.

E-waste and Garbage Guru with iMac

What about items that still work?

Why not try to find a new home for your unwanted electronic goods first? If your items still work, donate them to non-profit organisations such as Sort Recycling, who refurbish working computers for locally disadvantaged children. You could also try giving items away online through organisations like OzRecycle.

Items handed in at our e-waste collections are strictly for recycling. This way, we can guarantee that at the end of their life, they will be processed responsibly.

Can I turn up to get some freebies?

This is a no-no. We have to stick to the health and safety rules for running this type of event and e-waste is classified as hazardous waste. We also need to protect the privacy of our customers. 

Is my data safe?

Recycle your devices with abandon for your data is guaranteed to be obliterated.

There’s gold in them thar hills!

True, there are precious metals such as copper, silver and gold in e-waste. Recycling it means that metals can be extracted and it alleviates the need to mine more natural resources.

Recycling e-waste has a cost

Although our service is free, it costs money for the City to run it. Recycling as much as we can is awesome, but it does come at a price and it is very energy-intensive.

Moral of the story? The best thing consumers can do to reduce waste is to think twice before buying something new.

E-waste events

Our next e-waste drop-off day will be on Saturday 14 September 2019 from 9am to 3pm at Alexandra Canal Depot, 67C Bourke Road, Alexandria 2015.

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Other e-waste drop-off days to mark in your calendar

  • Saturday 16 November 2019

Live outside the City of Sydney?

No worries. We welcome all who wish to recycle.

 An e-waste delivery

What if I don’t have a car?

Many people turn up by bike and by foot. If you have a big haul or live in an apartment, consider rounding up your neighbours and carsharing.

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 household appliances – vacuum cleaners, microwaves, stereos, and pedestal fans
  • power tools – drills, circular saws and power boards, electric lawnmowers, electric trimmers, electric leaf blowers (and no gas-powered items, please).

E-waste recycling drop-off day

Items we can't accept

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

Whitegoods can be recycled through the City's free, pre-booked pick-up service. Call 02 9265 9333 to arrange a collection. Household batteries, mobiles and light bulbs can be recycled at the City’s customer 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

Check the links below for places near you to drop off e-waste or to donate items online. Limited items can be recycled at Officeworks in Alexandria and Glebe – visit its 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 CentreOfficeworksMRI E-cycle Solutions

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Last updated: Thursday, 13 June 2019