E-waste recycling

Recycling

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As a country, we produce more than 650,000 tonnes of e-waste every year. While a percentage of these computers, smartphones, printers, DVD players, TVs and other electronics are recycled, the majority of them simply end up as e-waste in a landfill. This is not only a huge waste of precious resources, but also a potential danger as the toxic metal elements found in e-waste can be damaging to the environment and to our health.


Play your part and recycle your e-waste

Luckily, it’s easy to keep old electronics out of landfill. Almost all types of old and unwanted electronic and electrical equipment can be recycled. If it has a plug, a power cord or a battery we can recycle it free (or dispose of it safely) for you.

How to recycle your e-waste responsibly

You can recycle e-waste safely through the following channels:

You can have your broken, obsolete and unwanted electronics picked up from your home as part of our free book a pick-up service. Collection days depend on where you live and bookings are essential.

Book a free pick-up

Alternatively, you can drop off your electronics for free at our new Recycle It Saturday drop-off event.

Drop off some of your old and unwanted household items at our newest quarterly recycling event, Recycle It Saturday.

Recycle It Saturday will be on Saturday 5 September 2020 from 9am to 3pm at Alexandra Canal Depot, 67C Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015.

You can recycle e-waste plus other items like clothing, polystyrene, batteries, light bulbs, paint, gas bottles, soft plastics, large cardboard, large garden waste and x-rays.

Visit our What’s On page for more information on what you can bring, how to prepare and pack your items before arriving, and what we’re doing to keep you safe on the day.

What e-waste I can take to Recycle It Saturday

  • TVs
  • computers – desktops, monitors, laptops and printers
  • home and home office equipment – photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, servers, projectors, stereos, gaming consoles, DVD players and video recorders
  • computer peripherals such as joysticks
  • electronic components
  • phones – mobiles and landlines
  • small household appliances: vacuum cleaners, microwaves, toasters, mixers, blenders, kettles, heaters, irons, coffee machines, ironing boards and pedestal fans
  • power tools – drills, circular saws, power boards, electric lawnmowers, electric trimmers, electric leaf blowers (no gas or petrol powered items, please).

What I can't take to Recycle It Saturday

  • hazardous waste – chemicals and pesticides, (paints are accepted)
  • smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.

These items can be recycled at a Household Chemical CleanOut collection .


What about items that still work?

If your items are still in working condition, try to find a new home for your unwanted electronic goods first. You could give them away to someone who needs it so it is re-used. Try advertising online through Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree,Trading Post, Ebay, OzRecycle or freecyle.

Find out more about other reuse, repair and rehoming options.

Items handed in at our e-waste collections are strictly for recycling. This way, we can guarantee that at the end of their life, valuable materials are recovered and recycled into new products and unusable materials are disposed of responsibly.

Don’t forget to delete your data

Your data is your responsibility. Make sure all data is permanently wiped from your device before it’s picked up or dropped off. The recycling process doesn't include data wiping, only destruction.

Where does it all go?

All the e-waste collected by us 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.

Follow the journey of e-waste from drop-off to reuse in the video.

 

Live outside the City of Sydney?

No worries. We welcome all who wish to recycle at our quarterly Recycle It Saturday drop-off events.

Other options for recycling your e-waste

Visit Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You to find other options for recycling unwanted electronics.

 

Last updated: Friday, 31 July 2020