Recycle electronics

Book an e-waste pick-up or drop items off at one of our quarterly recycling drop-off days or recycling stations.

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Recycling e-waste

What you need to do

Consider re-use

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. Try advertising online through Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Trading Post, Ebay or Freecyle.

Find out more about reducing, reusing and repairing.

After you finish

All electronics collected by us are processed locally where around 95% of it is recycled. Electronics are broken down into various parts, including metals, plastics, batteries, cabling and circuit boards. These parts can then be used to make new products.

Mobile phones can be taken apart and ‘mined’ for gold, silver and palladium. The plastic in many electronics and devices can be recycled into new plastic products, such as shipping pallets. Battery materials such as mercury, lithium and zinc can be recycled over and over again to make new batteries. 

Why it’s important to recycle electronics

Australians are among the highest users of electronics in the world, and unwanted electronics are one of the fastest growing types of waste.

Recycling your unwanted electronics helps capture previous resources, which reduces the need to mine raw materials for new technology. The electronics we collect are diverted from landfill and raw materials are recovered and recycled.