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Recycle It Saturday
Drop off old electronics, polystyrene, soft plastics, clothes in great condition, x-ray scans and more at Recycle It Saturday.Our next Recycle It Saturday will be held from 9am to 3pm on Saturday 28 May at Alexandra Canal Depot. Find out more.
We can't accept any paint at this Recycle It Saturday. If you have paint to recycle, hold on to it for now. We hope to accept paint again at our drop-off events later in the year.
Delete your data
Delete any personal data from your phones, computers, tablets and smart watches before you recycle them.
Choose a recycling option convenient for you
City of Sydney residents can use these services free of charge.
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.