What is electronic waste?
Electronic waste refers to electronic items that have reached the end of their useful life. Rapidly expanding technology and a desire to have the ‘latest and greatest’ has led to the creation of a very large amount of e-waste globally. Examples of e-waste includes TV, computers, computer parts and accessories, projectors, monitors, printers, faxes, photocopiers, scanners, cables, mobile phones, circuit boards, floppy drives, UPS systems, power supplies and cables, mouse and keyboards.
E-waste contains potentially harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants. As a result, e-waste requires specialist recycling and disposal to protect the environment and waste collectors.
You can drop your unwanted e-waste at the West Metro Recycling Centre or specialist local drop off point for free. Never put them in your bin! Kerbside waste collection is for non-hazardous household items only.
Is it e-waste or can it be reused?
The table below is a handy checklist to help you work out what to do with your unwanted electrical items.
|Does it still work?||Donate it to charity or post it on Buy Nothing. Check out our page of reuse options to see which charities accept electronic items.|
|Can it be repaired?||Take it to a licensed electronic repairer, or if battery-operated, try your local Repair Lab or a Repair Cafe.|
|Is it a refrigerated item?||old air conditioners, fridges and freezers can be dropped off at the West Metro Recycling Centre for safe de-gassing and recycling. A de-gassing fee applies.|
Call the Recycling Hotline 9384 6711.