Managing Waste Wisely.

Electronic Waste

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 leadcadmiumberyllium, 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.