What is e-waste?

E-waste is any unwanted electrical items that have a plug or batteries.

These items include:

  • small household appliances (eg toasters and pedestal fans)
  • IT and telecommunications equipment (eg mobile phones and computer equipment)
  • electrical and electronic tools (eg power tools)
  • electrical toys (eg game stations, computer games)

Why is it a problem?

E-waste contains non-renewable resources such as tin, zinc, aluminium, steel and copper. They also contain hazardous heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, nickel and mercury, which if not disposed of appropriately can be toxic to the environment. By sending e-waste to landfill there is a risk of releasing hazardous substances into the environment and the resources they contain will be lost rather than recycled.

E-waste bans to Landfill

Under the Environmental Protection Authority SA’s Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010, from 1 September 2012 televisions, computers, printers and computer products were banned from being disposed of to landfill in metropolitan Adelaide. As of 1 September 2013 all e-waste has been banned from all South Australian landfills. 

Please note that e-waste other than TVs and computers can still be placed in hard waste collections.

Local recycling options for your e-waste