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Electronic Waste (e-waste)

Reusing and recycling electronic waste (e-waste) preserves our natural resources, decreases environmental pollution and creates jobs. 

Since September 2013, electronic waste (e-waste) has been banned from direct landfill disposal across all of South Australia under the under the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010. Fines may apply if items are placed in household bins for collection, transport and disposal at a landfill depot.

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Electronic waste (e-waste) refers to electronic products that are unwanted, not working/broken or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life.

E-waste items include:

  • TVs, VCR/DVD/CD players, stereos, computers, laptops, printers, faxes, irons, microwaves, cameras, copiers, hair dryers, toasters, phones, vacuum cleaners etc.
  • battery operated items such as torches, cameras, power tools etc.

E-waste disposal options

Do not dispose of e-waste in household bins. E-waste can contain hazardous materials including heavy metals and glass which pose an unacceptable environmental hazard if crushed in waste collection trucks.

Unwanted e-waste needs to be taken to a suitable e-waste recycling facility for dismantling and re-manufacturing.

There are numerous recycling sites where e-waste can be dropped off around Adelaide, usually free of charge. For free drop off options, please refer to the list below. 

Please note: East Waste no longer collect e-waste.

Free recycling drop off locations

Donation locations and options

If in good condition, donate using:

For Mobile phone and household battery recycling options, visit: Hazardous Waste Disposal

For more information about recycling, visit: East Waste