E-Waste

A picture of items that can be recycled as e-waste

Electronic waste or e-waste is unwanted electronic or electrical equipment. E-waste should be kept out of landfill for a number of reasons:

  • e-waste is one of the fastest growing components of the waste stream in the world, growing three times faster than any other type of waste
  • Australia currently sends 90% of e-waste to landfill
  • e-waste contains valuable metals such as copper, aluminium, gold, silver and tin, all of which are recyclable
  • e-waste also contains materials which are hazardous both to humans and the environment if disposed of incorrectly
  • using recycled materials for new products produces up to 80% less carbon emissions than processing virgin materials
The switch to digital TV commenced in some parts of NSW in December 2010 and will be rolled out across the rest of NSW over the next few years. However there is no need to buy a new digital TV - most old analog TVs are capable of receiving digital by plugging in a set-top box or digital recorder. Search the brand and model of your TV to see if it can accept digital at Digital TV Switchover Australia. If you do buy a new TV, ensure you recycle your old one.

How to recycle your e-waste

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (a federal government initiative) came into effect in 2012. Under the scheme, householders and small business can drop off the following items for recycling free of charge:

  • All televisions, such as CRT’s, Plasma, LCD and Projection televisions
  • Computers and computer peripherals eg:
    • Personal computers
    • Laptops, notebooks, palmtops & tablets
    • Computer monitors
    • Parts for personal computers eg internal hard drives, motherboards, card, internal power supplies, CPUs, DVD and CD drives
    • Computer peripherals eg mice, keyboards, joysticks, game pads, scanners and web cameras
    • Printers eg ink-jet, dot matrix, laser printers and multifunction devices

A limit of 15 items per drop-off applies.

Current free drop-off locations:

Further drop-off zones will be set up in Sydney in the coming months. They will be listed on the Drop Zone website and on this page.

The following items will not be accepted at these drop-off points:

  • Mobile phones
  • Whitegoods or other kitchen or household appliances
  • Computer game consoles
  • Video or DVD players
  • Hi-fi or stereo equipment
  • Power tools
  • Set top boxes

Further information can be found in the National Waste Policy Fact Sheet.