Our reliance on electronic devices is rapidly increasing, making e-waste one of the fastest growing contributors to our waste stream.
What is E-waste?
E-waste is made up of discarded electronics and electrical components. These items can be environmentally harmful if disposed of in landfill as they contain toxic and hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and brominated fire retardants.
If disposed of correctly, the recyclable components can be recovered for reuse and hazardous materials can be treated appropriately.
A national collection and recycling scheme for televisions, computers and computer products is currently in effect under the Product Stewardship Legislation.
What goes in the E-waste bin?
- All televisions
- TV remove controls
- Computer monitors
- Laptops, iPads and similar tablets
- Speakers, headphones
- Mobile phones
- DVD players
- Game consoles (Xbox/Playstation)
- Video recorders/DVD players
- Power tools
- Digital set top boxes
Acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories.
- Cables & IT accessories
- Keyboards, computer mice, joysticks
- Printers, scanners & web cameras
- Appliances e.g. microwaves, fridges
- Plastic, metal & glass
- Food & Garden organics
- Products exposed to radiation & chemical hazards
Where does E-waste go?
E-waste gets put in bins or containers with a grey lid or signage.
How to recycle E-waste
E-waste is collected from businesses and public drop-offs and sent to a recycling facility.
The collected e-waste items are manually sorted, dismantled and categorized into core materials and components which go through specific recycling and recovery processes.
What happens to e-waste?