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E-waste and other Tricky Items

E-waste in Unley can be appropriately recycled. Check out this page for information relating to recycling/re-using this and other difficult-to-deal-with items.

As of 1st September 2012, e-waste, including computers, computer equipment (keyboards, printers) and TV’s were banned from going to landfill.

E-waste materials contain many valuable resources which can be recycled, but also contain materials which are toxic and can harm the environment if not disposed of correctly.

There are now a number of FREE drop off points for these items throughout metropolitan Adelaide. Residents may drop off their old TV’s and computers and any of these locations, regardless of where they live.

 Plug in solutions for television and computer recycling

Householders and small business now have FREE drop off locations for recycling electronic items under the national television and computer recycling scheme. Items that will be accepted at the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre include:

Televisions: analogue, LCD, flat screens
Computer equipement: monitors,computer towers, laptops, keyboards
Printers: printers, scanners

For other drop off locations see e-waste

Other ewaste items which can be dropped for FREE at the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre include:

White goods: Refrigerators, dryers, washing machines
Mobiles: mobile handsets, chargers
Entertainment Equipment: computer game consoles, DVD/VCR players, stereo/hi-fi equipment, digital/video cameras
Small appliances: vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers, toasters

The Adelaide Waste and Recyling Centre is located at 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton
(please note that a proof of residence will be required)

Click here for further information about e-waste recycling & E-Cycle Recovery.

Still unsure about what to do with a specific waste item?
Check out the 'Recycle Right' online search engine at Zerowasteor call 1300 137 118

E-waste, including Fluorescent Globes

Fluorescent tubes can be dropped off at any True Value, Mitre 10 or Banner Hardware stores or small quantities can be dropped at the Unley Council Depot, 75 King William Road, Unley. Please do not place light globes or other fluorescent tubes in the hard waste collection or in your kerbside waste or recycling bin. The mercury powder contained in them can contaminate landfills and causes contamination concerns for the recycling industry.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones contain hazardous substances including cadmium, lead and mercury that can be released when thrown into landfill. Yet over 90% of the components in mobile phones can be recovered and used as raw materials for new products. Use the E-Waste Service indicated above, or take your old phone to the Unley Library at 181 Unley Road, Unley, or Goodwood Library, 101 Goodwood Road, Goodwood, or any 'phone retailer, to be sent locally for dismantling and recycling.

Further information

Answers to frequently asked questions about a variety of items can be found at the Zero Waste SA website

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