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.
Items that will be accepted for free include:
For a list of drop off points, click on the following link: http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/e-waste/ongoing-e-waste-recycling-options-in-south-australia
* Other electronic items taken to these drop-off points may incur a charge
Anything with a cord or battery can be recycled (by residents and businesses) via Council's Hard Waste collection service (make an appointment - a waiting list applies) or take it to E-Cycle Recovery, 12-14 Baulderstone Road, Gepps: T:8262 4074 - a small fee applies for each item.
Click here for further information about e-waste recycling & E-Cycle Recovery.
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 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.
Answers to frequently asked questions about a variety of items can be found at the Zero Waste SA website