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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 1 September 2012, e-waste, including computers, computer equipment (keyboards, printers) and TVs 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.

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 a list of drop off locations in South Australia click here to visit the Zero Waste website.

Other e-waste (other electrical) items which 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

can be dropped off by Unley residents for FREE at the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, which is located at 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Phone 8295 5077.
(Please note that a proof of residence will be required)

Still unsure about what to do with a specific waste item?

Check out the 'Recycle Right' online search engine or 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 Civic Centre at 181 Unley Road, Unley, or one of our Community Centres (Fullarton, Goodwood, Clarence Park, Unley), 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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