What is E-Waste?
If the item you’re disposing of has a cord, battery, or a switch, it’s considered E-Waste and must be recycled through an E-waste recycling program. Since 2013, all E-Waste is banned from landfill and needs to be taken to a suitable e-waste recycling facility for dismantling and re-manufacturing.
Why don’t we just throw it out with our normal waste?
E-Waste items contain many valuable and rare materials such as gold, copper, nickel, tin, zinc and aluminum, which can be recovered and re-used. They also contain a variety of hazardous materials materials including lead, mercury, cadmium and lithium that can potentially harm the environment if not disposed of correctly.
By recycling e-waste these materials are recovered and used to make new products.
Please DO NOT place any E-Waste items in your red, yellow, or green lidded bins.
What can I recycle through an E-Waste Recycling Program?
Items that will be accepted for free include:
- Televisions analogue, LCD, flat screens (About 90% of televisions and computers can be recycled!)
- Computer monitors
- Computer towers
- Printers, scanners, keyboards, mice
- White goods
- Microwave ovens
- Computer cables
- Any item that uses an electrical plug and/or any battery driven items.
E-Waste can be taken to your nearest ‘Unplug and Drop’ location, this is a free service offered by Electronics Recycling Australia. To find a detailed list of what you can recycle and your nearest drop-off location, please see the Electronic Recycling Australia website.
City of Prospect will also collect electronic waste as part of household hard waste collections. For more information or to book a hard waste collection, you can phone East Waste on 8347 5111 or visit East Waste.