how to dispose of electrical appliances

In Adelaide, strict rules are enforced on how to dispose of electrical appliances, including computers, televisions and other electronics.  Due to the hazardous materials that come from electronic waste, disposing of old laptops or phones isn’t so simple – which is why the team at Just Skips want to make sure you have all the information you need on all forms of Adelaide rubbish removal.


What is electronic waste?

Electronic waste is the scrap that is produced from discarded electronic devices. Whether it’s fully functioning or damaged beyond repair, any electrical appliance that needs to be disposed of is considered electronic waste.

Electronic waste can contain hazardous materials including heavy metals and glass – which pose a significant threat to the environment. Because of this, getting rid of electrical appliances has been heavily regulated in South Australia and waste removal facilities will either not accept this waste, or charge additional fees. 

We want you to get the most out of your Just Skips service, which is why it’s important to us that you know how to dispose of electrical appliances in Adelaide. 

If you’ve got any questions, contact us today and we’ll be more than happy to assist. 

How to dispose of electrical appliances


What can I put in my skip bin?

Can you put electrical items in the bin? It ultimately depends on the appliance, but you can dispose of the following with Just Skips:

  • Whitegoods
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • DVD players
  • Lamps

For more information, see our general waste page too.

What can’t I put in my skip bin?

There are several kinds of electrical waste that cannot go in skip bins or the general waste bin. These include: 

  • Printers
  • Mobile phones
  • Scanners
  • Keyboards
  • Computers (monitors, hard drives, laptops and tablet computers)
  • Computer mice
  • Monitors
  • Photocopiers
  • Television sets

Keep in mind that technology develops fast, so just because an item isn’t on this list doesn’t mean it can definitely go in a skip. 

To dispose of the above, you need to do so through electrical waste programs. There are a variety of new initiatives undertaken by local councils and not-for-profits to accommodate and educate the community on how to dispose of electrical appliances. Your local Bunnings are likely to have an e-waste disposal at their store thanks to their work with Electronic Recycling Australia, which is linked below. We recommend contacting your local council to see whether they have an electrical waste program. You can also try try not-for-profits like: 

The waste removal service Adelaide locals turn to

Just Skips can help you with all of your waste disposal needs. We offer a range of other waste disposal services for homeowners and businesses, such as construction waste removal and garden waste removal.

For more information on how to dispose of electrical appliances, or if you want to know about how Just Skips can help you with other  waste types, contact Just Skips online or on (08) 8255 6677.

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