In Adelaide, strict rules are enforced around electronic waste recycling and how computers, televisions and other electronics can be disposed safely. This means they cannot simply be thrown away or placed in a general waste skip bin. Please read through the following information carefully before considering disposing of any electronics, and contact Just Skips if you have any questions about electronic waste disposal.
What is e-waste and why is it a problem?
Electronic waste (or e-waste) is the name used for any used or broken electrical appliances that are no longer wanted. It can include appliances like computers, televisions, stereos, printers and so on.
Electronic waste contains a wide range of materials and chemicals, some of which are dangerous to humans or hazardous to the environment. Since 2012, it has been illegal to throw away certain types of electronics in South Australia. Because of this, waste removal facilities will charge additional, substantial fees or even return your electronic waste to you if you attempt to throw out any prohibited e-waste items in a skip bin in Adelaide.
Electronic waste disposal
Because electronic waste is deemed a hazardous waste, it cannot be placed in any kind of skip bin or even your general waste bin (with the red lid). So, when it comes to electronic waste disposal, what are your options? You can either:
- Take it to a licensed recycling facility
- Dispose of it through your council’s hard rubbish collection service
Electronic waste recycling in Adelaide
So, where can I take e-waste in Adelaide? Within Adelaide, there are dedicated facilities for recycling electronic waste. Please keep in mind that some facilities charge fees or do not take specific e-waste types. You can learn more about it on the East Waste website.
E-waste collection through your council
When you book a hard rubbish collection through your local council, you can often dispose of your electronic waste at the same time. This can include items like:
- Televisions, VCRS, remote controls, speakers and gaming consoles
- Computers and virtually all computer peripherals (including keyboards, mice, and other hardware)
- Household appliances like vacuum cleaners, toaster and microwaves
- Tools like sewing machines and electric mowers.
Electronic waste disposal & skip bins
- Computers (monitors, hard drives, laptops and tablet computers)
- Computer mice
- Television sets
Electronic waste disposal FAQs
Are CDs e-waste?
Yes, CDs do count as e-waste, so you still need to follow electronic waste disposal best practices when getting rid of them. If you like DIY and crafting, you might even want to turn them into something new.
How do I dispose of an old laptop in Adelaide?
Computers and laptops can be safely and legally disposed of at any e-waste recycling facility or through your local council’s hard rubbish collection. If the laptop still works, you might also consider selling it or donating it to a secondhand store.
Why is recycling e-waste important?
Most e-waste contains precious resources like gold, steel, aluminium, plastic and glass – all of which can be reused and recycled into other products. So by recycling your e-waste instead of just throwing it away, you’re giving it a chance at a new life.