What is e-Waste?
Each year, millions of electronic devices like televisions, computers and mobile phones are discarded in Australia. E-waste is a rapidly growing stream of waste containing valuable and rare materials that are critical to reduce, reuse and recycle. Australians are among the highest users of new technology, and e-waste from obsolete electronic goods, e-waste is growing 3 times faster than general waste.
What does e-Waste include?
E-waste is any item with a plug, battery or power cord that’s no longer working or unwanted. It includes, but is not limited to:
- Computers, laptops and tablets
- Mobile phones
- Digital cameras
- Printers and photocopiers
- Fax machines
- Batteries and electronic tools
- Home appliances
- Electronic toys
How can we minimise our impact?
Minimising e-waste helps protect the environment and recover precious materials for reuse.
- Reduce your consumption of electronic devices
- Buy second hand electronics
- Donate or sell electronics that are in good condition
- Extend the life of your electronics by taking care of them
- Repair broken electronics
- Recycle your electronic devices
How do I recycle e-Waste in my community?
E-waste should not be put in your rubbish or recycling bin.
You can take your e-waste to the local drop-off point to help keep precious metals out of our ecosystem and give new life to finite materials. 90% of the materials in a mobile phone handset can be recovered and reused!
Don’t forget to remove your personal information from your device before recycling!