Australians generate over 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste (E-waste for short) each year and most of it ends up in landfill. As well as putting more pressure on our already stretched landfill sites, E-waste is alos hazardous. For example, contaminants from E-waste can leach into the groundwater table and pollute it.
Did you know?
Many of the E-waste items received still work and some charities are happy to take them. Likewise you could give them a second life through sites such as OzRecycle. Before using this service, why not see if you can find a new home for your unwanted electronic goods?
The City of Sydney usually holds E-waste drop-off days four times a year.
2011 drop-off dates
Bring your E-waste to Bay Street Depot in Ultimo (corner of Bay and Macarthur Street), between 9am and 3pm on the following dates:
- Sunday 6 March
- Sunday 5 June
- Sunday 11 September
- Sunday 4 December
Around 95% of all the E-waste collected on drop-off days is recovered and reused. Below is a list of the items you can drop off.
- Computers - desktops, monitors, laptops, joysticks and printers
- Home and office equipment - photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, servers, projectors, DVD players, video recorders
- Electronic games, CDs, DVDs, tapes and cameras
- Electronic components
- Phones - mobiles and landlines
- Household batteries
Items that aren't accept
White goods (microwaves, toasters and bar fridges etc) should be recycled through the City's free, pre-booked White Goods kerbside collection service. Call 02 9265 9333 to arrange a collection.
Save the items below for the next Chemical CleanOut collection(they can't be accepted at an E-waste drop off). Remember to store them safely.
- Hazardous waste - chemicals, paints and pesticides
- Car batteries
- Smoke alarms
- Fluorescent tubes and energy saving light globes (CFLs)
Did you know?
The City supports a national scheme for managing electronic waste, where producers are responsible for recycling products at the end of their useful life. State Governments are working with the Federal Government to develop such a policy.
To check locations of other E-waste recycling services, vist the Recycling Near You website.
Source City Of Sydney Website.