e-waste (electronic waste) is any item with a battery or plug that you wish to dispose of.
e-waste items may include:
computers and their associated parts (including monitors, printers and keyboards)
DVD and CD players
Correctly disposing of e-waste ensures that hazardous materials can be treated appropriately and the recyclable components can be recovered for re-use.
Many councils hold e-waste collections, so contact yours about their collections and other preferred disposal methods.
A new national television and computer recycling scheme allows free drop off of at collection sites. It is being progressively rolled out from July 2012 to December 2013.
Alternatives to disposal
If the item is still safe and working, there are more environmentally friendly options than disposal.
This includes selling, donating or giving it away to someone who needs it so none of it ends up in landfill.
Give it away on freecyle, an online re-use organisation.
Give it to charity. Not all charities take electrical items, so check first.
Goods are recycled into other materials or products.
You can search for recyclers in your local area through Planet Ark or call their Recycling Near You hotline: 1300 733 712.
1800ewaste collects and recycles over 95% of old electrical appliances such as televisions, fridges, microwaves, mobile phones, LCDs, plasmas and computers. Fees apply. Call 1800 392 783 or get an online estimate.
In Wollongong, Renewable Recyclers collect and refurbish computers for those in need.
In Sydney (Marrickville), Reverse Garbage will take computer parts, some furniture and certain building materials along with paper, stationery, haberdashery and more.
Mobile phones can be sent to mobile muster. The phones are used to help people living in poverty.