Recycle your e-waste the easy way

With advances in technology happening at warp speed, it’s no wonder that household and office items on-trend a few years ago are today’s eyesores.

We officially said RIP to electric typewriters, fax machines, discmans and mini discmans years ago. Now we’re breaking up with CDs, notebooks, video recorders, DVDs, cameras, MP3 players and gaming devices.

Australians generate more than 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste each year and most of it ends up in landfill – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

In a City of Sydney e-waste drop off last October, Sydneysiders recycled twenty tonnes of electronic waste in six hours, saving it from ending up in landfill.

Why not make the most of the City’s drop off days this year – in March, June, October and December. Best of all, the drop-off days are free. The next one is on Saturday 12 March at Bay Street, Ultimo, 9am–3pm.

Here’s the lowdown on e-waste days:

• What can I drop off?

TVs, computers and printers and other home office equipment, vacuum cleaners, hairdryers…these are just some of the items we can take off your hands.

• Can I turn up and poach some freebies?

No. For a start, some e-waste can be hazardous. For example, computer screens and TVs contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, which can leach out from landfills and into waterways. That’s why it’s so important you recycle these items correctly.
We also protect the privacy of the item’s owners. That means you can be sure your data won’t go astray if you drop an item off for recycling.

• What do you do with it all?

All the e-waste we collect is processed in Villawood by our contractor Sims Recycling Solutions, where over 95% of it is recycled. Components and parts are stripped safely, broken down into other items and sold again separately.

• What if I can’t come to the drop-off day?

If you can’t make it to the e-waste drop-off day in March, there are other things you can do.
You’ll find phone, bulb and battery recycling stations in the City’s community centres andlibraries.
If your item is bigger, pencil in an upcoming e-waste day and keep a look out on the Green Villages twitter channel or enewsletters for reminders.
Also see a list of other places you can drop off e-waste or consult the Garbage Guru for more ideas on what to do with your e-waste.

• Is it just for City of Sydney business and residents?

No! We welcome everyone who wants to give their electrical waste a new lease on life.