As Australians increase their reliance on technology it is imperative that when electronic devices reach the end of their life that they are disposed of responsibly and in an environmentally sustainable way.
Around 90% of what's used to make televisions and computers can be recycled, yet more than 1.5 million are dumped in Australian landfills each year posing an environmental risk due to the hazardous materials contained in them including heavy metals and broken glass.
To prevent this, computers and televisions will be banned from being disposed of to landfill in metropolitan Adelaide from 1 September 2012 under the South Australian Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010. Computers, televisions and fluorescent lighting will be banned from the rest of the state from 1 September 2013.
Televisions, computers and computer equipment, fluorescent lighting and other lights containing mercury, such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s) will be banned. Householders should not put these items into any of their household waste or recycling bins.
Other household electrical goods such as kettles and hair dryers can be taken to a recycling centre and are due to be banned from landfill across the state in 2013.
It is illegal to dump unwanted e-waste on the street or in a public place (including public bins). Dumping e-waste is never a free option as the costs to local and state government to collect and clean up e-waste are passed onto the local community and the environment.
What do I do with my e-waste?
Televisions and computers:
Council offers e-waste recycling options as part of our existing services, with televisions and computers accepted at our 3 Transfer Stations and stored separately.
As the national recycling scheme rolls out there will be more recycling opportunities available.
There are three sites accepting TVs and computers free of charge from all SA residents.
These are as follows:
Beverley Waste and Recycling Centre
2-6 Toogood Avenue, Beverly
Opening times and more information.
Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton
Solo Resource Recovery on 8295 5077
Intergrated Waste Services
Lot 254 Hines and Wingfield, Wingfield
Phone 8243 2644
Fluorescent tubes and other lighting
Householders can drop off household lights including halogen, incandescent and fluorescent globes for free at any Mitre 10 or True Value Hardware stores in South Australia.
Fluorescent tubes can also be taken to DeLights at 37 Anzac Highway, Ashford or Ikea at 397 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Adelaide Airport.
There are also several commercial recycling companies who accept electronic waste for recycling, although this may be at a fee. Check the Zero Waste SA website for current listings and information about e-waste at http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/e-waste.