Electronic Waste

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It is important to recycle the materials used in electronic goods. The recycling process creates jobs in South Australia and reduces landfill. Electronic waste (e-waste) has been banned from landfill since 2013.

What is e-waste?

E-waste includes numerous items that are commonly used by households, such as:

  • televisions
  • computers
  • laptops
  • printers
  • phones
  • batteries
  • printer cartridges
  • MP3 players
  • microwaves
  • hairdryers
  • food processors
  • drills
  • watches
  • electronic kids toys
  • kitchen appliances
  • whitegoods (fridges and washing machines)
  • cabling
  • gaming devices
  • monitors
  • computer peripherals
    (mice, keyboards, modems, network devices)
  • light globes
  • fax machines
  • cameras (digital and video)
  • scanners
  • stereo equipment
  • DVD and video players
    (including CDs, VHS and cassette tapes)

Where to drop e-waste?

There are now numerous sites where e-waste can be dropped off around Adelaide, usually free of charge. Most sites have limited hours, e.g. most sites are only available during business hours. Additionally, some sites have limits on what can be dropped off. It is best to call the site before delivering your e-waste, to check on charges, opening hours, and what you can drop off. To find an e-waste site, visit the following websites:

Household batteries and old mobile phones can also be dropped at the Burnside Civic Centre during business hours, see the staff at the customer service desk for advice on where to deposit these items.

Whitegoods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines can be recycled by suppliers of new products. If you are buying new whitegoods, check with the retailer and see if they will collect any whitegoods you are replacing. Whitegoods can be booked in for hard waste collection.  Alternatively, these items may be dropped to a resource transfer station, or picked-up by a waste collection service, such as:

  • Cleanaway Welland Waste & Recycling Depot: 158 Frederick St, Welland. Some items may be free to drop off – check open hours and potential fees with the operator: (08) 8340 2200
  • Metro Waste: 19/25 Murray St, Thebarton. Some items may be free to drop off – check open hours and potential fees with the operator: (08) 8443 8827
  • Distribution360 provide a pick-up service (fees apply), phone 8280 8700 or visit their visit their website for further details

Need further assistance?

Please call 8366 4200 or email council if you are a resident and need assistance finding a location to deliver your e-waste.

The Council does offer a limited e-waste service, on the fourth Monday of each month (except public holidays), between 10 am and 12 noon, with the following requirements:

  • Bring domestic e-waste into the Council Depot - access is via the pedestrian gate (use the intercom to request access).
  • Location: Council Depot, 528 Glynburn Road, Burnside. Cars must be parked outside of the Council Depot.
  • Items accepted: e-Waste items that can be carried by one person (no fridges or large items).
  • Identification is required: demonstrate you are a Burnside Council resident with a Drivers’ Licence or Rates Notice.
  • Upcoming dates in 2019: 25 November, 23 December.
  • Upcoming dates in 2020: 24 February, 23 March, 27 April.
  • This service will be available until otherwise advised on this web page.