Electronic Waste (e-waste)

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What is e-waste?

E-waste is any electrical or electronic item that needed a plug or a battery to work.

With constant changes in technology, households and offices can now have numerous electronic gadgets, many of which will only last a few years. These include everything from computers, TVs, printers and DVD players, to hairdryers and electric mixers.

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Why recycle e-waste?

You cannot place e-waste into your garbage or recycling bin. It is banned from landfill in South Australia under the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010. For disposal you must take it to an e-waste recycler or book it into a hard rubbish collection.

E-Waste is the fastest growing waste stream in Australia and contains many substances of concern such as lead, mercury, cadmium and lithium, amongst others. In landfill, e-waste leaches these hazardous substances into the soil and water which can lead to both health and environmental problems.

Sending e-waste to landfill also wastes non-renewable resources such as precious metals, glass and plastic. Extraction of these elements gives them a second life and around 90% of e-waste components can be recycled.

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Free television and computer recycling

As part of the Federal Government's National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, residents can dispose of their TVs and computers for free by taking them to over 13 registered sites in South Australia.

Items accepted under this scheme include:

  • Televisions.
  • Computer monitors, towers/ hard drives, keyboards, mice.
  • Computer cords, cables.
  • Toner and ink cartridges.
  • Printers.
  • Scanners.
  • Laptops.
  • Fax machines.

For City of Marion residents, the closest drop-off locations may be:

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre 
Open Monday to Friday 7am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton SA 5037
Phone: 8295 5077
Solo website

Harvey Norman (TVs, computers and printer cartridges)
Open weekdays 9am-5:30pm, 9am-9pm Thursday
822-826 Marion Road, Marion SA 5043
Phone: 8375 7777

Advanced Recycling Technologies (ART) 
Open Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Saturday 9am-12 noon
Other days available by appointment
3/13 Chrysler Road, Lonsdale SA 5160
Phone: 8186 5883
Advanced Recycling Technologies website

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Other household electronics and appliances

You can take other e-waste to a number of e-waste collection and recycling sites. Please note any applicable fees which cover the costs of dismantling the electronics to recover all the materials.

Other e-waste which can be taken for recycling includes:

  • VCR, CD and DVD players.
  • Computer game consoles.
  • Stereo and sound systems.
  • Digital and video cameras.
  • Photocopiers and projectors.
  • Microwaves.
  • Small appliances (eg. fans, hair dryers, kettles heaters, toasters).
  • Vacuum cleaners.
  • White goods (eg. Refrigerators, washing machines, dryers).

Local options for e-waste recycling include:

Solo Resource Recovery 
Open Monday to Friday 7am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton SA 5037
Phone: 8295 5077

Daws Road Bottle Co.
(for e-waste recycling)
76 Daws Road, Edwardstown SA 5039
Ph: 8277 5588
They will take in some e-waste such as computers, as long as it is both the monitor and the computer tower/unit.

Advanced Recycling Technologies (ART) 
Open Friday 8:30am-4:30pm & Saturday 9am-12 noon
Other days available by appointment
3/13 Chrysler Road, Lonsdale SA 5160
Phone: 8186 5883

Lonsdale Waste and Recycling Depot
Open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-4pm
10 Donegal Road, Lonsdale SA 5160
Phone: 8326 5033

E-Cycle Recovery 
Open Monday to Friday 7:30am-2:30pm
12-14 Balderstone Road, Gepps Cross SA 5094
Phone: 8262 4074

Aspitech
(for e-waste recycling)
149 Holbrooks Road, Underdale SA 5032
Phone: 8374 2276

For more collection sites, you can visit the Green Industries SA website.

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Fluorescent globes, mobile phones and batteries 

Information about these items can be found on our Other Waste page:

  • Fluorescent globes and other energy-saving globes.
  • Mobile phones.
  • Batteries.

For further information, please feel free to contact the City of Marion on 8375 6600 or email waste@marion.sa.gov.au

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