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.

Examples of e-waste include:

  • entertainment equipment such as televisions, VCR and DVD players, cameras, game consoles, stereos
  • computers, monitors, hard drives, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners and other computer peripherals
  • small household appliances such as vacuum cleaners, hairdryers, irons, toasters, microwaves, electric mixers
  • electrical tools and electronic devices such as drills, electric mowers, sewing machines, solar garden lights


Why recycle e-waste?

You cannot place e-waste into your garbage or recycling bin. Since 2013 it has been banned from landfill. For disposal you must take it to an e-waste recycler (or some items can be included in 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.


E-waste recycling locations

You can take e-waste to a number of e-waste collection and recycling sites. Some locations take all e-waste for free and other sites may charge for some items. Please note some sites only accept televisions and computers as part of the Federal Government's National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

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

Lions Club of Richmond
57 Penong Avenue, Camden Park SA 5038
Drop off available Wednesday 9am - 12pm, and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 9am - 12pm.
Phone: 8295 4048
Unplug'n'Drop site. All electronic items accepted except fridges and freezers.

The Electronic Audio Shop
660 South Road, Glandore SA 5037
Phone: 8293 2198
Unplug'n'Drop Site. All electronic items accepted except fridges and freezers.

A delaide Waste and Recycling Centre 
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton SA 5037
Open Monday to Friday 7am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm.
Phone: 8295 5077
Solo website
TVs and computers are free. Fees apply for other e-waste.

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

Bunnings Marion
Westfield Marion, 416 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park SA 5046
Phone: 8375 7600
Free. Only small to medium size e-waste. No large TVs, fridges or freezers.

Advanced Recycling Technologies (ART) 
3/13 Chrysler Road, Lonsdale SA 5160
Open Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Saturday 9am-12 noon
Other days available by appointment
Phone: 8186 5883
Advanced Recycling Technologies website
Please contact ART prior to dropping off items to ensure still accepting e-waste due to quota limits.

Additional e-waste drop-off locations can be found on the Unplug'n'Drop website.

Whitegoods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines cannot be recycled at Unplug'n'Drop stations but must be delivered to Electronic Recycling Australia,149 Holbrooks Road, Underdale (enter via southern driveway).

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