eWaste Recycling

Implementation of E-waste landfill bans on 1 September 2013

Electronic waste (or e-waste), including televisions and computers, is growing three times faster than any other type of waste in Australia.

In addition to the prohibition on disposal of computers and televisions to landfill, the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 (under the Environmental Protection Act 1993) bans all other electrical waste including audio/video equipment, small household appliances, mobile phones, tools, toys, leisure equipment, home/office communications devices etc from direct disposal to landfill from 1 September 2013.

It is estimated that approximately 3,100 tonnes/year of e-waste (not including televisions and computers) is produced across South Australia.  This equates to approximately 2kg per person per year.

The correct recycling of electronic wastes is important as they often contain substances which are hazardous to humans and the environment when handled or disposed of inappropriately including:

  • Antimony
  • Chromium
  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Beryllium
  • Mercury
  • Brominated Flame Retardants
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Cadmium

 

Significantly, they also contain many rare and non-renewable resources and hence the disposal of e-waste to landfill results in increased extraction pressure being placed on the existing reserves.

The Zero Waste SA and EPA websites will provide information for all householders regarding their local electronics waste recycling options, including answers to frequently asked questions.   Additionally advertisements in local papers across the State during September 2013 informed all householders that electronic waste should not be placed in any kerbside bin and they should check the Zero Waste SA website or with council for recycling options.  

The City of Salisbury continues to receive e-waste at its Waste Transfer Station at Research Road, Pooraka although customers will be required to separate this from general waste brought to the facility.

Free Mobile Phone and Battery Recycling

Council’s Research Road Waste Transfer Station, Libraries and Municipal Centre provides a collection point for old mobile phones to be recycled as part of the MobileMuster Product Stewardship program.  MobileMuster is the only government accredited mobile phone and battery recycling program and it is the official product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry. The program is voluntarily funded by a number of the main players in the telecommunications industry with the aim of keeping old mobiles out of landfill.  Every collected mobile is recycled for resource recovery, nothing resold and any data left on the devices is destroyed in the recycling process. 

More information can be found regarding how mobile phones are recycled and the MobileMuster program here - http://www.mobilemuster.com.au/