Electronic Waste

What is e-waste?

E-waste is the name for electrical and electronic waste and is a growing waste issue.

E-waste includes items such as:

  • televisions, video, dvd and cd players
  • IT and telecommunications equipment (e.g. mobile phones and computer equipment)

Why is it a problem?

These types of items are made of complex man made materials and contain hazardous materials including lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants. If e-waste is disposed of in landfill, these hazardous and toxic substances can leach from the waste and create pollution.

How is e-waste recycled?

In Australia, e-waste gets dismantled into a wide range of electrical and electronic products. Hazardous substances are recovered and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Important recyclable resources such as metals, plastics and glass are recycled into new products.

Where can I recycle e-waste?

The City of Albany has a free drop off service at Fossicker's Tip Shop for household electrical items. Fossicker's Tip Shop is located at the Hanrahan Waste Minimisation Facility.

Fees apply for commercial e-waste.