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As Australians increase their reliance on technology, disposing of unwanted electronic products (e-waste) in an environmentally responsible way is becoming an increasingly important issue. Many older televisions are being disposed following the digital switchover in Adelaide and surrounding areas on 2 April 2013.
E-waste contains hazardous materials including heavy metals and glass which if broken or damaged pose an unacceptable environmental hazard. Also, around 90% of what's used to make televisions and computers can be recycled, saving valuable, finite resources.
Whitegoods have been banned from direct landfill disposal since 1 September 2011.
Since 1 September 2012, computers, televisions and fluorescent lighting from metropolitan Adelaide have been banned from being disposed of directly to landfill. From 1 September 2013, e-waste will be banned from direct landfill disposal across all of South Australia.
Where to recycle
Televisions, computer and computer peripherals
Householders can recycle televisions, computers and computer peripherals for free at 15 ongoing sites across South Australia. Many more free drop-off sites will be establish across the state by the end of 2013 in addition to special drop-off events. For details of the sites and other e-waste recycling options visit ZeroWaste or contact your local council. The television and computer industry funds the recycling of materials from these sites under a national recycling scheme.
Householders can also recycle fluorescent lighting for free. Simply visit any Banner Hardware, Mitre 10 or True Value hardware store. Selected lighting stores and councils will also recycle your old globes for free. Refer to ZeroWaste to help find your local store.
Scrap metal merchants will collect whitegoods for recycling for free in many areas - you may need to use one nominated by your council. Otherwise contact your council about your nearest drop-off options. Visit Recycle Right to see local recycling options.
Visit Recycle Right to see your local recycling options.
Last modified: 29/04/2013 02:53 pm