Free e-waste collection service
Published 20 November 2019
Australians are among the highest users of electronics in the world and our e-waste (electronic waste) is growing three times faster than the rate of regular garbage. E-waste needs to be kept out of landfill as it leeches hazardous materials which can damage the environment and our health, but also contains valuable materials that can be re-used.
To help address this growing problem, Woollahra Council has launched a free e-waste collection service, accessed through the Woollahra Council app, which provides residents with the convenience of being able to schedule a collection for the following business day, or book in for a future date.
The night before collection, e-waste can be placed neatly at the kerbside or rear lane for pick up. There are no limits to the amount of collections per year.
Once collected, e-waste will be separated into various streams including metals, plastics and glass and then sent to recycling partners for further processing to convert back into raw useable materials.
“This service provides our residents with a quick, free and simple way of making sure their e-waste doesn’t end up as toxic landfill,” Woollahra mayor Susan Wynne said. “Scheduling collection of PCs, laptops, phones, printers and cables through our app will help to make a significant difference by giving these resources a second life.”Via the app, residents can also offer their e-waste up for collection to other residents by listing it on a community noticeboard. “Some e-waste may not need to be recycled at all – list it for free and it could be re-used by someone else,” the Mayor said.
To book in a collection, log a request via the Woollahra Council App or call Council Monday – Friday on 9391 7000. All personal information and data should be removed by the owner prior to collection.
- Desktop computers, monitors, keyboards, mice and cables
- Laptop computers, tablets, GPS & PDA units
- Printers, scanners, copy and fax machines (household size)
- Hard drives and modems
- Video game consoles, devices and controllers/joysticks
- Mobile phones, landlines phones & cameras
- Televisions, CD players and DVD players
Items not accepted:
- Whitegoods and large appliances – fridges, stoves, vacuums, microwaves etc.
- Small household and vehicle batteries
- LED lights, fluorescent light tubes and globes
- Video tapes, cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs
Alternatively, e-waste can also be dropped off for recycling at Council’s free, biannual drop off collections at Woollahra/Waverley Depot, 67A Bourke Rd, Alexandria. The next collection day is scheduled for Sunday 24 November 2019, between 9am and 3pm.
Visit our E-waste page for further information about the collection service and our biannual drop off days.
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