What should I know about e-waste?
What is e-waste?
E-waste is any old, unused or broken electronic appliance including computers, mobile phones, printers and related consumables such as cartridges, CDs and batteries. E-waste is growing between 8% and 11% each year making it one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world and a hazard to the environment and human health if not disposed of properly.
Why should e-waste be recycled?
E-waste contains precious resources including gold, glass, steel, copper, zinc, aluminium, platinum, plastic and brass which can be recovered and recycled into new products. When recycled properly, 90-95% of e-waste components can be recovered. E-waste recycling also ensures that hazardous substances such as mercury and lead in your electronic devices are disposed of correctly.
What can we recycle?
Cleanaway works with our network of municipal and industry partners to collect household e-waste through resource recovery centres, drop off points and community collection events across Australia.
Businesses with large amounts of e-waste can contact us for e-waste collection and recycling that includes the secure destruction of all confidential data.
Cleanaway’s BluBox technology
Our state-of-the-art BluBox technology delivers a true end-of-life solution for your e-waste. BluBox can process the equivalent of 300 LCD displays per hour, bringing down recycling costs and allowing for e-waste to be fully processed within Australia.
Household and business e-waste includes:
- Hard drives
- TV screens
- Fax machines
- USB drives
- White goods
- CDs and DVDs
Check with your local recycling centre before you go as not all sites can accept all materials.