Electronic Waste Recycling
  • Last updated:
  • 21 Sep 2016

The term 'e-waste' refers to all old electronic appliances that no longer work or are obsolete. Examples of e-waste include printers, televisions, scanners, video game consoles, computers, laptops and monitors.

Recyclable materials

E-waste contains recyclable materials. These materials commonly include, but are not limited to:

  • glass
  • plastics
  • metals and alloys such as iron, steel, aluminium and copper
  • precious metals such as gold, platinum and silver.

E-waste stewardship and responsibility for collection and recycling was established by the federal government under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. With this program valuable materials were recycled and waste to landfill was reduced.

The necessary support for this program was under-estimated, and the Sunshine Coast no longer has access to it. Council is currently pursuing other options. Meanwhile, e-waste will still be taken at all of council's waste facilities (at no cost - there is a maximum of 10 items per delivery). The e-waste will be recovered for resale where possible or sent to the scrap metal pile. The remainder will go to landfill.

Transfer stations will also accept, the non-ewaste items listed below from householders and small businesses.

Non-e-waste items:

  • alarm clocks
  • hairdryers
  • kitchen appliances
  • microwaves
  • vacuum cleaners
  • white goods
  • mobile phones with batteries.

These items may be accepted as general waste (a fee may apply).

Product Stewardship

For more information visit the Department of the Environment.