Clean Up Australia Day – How to Recycle Your e-Waste

As Clean Up Australia Day approaches, we are here to help you learn how to dispose of your e-Waste. Starting with…

What is e-Waste?

Each year, millions of electronic devices like televisions, computers and mobile phones are discarded in Australia. E-waste is a rapidly growing stream of waste containing valuable and rare materials that are critical to reduce, reuse and recycle. Australians are among the highest users of new technology, and e-waste from obsolete electronic goods, e-waste is growing 3 times faster than general waste.

What does e-Waste include?

E-waste is any item with a plug, battery or power cord that’s no longer working or unwanted. It includes, but is not limited to:

• Computers, laptops and tablets
• Televisions
• Mobile phones
• Digital cameras
• Printers and photocopiers
• Fax machines
• USBs
• Batteries and electronic tools
• Home appliances
• Electronic toys

How can we minimise our impact?

Minimising e-waste helps protect the environment and recover precious materials for reuse.

• Reduce your consumption of electronic devices
• Buy second hand electronics
• Donate or sell electronics that are in good condition
• Extend the life of your electronics by taking care of them
• Repair broken electronics
• Recycle your electronic devices

How do I recycle e-Waste in my community?

E-waste should not be put in your rubbish or recycling bin.

You can take your e-waste to the local drop-off point to help keep precious metals out of our ecosystem and give new life to finite materials. 90% of the materials in a mobile phone handset can be recovered and reused!

To recycle your household e-waste, you may visit your local drop off point.
Alternatively, the city of Perth will be conducting a Bulk Verge Collection on Monday 13 March 2023 where they will also be collecting your electronic waste.

Don’t forget to remove your personal information from your devices before recycling!


Recycling can seem really confusing and staying up to date is a big challenge! What you can put in your recycling bin depends on which items your local council accepts. But did you know there are innumerable ways to recycle items that don’t below in your kerbside recycling bin?

Tennis balls, coffee cups, plant pots, computer keyboards and seedling trays can all now be recycled at local collection points. Items that are composed of valuable materials like metals, leather, and even plastic shouldn’t be wasted in landfill.

What can I recycle in my area?

Examples of items that can be recycled, but don’t below in your kerbside recycling include:

• Batteries
• Basketballs
• Bread Tags
• Blister Packs
• Soft Plastics
• Coffee Cups
• Plastic Lids
• Plant Pots
• Running Shoes
• Sunglasses
• Aluminium Foil
• Clothing

Collection Points near and around Perth, WA.

• City of South Perth Recycling Centre; 199 Thelma St, Como WA 6152; (08) 9474 0970
• West Metro Recycling Centre; 60 Lemnos St, Shenton Park WA 6008; (08) 9384 6711

For more information

Recycle Mate is an app that helps you recycle anywhere in Australia. Just upload a photo or type the name of an item you would like to know more about and Recycle Mate will give you disposal advice specific to your location.