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Wollongong City Council


E-waste (electronic waste) is one of the fastest-growing types of waste in our community.

E-waste at our Community Recycling Centre

Our Community Recycling Centre (CRC) accepts a range of common e-waste items.

You can drop these e-waste items off for recycling at the CRC:

  • Batteries, including household and car batteries. Batteries from vapes can also be accepted, but only if they have been removed from vaping equipment.
  • Cables, cords and chargers (from TVs, computers, phones)
  • Cards and motherboards
  • Compact disk drives
  • Computer monitors
  • Computer mouse and trackball units
  • Desktop computers
  • Desktop printers
  • Digital disk drives
  • Electrical transformers in CPUs
  • Floppy disks
  • Hard drives
  • Joysticks and gamepads
  • Keyboards
  • Laptops, notebooks and palmtops
  • Mobile phones (please place in separate bin)
  • Multi-function devices
  • Scanners
  • Speakers
  • Televisions (plasma, LCD, CRD, rear projection)
  • Web cameras.

The CRC cannot accept other types of e-waste, including (but not limited to):

  • Consoles
  • Gaming machines
  • Hand tools
  • Heaters
  • Kitchen electronics such as microwaves, ovens, blenders, cookers, etc.
  • Modems
  • Set top boxes
  • Small appliances.

Note, many whitegoods may be accepted as scrap metal in a separate section to e-waste. See our Community Recycling Centre page for more information.

Other options

Here are some other options to consider instead of sending e-waste to landfill:

E-waste What to do
Computers and televisions Book a household cleanup or drop off up to 15 items per visit for free at our Community Recycling Centre.
Gaming devices These can be valuable! Try selling them online, or find a store that deals in second hand games and gear.
DVD players, stereos, cameras, iPods and toys Recycle your unwanted electronics through your nearest Storage King store.

For a small cost you can buy an e-waste collection box. Fill it with your old devices (you can even leave the batteries inside) and return it to Storage King. They'll recycle it through the ECOACTIV Product Recovery Program.

Find out more on the ECOACTIV website.
Mobile phones Drop off up to 15 old phones per visit at our Community Recycling Centre. You can also use the Mobile Muster program - all of our library locations have Mobile Muster drop off points.

Many stores that sell phones will also take old phones for recycling.
Apple products Apple Giveback lets you trade in old devices to get an Apple store gift card.

If your old Apple doesn't qualify for a trade-in, Apple will still recycle it for free.

Conditions apply. See Apple's website for details.
Vapes (e-cigarettes)Some reusable vaping products, including cartridges, replacement pods and liquid nicotine from re-usable vapes are now accepted at pharmacies under the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Program.

Single-use vaping products cannot be recycled and should be avoided where possible. These are problematic to dispose of as they contain lithium batteries.

Ask a waste expert

Still not sure? You can also visit the Wollongong Waste website to Ask a Waste Expert your questions about recycling, waste and reuse.