Electronic & hazardous waste

Diverting inappropriate items from landfill and reducing contamination risks

While some waste is a part of residential life, there are certain things that can’t be disposed of through the regular residential bin collection service. These products risk contamination to landfill and surrounding areas, so items such as electronic waste and hazardous waste must be disposed of by alternate means.

Electronic waste

Elecrtonic, or e-waste can simply be described as any electrical or electronic items that requires a battery or needs to be plugged in to work. These object do not belong in your red lid bin or the landfill.

Electronic, or e-waste, includes items such as:

  • entertainment equipment, such as televisions, DVD players, VCRs, game consoles, remote controls, camera, speakers and stereos
  • laptops, tablets, computers, monitors, hard drives, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, and other home office objects
  • electrical tools like drills, electric mowers, sewing machines, solar garden lights
  • small household appliances such as hairdyers and curlers, vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters, microwaves, electric mixers floor lamps.

E-waste can be collected as part of your City of Adelaide hard waste collection. 

Remember: before you book a hard waste collection for e-waste alone, consider alternate methods of disposal. Some second hand stores such as Salvos and Vinnies may accepted working electricals, and mobile phones can be recycled through Mobile Muster.

E-waste deposit points

If you can’t wait for a hard waste collection you can take them to a designated recycling depot. The service is free, but there is a limit of 15 items /products per customer that can be dropped off at a time.

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre

181 Morphett Road, North Plympton
08 8295 5790

Beverley Waste and Recycling Centre

2-6 Toogood Avenue, Beverley
08 8408 1350

Hazardous waste

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and must not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

Hazardous household waste includes chemicals, insecticides, varnishes and solvents.

Hazardous waste disposal points

Hazardous household waste can be taken to the waste depots operated by Green Industries SA. This is a free service for all households. Depots are located across the suburbs. The closest to Adelaide are:

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre

181 Morphett Road, North Plympton
08 8295 5790

Campbelltown Works Depot

6 Newton Road, Campbelltown
08 8366 9310

For specific hazard waste enquiries, please contact:

Environment Protection Radiation
Protection Branch

08 8130 0700

Environment Protection Agency
General Enquiry Line

08 8204 2004

Department of Administrative and Information Services
Mineral Fibres Unit: 08 8303 0405 (removal)

08 8303 0405 (removal)
08 8303 0433 (transport)