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

Electronic, 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 hairdryers 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.

If you can’t wait for a hard waste collection you can take them to a designated recycling depot. Please contact the businesses to find out if a cost is involved.

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

Did you know that Bunnings stores are now also e-waste drop-off centres? You can take your unwanted televisions, microwaves, computers, and other electricals (and all their cables and cords) and place them in the large crates outside your local Bunnings.

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 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)