Electronic Waste Recycling
  • Last updated:
  • 12 Jun 2018

The term 'e-waste' refers to all old computers, computer related products and televisions 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.

Sunshine Coast Council's transfer stations will also accept, the non-ewaste items listed below from householders and small businesses.

Non-e-waste items are accepted for disposal as general waste (waste disposal charges may apply) are:

  • alarm clocks
  • hairdryers
  • kitchen appliances
  • microwaves
  • vacuum cleaners
  • white goods

Mobile phones and accessories

Mobile phones (with the battery) are now accepted for recycling free of charge at all Sunshine Coast Council waste facilities and public libraries when placed in the mobile muster bins and boxes. Mobile phones contain recyclable materials such as glass, metal and plastic. Sunshine Coast Council is a participant in 'mobile muster' and further information can be found on the MobileMuster website.

Product Stewardship

For more information visit the Department of the Environment.