There’s a lot of mystery surrounding e-waste disposal. From the categorisation of goods to their means of disposal, the topic has people scratching their heads and illegally dumping their washing machines.
So what can be recycled? What, if anything, can be chucked in the bin? And where can you find an answer?
To demystify the issue, let’s start with the basics…
What exactly is e-waste?
E-waste refers to electronic waste. According to the NSW government office of environment and heritage that includes “any item with a battery or plug that you wish to dispose of.”
Some examples of e-waste:
- Computers (and associated parts like monitors, printers and keyboards)
- Televisions and DVD players
- Radios, speakers and CD players
- Mobile phones
- Power tools
- Kitchen appliances and white goods
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports Australia as one of the highest users of technology on the planet, making e-waste one of the fastest growing types of waste in the country.