E waste disposal in Australia

Did you know that e waste – such as old mobile phones, TVs and laptops – is responsible for 70% of the toxic chemicals found in landfill?

These toxins, including lead, cadmium and mercury, can end up in our soil and water. In Australia alone, 88% of our e waste ends up in landfill (across the world, that statistic is averaged out as 82.4%) and yet it’s possible to recycle 98% of the components of these electronic devices.

In 2023, that’s a whopping 347 million metric tonnes of e waste across the globe that could have been recycled.

We’re trying to educate people everywhere on the impact of not properly disposing of e waste. That impact is not only harmful to the environment but could also be harmful to human health.

This e waste infographic tells that story and shows people how to dispose of e waste properly.

Because electronic waste is deemed hazardous waste, it cannot be placed in any kind of skip bin or even your council general waste bin. Your options are to:

  • Take it to a licensed recycling facility
  • Dispose of it through your council’s hard rubbish collection service (if available)
  • Sell or donate working items

E waste disposal in Australia

Infographic Source: https://www.justskips.net.au/waste-types/e-waste/

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