What is e-waste?

Do you know what the term e-waste stands for? If not, don’t worry!  Many Australians don’t know what the term e-waste means despite it being an integral part of our everyday lives.

What does e-waste mean?

All electronics that are no longer functional and are beyond repair are considered “electronic waste” otherwise known as e-waste.

E-waste is basically anything with a plug, battery or cord that is at the end of its useful life. It covers a range of items we use in our daily lives at home or work, including televisions, computers, mobile phones, audio devices, appliances, white goods, even air conditioners.

What constitutes e-waste?

E-waste is anything with a:

  • Plug
  • Battery
  • Cord
  • Screen
  • Or electronic light source

That has come to the end of its useful life.

Examples of e-waste

Large appliances

  • Refrigerators
  • Washing machines
  • Cookers
  • Microwaves
  • Electric fans
  • Air conditioners

Small appliances

  • Irons
  • Toasters
  • Coffee machines
  • Hairdryers
  • Watches

IT, telecommunications and TV equipment

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Mobile phones
  • Televisions
  • Remote controls

Other e-waste

  • Medical devices
  • Automatic dispensers
  • Thermostats

Lighting equipment

  • Fluorescent lamps
  • High intensity
  • Discharge lamps
  • Compact fluorescent lamps
  • LEDs
  • Light bulbs

Electrical and electronic tools

  • Drills
  • Saws
  • Sewing machines
  • Lawnmowers
  • Batteries

Toys, leisure and sports equipment

  • Electric trains and racing cars
  • Hand-held video games
  • Consoles
  • Amplifiers
  • Musical instruments
  • Radios

Repair don’t replace!

Remember! If you repair your broken electronic item it doesn’t have to become e-waste. Most computers, laptops and mobile phones can be easily repaired, repurposed and given a second life. And there are a lot of people out there who could benefit from a used computer.

Where to recycle your e-waste

Eventually, every product will reach the end of its useful life. And when it does, make sure you dispose of it properly using an accredited recycler.
You can learn more about where to drop-off your non-functional items in our article Where to recycle your e-waste or in the video below.

PS: Don’t forget to sign our petition to Ban e-waste from WA landfills!

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