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E-Waste Recycling

Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing type of waste in the world. In Aotearoa New Zealand, we generate around 80,000 tonnes per year!

E-waste often contains dangerous metals and other substances that can be toxic to the environment and to human health if disposed of or handled inappropriately. Some may also contain valuable and scarce resources that should be recovered and recycled.

From 1 November 2021 items containing a battery, such as mobile phones, personal computers, etc. will not be accepted as refuse at the Waste Recovery Centre.

This is because refuse in the hoppers is crushed, which can damage batteries and lead to fires. Broken computer and mobile phone batteries are a leading cause of fires in both rubbish trucks and landfills. 

Free battery drop-off points

Don't bin batteries! Loose batteries can be dropped off free of charge for recycling at the Waste Recovery Centre and Nelson Environment Centre.

Learn more about our battery disposal service.

E-waste recycling and recovery

Nelson Environment Centre is located next to the Waste Recovery Centre and accepts electronic items for recycling and recovery, including batteries.

Nelson Environment Centre offers E-Waste recycling in the Nelson and Tasman regions with support from Councils.

Items that can be recycled include TVs and monitors (CRT and LCD), desktop PCs and laptops, modems, computer speakers, printers, scanners, fax machines, mobile phones, mice and household appliances.

Free recycling for electronic items

TechCollectNZ offer a free recycling service at Noel Leeming for a range of items including personal computers, tablets, printers, cameras and peripherals.

For more information on what can be recycled and where items are accepted go to techcollect.nzThese items are sent to Auckland to be recycled and achieve at least a 90% material recovery rate.

Free mobile phone recycling 

Mobile phones can be dropped off for recycling through the RE:mobile programme at a range of locations in the regionMoney from recycling phones is donated to Sustainable Coastlines. To check out the full list of collection points go to drop-off locations