Electrical waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing type of waste in the world. In 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 with batteries such as cellphones, 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 cellphone batteries are a leading cause of fires in both rubbish trucks and landfills. Nelson Environment Centre is located next to the Waste Recovery Centre and accepts electronic items for recycling and recovery, including batteries.
For information on where loose batteries can be dropped off free of charge, Learn more about our battery disposal service.
Nelson Environment Centre offers E-Waste recycling in the Nelson and Tasman regions.
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.
Visit Nelson Environment Centre E-waste for information on the $20 subsidy available for their e-waste recycling service (one per Nelson household). This subsidy is supported by Nelson City Council.
TechCollect also offer a free recycling service 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.nz.