Drop off Your eWaste for Free

13 August 2013

Thanks to a new partnership with e-recycler RemarkIT, Wellingtonians can now dispose of most e-waste for free at the Southern Landfill’s recycling centre.

Young woman dropping off an old power supply unit and a video player.

RemarkIT follows the Ministry for the Environment’s guidelines for collecting and recycling e-waste, and the Australian-New Zealand Standard for collection, storage, transport and treatment of electrical and electronic equipment. This means they report on where all collected materials have gone and don’t dump leaded glass into landfills.

Stavros Michael, the Council’s City Networks Manager, says the partnership is a great new service for Wellingtonians.

“We worked hard to find a solution for free e-waste disposal that is not funded by rates,” he says. “Through our partnership with RemarkIT, the sale of components from the recyclable part of e-waste will fund the service, making it free for Wellingtonians and the Council.”

You can drop off the following electrical equipment free of charge:

  • computers (excluding some older screens), laptops, printers, fax machines, copiers, scanners
  • toys, leisure and sports equipment with electronic components, calculators, phones
  • toasters, microwaves, fans, fryers, vacuum cleaners, irons, scales
  • drills, sewing machines, smoke detectors, regulators, thermostats
  • radios, hi-fi, stereos
  • DVD and video players, and other home entertainment equipment - except for TVs.

Television sets and cathode ray tube (CRT) computer screens will cost you $20 to drop off, in line with other e-recyclers. These screens include leaded glass that must be stripped out and processed overseas.

For a limited time, though, you’ll be able to recycle your old TV for just $5 at the Southern Landfill as part of TV Takeback, which coincides with New Zealand’s switch from analogue to digital television (Going Digital).

Funded by the Ministry for the Environment, TV Takeback starts in Wellington on 21 August and covers around 3,000 TV sets to be recycled at the landfill. After this, the $20 fee will apply. So bring your old TV to the new e-waste drop-off at the Southern Landfill recycling centre after 21 August - but make sure you get in quick so you don’t miss out on the discount. The TV Takeback subsidy does not cover computer CRT screens.

For more information, see:
Recycling - eWaste