What is e-waste?
Computers, televisions and associated products
Televisions, desktop computers, laptops, tablets, PC monitors, loose hard drives, keyboards, plastic computer speakers, motherboards, video and sound cards, printers (with toners removed), scanners, network devices, set top boxes, mice, other computer parts, cables, IT accessories, gaming equipment, web cameras, DVD and VCR players, CD and DVD discs (discs only not the covers).
What happens to our e-waste?
Hornsby Shire Council accepts e-waste at our Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre. This waste is collected by Council’s contractor, Sims Recycling, who then takes it to the Sims Villawood facility, where it is manually separated by material type for easier processing.
Some items will require special handling as they contain mercury and other heavy metals.
After these items have been removed, the e-waste is then placed in an automated shredder, where commodities are removed separately using eddy currents, magnets and other metal finding technology.
Steel, plastic, aluminium and other components are then sent to Sims’ partner organisations in Australia and overseas, for reuse and recycling. Precious metals including copper, gold and silver are also separated from circuit board materials for reuse.
Your e-waste is then turned into new electronic items, electrical wiring, water piping, engine parts, building products and more.
Mobile Phones and Printer Cartridges
Mobile Phones and accessories can be dropped off at the Community Recycling Centre for recycling by Mobile Muster. Hornsby Shire Council is the No.1 Council in NSW for recycling mobile phones in 2017.
Printer Cartridges can be dropped off at the Community Recycling Centre for recycling by Planet Ark. Hornsby Shire Council is the No.1 Council in Australia for recycling printer cartridges in 2017.
Location: 29 Sefton Road, Thornleigh
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am – 4pm, Saturday 8.30am – 12 noon, closed public holidays
Waste Hotline: 9847 4856
How Computers Are Recycled
- Sims Recycling Solutions - Advanced Material Recovery - PDF - 847kb
Waste & Recycling EnquiriesPlease call the Waste Hotline on
Hornsby Shire Council Waste Depot - Christmas Opening Hours
- Closed from 12.00 midday Monday 24 December 2018
- Closed Public Holidays and Weekends
- Open from 8.30am to 5pm (Thursday 27 December 2018, Friday 28 December and Monday 31 December 2018)
Customer Service Counter
- Closed from 12.00 midday Monday 24 December 2018 until Tuesday 1 January 2019 (inclusive)
- Re-opens on Wednesday 2 January 2019
Community Recycling Centre
- Closed from Tuesday 25 December 2018 until Tuesday 1 January 2019
- Re-opens Wednesday 2 January (Please note the CRC is closed on Mondays)
- There will be NO CHANGES to collection days (including collections that fall on a Public Holiday). The collection times may differ over this period so please ensure all bins are placed out the evening prior to your collection day.