What is e-waste?

E-waste includes 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 Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre for recycling by Mobile Muster.

Printer Cartridges can be dropped off at the Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre for recycling by Planet Ark.

In 2019 Hornsby Shire was awarded ‘Top printer cartridge recycler’ in Australia by Planet Ark and ‘Top mobile phone recycler’ in Australia by Mobile Muster.

Community Recycling Centre

Location: 29 Sefton Road, Thornleigh
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am – 4pm, Saturday 8.30am – 12 noon, closed public holidays
Waste Hotline: 13 70 30

How Computers Are Recycled

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Facility Updates

COVID-19 Update – Thursday 6 May 2021

It is mandatory to sign in on the NSW Government COVID Safe QR Code app each time you visit our facilities.

In accordance with NSW Health’s Public Health Orders, as of 5pm Thursday 6 May 2021 until 12.01am Monday 10 May, face masks are mandatory for patrons attending Council’s libraries and the Customer Service desks at Council Chambers, Thornleigh Brickpit (spectators only) and the Waste Management facility in Thornleigh. If you do not have a face mask, our friendly team will supply you with one free of charge. Patrons attending Hornsby Shire Aquatic & Leisure Centres are not required to wear a mask. Further information is available on the NSW Health website here.

Council’s Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre (CRC) is open, under appropriate COVID-19 Controls.

The Waste Customer Service Counter is also open to the public, from 8.30am-4pm.

Public enquiries can be directed to Council’s Waste Hotline as normal.

Waste Hotline

Phone: 13 70 30

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