E-waste

We’re a drop-off point for e-waste, helping keep these items out of landfill so they can be put to better use. Here’s what you can recycle with us, where and how.

How to recycle E-waste with Us

We have two places you can bring e-waste to be recycled, for a small fee. These fees cover processing costs, and go a long way to helping make Auckland a healthier, waste-free place to live. Thank you for your contribution as well as making the effort to recycle your e-waste.

Once dropped off, most items are whipped off to Abilities, a well-established organisation enriching the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful employment. There, the e-waste is dealt with sustainably. It’s broken down into base components, then either recycled locally or sent to an accredited recycling centre overseas.

When and where to drop off

Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am to 2pm
Resource Recovery Depot: Unit E, 489 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland.

We accept fridges and freezers at the Resource Recovery Depot, but not other large items like washing machines, extra large TVs and dryers.

Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 2pm 
EcoMatters Store: 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn, Auckland.

Sorry, we can’t accept any large appliances at the EcoMatters Store.

*Both locations are closed on public holidays*

For smaller items such as batteries, light bulbs, toothbrushes and more, please visit our recycling page.

What it costs to recycle E-waste with us

E-Waste Rate Guide 
(effective 16 September 2021, subject to change)
ItemCost (GST incl)
Computer Items
Desktops$5
All Flat Screen Computer Monitors$10
All CRT Computer Monitors$15
Hard Drive (No certificate of destruction)$3
Hard Drive (With certificate of destruction)$10
Laptops$5
Laptop batteries$2.50
Misc. computer items i.e. mice, keyboards, etc.$2 each
Tablets/ ipads$5
Printers
Small Printers, Scanners, Fax Machines$10
Medium Printers, Scanners (photocopiers)$25
Consumer Electronics
CRT TVs 20" and larger (Max size: 30")
$35
CRT TVs 20" or smaller$20
All Flat Screen TVs$15
Speakers$5
Stereos$5
Telephones, mobile phones$2
DVD/VCR players$5
Light Bulb - Standard Size$1
Light Bulb - Large (outdoor/non-standard)$2
CFL Tubes$3
Household Appliances
Small (Kettle, toaster, hair dryers, irons, food processors, fan heaters etc)$5
Medium (Microwaves, vacuum cleaners, oil heaters, dehumidifiers etc)$10
Fridges & Freezers$20
Please note fridges and freezers are the only large items that we accept and these can only be dropped at the Resource Recovery Depot.
Batteries
Alkaline$3 per kg
Non - Alkaline (button, rechargable, Lithium, Ni - Mh, phone)$5.50 per kg
Mixed Batteries$5.50 per kg
UPS Devices$5 each
Small lead-acid batteries (Look like mini car batteries, used for security systems + more)$2 each
Lithium Car BatteriesFree
Misc. Items
Wires, cords, modems, anything that needs to be sorted into a box$3 per kg
VHS Tapes (no cases)$1 each
CDs/Floppy Disks (no cases)$3 per kg
Empty printer ink and toner cartridges of any brand (but not external packaging)$3 per kg

WHAT IS E-WASTE? 

E-waste is a universally agreed upon term for electrical or electronic equipment that has been or will soon be thrown away. This includes both working and broken items. There are many good reasons to keep this growing waste material out of landfill, but one of the most important reasons is that these items are full of toxic chemicals that leak out from the metal components inside, once in the ground. New Zealand produces about 80,000 tonnes of e-waste a year, yet is reported to recycle a mere 2% of it. This is why your efforts, along with EcoMatters and our e-waste partners, are so important for our taioa (natural environment) and our hapori (community).