Hazardous waste is any waste that poses a serious risk to the public or the environment, due to its reactivity, flammability, corrosiveness or toxicity.
There are a number of household items (such as batteries and compact fluorescent lamp light bulbs) that are classified as hazardous waste because they contain heavy metals or other dangerous chemicals. These items cannot be disposed of in your household rubbish bin, recycling bin or bulk verge collection, and must be taken to a disposal site.
E-waste (or electronic waste) is a diverse and growing type of waste that includes:
- Computers, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice
- Televisions, DVD/CD players and radios
- Photocopiers and fax machines
- Printer cartridges
- Mobile phones and digital cameras
- Batteries (also a form of household hazardous waste)
- Game consoles
- Power tools
E-waste deserves thoughtful disposal so that valuable resources and components (such as copper wire, glass, plastics and metals) can be recovered. Many e-waste items can be recycled, with benefits including diverting waste from landfill, reclaiming valuable resources, and reducing water and energy usage.