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E-Waste Recycling: Nelson City Council

Lithium-ion (LI) batteries, like the ones found in many personal electronic devices including smartphones, contain hazardous materials and are a leading cause of fires in rubbish/recycling trucks and landfills. In the past 12 months alone, more than 20 fires caused by batteries have been recorded at the Nelson landfill.
From 1 November 2021, all items containing a battery e.g. mobile phones, personal computers, will no longer be accepted as refuse at the Nelson Waste Recovery Centre and residents will be asked to use safer ways to dispose of batteries and other e-waste.
To make it easier, there are free drop- battery recycling points for ALL loose/single batteries up to the size of an electric tool power pack at:
-Waste Recovery Centre and Nelson Environment Centre, Vivian Place
-Nelson City Council Customer Service Centre, Trafalgar Street
Large vehicle/lead acid batteries are excluded, although Nelson Environment Centre does accept lead acid batteries.
There are plenty of options for safely and responsibly recycling e-waste in Nelson.
RE:Mobile drop-off boxes for free mobile phone recycling can be found at:
– Council’s Customer Service Centre
– Elma Turner Library
– 2degrees, Spark or Vodafone retail stores and kiosks
– Resene
– Noel Leeming
TechCollect NZ provides free drop-off point for electronic items such as laptops, tablets, monitors, printers, cameras and accessories (from households and businesses) at Noel Leeming.
Nelson Environment Centre provides a reasonably-priced recycling service for electronic waste and a subsidy from Nelson City Council is available (up to $20 per household or business per year) to assist residents to dispose of e-waste responsibly.
More information on how to safely dispose of e-waste items can be found at:

Electrical waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing type of waste in the world. In New Zealand, we generate around 80,000 tonnes per year!

E-waste often contains dangerous metals and other substances that can be toxic to the environment and to human health if disposed of or handled inappropriately. Some may also contain valuable and scarce resources that should be recovered and recycled.

From 1 November 2021 items with batteries such as cellphones, personal computers, etc,  will not be accepted as refuse at the Waste Recovery Centre.

This is because refuse in the hoppers is crushed, which can damage batteries and lead to fires. Broken computer and cellphone batteries are a leading cause of fires in both rubbish trucks and landfills. Nelson Environment Centre is located next to the Waste Recovery Centre and accepts electronic items for recycling and recovery, including batteries.

For information on where loose batteries can be dropped off free of charge, Learn more about our battery disposal service.

Nelson Environment Centre offers E-Waste recycling in the Nelson and Tasman regions.

Items that can be recycled include TVs and monitors (CRT and LCD), desktop PCs and laptops, modems, computer speakers, printers, scanners, fax machines, mobile phones, mice and household appliances.

Visit Nelson Environment Centre E-waste for information on the $20 subsidy available for their e-waste recycling service (one per Nelson household). This subsidy is supported by Nelson City Council.

TechCollect also offer a free recycling service for a range of items including personal computers, tablets, printers, cameras and peripherals. For more information on what can be recycled and where items are accepted go to


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