The system behind the recycling of old computers and televisions in Wagga should be able to cope if NSW follows Victoria in banning 'e-waste' from landfill, according to the groups involved.
From July 1, e-waste disposal in Victoria will face much more stringent rules, creating concerns by councils and recycling organisations.
Wagga City Council provides a free drop-off service at the Gregadoo Waste Management Centre for all computers, televisions and the like.
Kurrajong Recycling, the processing contractor for e-waste dropped off via Wagga City Council, said their procedures already prevent old complex electronics from reaching landfill.
Kurrajong senior supervisor Doug Brambley said a team of 12 to 14 workers with a disability took apart the electronics and separated out recyclable plastics, aluminium panels, copper wiring and gold-plated processing and memory chips.
"There's not a great deal that goes to landfill, it would be 2 or 3 per cent," he said.
"A landfill ban wouldn't be a big deal for us."
The Kurrajong operation at Wagga also takes in e-waste from Junee, Coolamon, Tumbarumba, Culcairn and Cootamundra.
Some e-waste contains toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, presenting a risk to soil and water, but can also contain precious metals such as copper, gold and platinum.
Gregadoo Waste Management Centre manager Geoff Pym said all e-waste separated and collected by the council was returned for recycling and was not sent to landfill.
"There will be no foreseeable change to the service provided for e-waste by Wagga City Council in the future," he said.
"The implications for the banning of e-waste from landfill will be in increased supervision and compliance inspections for all waste loads delivered to Gregadoo Waste Management Centre.
"The classification of wastes and selection of the appropriately licensed disposal destination is the responsibility of the waste producer."
Wagga is producing almost one tonne of 'e-waste' per month, as constant improvements in technology leave behind unwanted and outdated products.
"A total of 12.96 tonnes of e-waste was returned for recycling in the last 12 months," Mr Pym said.
Wagga produces a bit less e-waste per person than the City of Sydney council area, which generated almost seven times as much weight in waste in 2018 but with just four times the population.
Australians generate more than 140,000 tonnes of e-waste each year.
A complete e-waste landfill ban could create issues for people disposing of simple electronic devices such as kettles and toasters.
Wodonga is spending $100,000 on a new dedicated collection shed and other councils in Victoria are warning residents that household bins containing e-waste will not be collected.