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Electronic Waste Disposal & IT Asset Lifecycle Solutions

what is e-waste


Just as it is a legal requirement to shred documents containing personal information before disposing of them, it’s equally important to ensure all data-holding electronic devices and IT assets requiring disposal cannot compromise you, your business, customers or employees. Compliance is not an option – it’s mandatory, as detailed in the Australian Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) and GDPR laws.
Shred-X is a leading service provider in secure, sustainable e-Waste and IT asset disposal solutions, accredited by ISO and AS/NZS 5377 Global Compliance Certification and the most stringent data destruction certification – NAID AAA. Having national and international coverage, Shred-X is compliant with the Australian Government’s Information Security Manual (ISM) controls and holds Baseline security clearance permitted to access classified resources up to and including that at a ‘Protected’ level.


At Shred-X, we understand the data security risks associated with IT asset and e-Waste disposals. We provide a complete range of certified destruction, recycling and repurposing solutions to ensure that your business protects all sensitive information and meets its environmental sustainability responsibilities. Find a tailored solution to suit your business: 

Data Destruction


e-Waste Recycling

IT Value Recovery



Complete solution saves time, money & ensures chain of custody is maintained


Highest industry certifications including NAID AAA


Compliance to Australian & International Privacy legislation


Fully trained and experienced Federal Police Cleared Personnel


On-site or Facility-Based Certified Destruction providing customised high security options


National infrastructure guarantees direct service provision


Sustainable service: e-Waste components & parts are recycled or repurposed post data destruction


Social Responsibility: Options of donating repurposed e-Waste to nominated charity


Shred-X accepts the following e-Waste items. Where applicable, data will be securely removed, destroyed or sanitised and parts will be recycled or repurposed according to your requirements.


Shred-X provides a safe, segregated battery collection service. It is an important safety requirement that batteries not be placed in e-Waste containers or general waste streams where they can start a fire. Post collection, we partner with certified recyclers who reuse almost all of the material found in batteries, ensuring these hazardous items are kept out of landfill.



Shred-X do not accept small or large household appliances or ‘white goods’ such as fridges, microwaves, washing machines, air conditioners, hardware tools, lighting equipment or cathode-ray tube (CRT) monitors.

Please contact your local Community Waste & Recycling Centre regarding disposal and recycling options for these items.


We Recycle E-Waste Australia-Wide

With resource recovery centres across Australia, Shred-X is one of the best-placed companies to handle your old electronic equipment. Our collection services ensure secure transportation of confidential data, with certified e-waste destruction in every State and Territory.

E-Waste FAQS

What is e-Waste?

e-Waste is classified as anything that:

  • holds digital information / data such as personal computers, mobile phones, hard drives and printers; or
  • is an electronic item and has reached the end of its useful life, has been superseded by a new model or is broken and no longer works.

how do i safely dispose of e-waste?

When disposing of electronic assets such as old phones, personal computers, monitors and IT devices, it may seem a convenient solution to list them for sale in the second hand marketplace, or simply discard them along with your regular waste. However, these disposal methods are not solutions which safeguard the confidential information contained on the device, nor are they environmentally sustainable.

Should these devices be recovered and data restored, your business will be at risk of breaching Australian and international privacy and data security laws (such as the Australian Privacy Act and the GDPR).

Furthermore, the physical disposal of any e-Waste should be done in an environmentally sustainable manner. Electronic items which are discarded in general waste, end up in landfill where they leak harmful toxins and chemicals into the soil and water, with devastating effects on local communities, human health and wildlife.

When you choose to recycle mobile phones, computers and other electronic items in a safe and responsible way, you avoid the negative consequences of data-breach and environmental damage simultaneously. Only secure services such as Shred-X’s e-Waste destruction and recycling solutions will both control and destroy your data, and ensure recyclable components do not end up in landfill. To find out more about our e-waste recycling service, chat to a friendly member of our team.

How does electronic shredding work?

Electronic shredding is like paper shredding – an industrial shredder has the capability to shred computer hard drives, phones, tablets, USB’s and other devices into small pieces. The plastic and glass components are separated and repurposed in other products, and the metals are recovered and placed into a recycling scheme.

Find out more about Shred-X’s e-Waste shredding services.

What happens to e-Waste in Australia?

Unless people and businesses dispose of their e-Waste responsibly via secure, professional organisations with recycling solutions, e-Waste may end up in landfill or shipped to developing countries with detrimental effects on the local environment. Unsecure disposal of e-Waste also risks the exposure of confidential information contained on the asset. General waste centres do not protect your confidential information and common items recovered from these facilities are often electronic goods which can be stripped for valuable materials or repurposed for financial gain. Any data which you or your business have stored on old hard drives, USBs or CDs can be recovered if improperly disposed of, putting you at risk of breaching the Australian Privacy Act. Therefore, the onus is on you to ensure that your information and that of your clients and employees, has been securely destroyed before the asset is ethically disposed of. For the safest e-Waste disposal, where your private data is first destroyed before the asset’s components are recycled, chat to the Shred-X team.

How do I get started with Shred-X?

When you upgrade your technology and are ready to securely and ethically dispose of your e-Waste with an official recycling program, call your local Shred-X facility on 1300 747 339. We can arrange on-site or facility-based destruction, followed by recycling of your assets to meet both legal and environmental sustainability requirements. Get in touch with a friendly member of our team online.