A-Z of Recycling

Here are some suggestions on how you can responsibly recycle or dispose of things around your home. Please note that only household quantities are accepted.

For more information contact the Waste Education Officer on 9777 1000.

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Aerosol Cans

Aerosol cans can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.


Aluminium Cans

These go in the Weekly Recycling Service.


Asbestos

Asbestos must be removed by a registered contractor. Look under 'Asbestos Removal' in the Yellow Pages.

Local Council Fact Sheet on Asbestos


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Batteries (car)

These can be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre at Lanceley Place - the SITA website has more information.

They can also be dropped off at Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


Batteries (dry cell)

Single-use, rechargeable and phone batteries can be recycled for free at all Aldi stores.

Batteries can also be taken to Dick Smith in Westfield or Chatswood Chase for recycling or Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


Batteries (phone)

Phone batteries can be recycled for free at Council's Customer Service Centre and most mobile phone stores.

They can also be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


Bikes

If the bicycle is in working order, consider donating it to charity or selling it. Otherwise, bicycles can be sold to scrap metal merchants or placed out for the general clean-up collection.


Books

Consider donating books to charity, giving them to a local school, trading in at a second hand book shop, or giving them away. Otherwise books can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.


Building Waste

Look under 'building waste' in the Yellow Pages for disposal.

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Cans

Cans can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service


Car

Sell your car through the Internet or the Trading Post, trade it in if buying a new car, or consider donating it. If your car is not in working order, contact a wrecker.

Car Bodies

Accepted at SITA Eastern Creek and Lucas Heights. Check the SITA website for more information.


Cardboard

Cardboard can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.

Large quantities of cardboard can be flattened and taken to a Visy Drop Off Location. Phone 1300 368 479.

Cardboard can also be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre. The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116.


Carpet

Carpet can be disposed of through the General Household Clean Up Service.


Chemicals

Take your waste to one of the Household Chemical CleanOut drop-off events which will be advertised on the Chemical CleanOut page. Further information including event dates is available at www.cleanout.com.au or on 131 555.


Christmas Cards

These can go in the Weekly Recycling Service.


Clothing

Donate used clothing to a charity, give it to family or friends, to reuse as old rags.

Compact Fluorescent Lights

Compact fluorescent lights (CFL’s) contain a small amount of mercury (about 5 milligrams) sealed within the glass tubing. CFL’s should not be discarded into landfill as the mercury can leak into the environment. The correct way to dispose of CFL’s is by recycling them – they can be recycled for free at Council’s Customer Service Centre or through a Chemical Cleanout event (organised by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)).

 

They can also be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.

Broken CFLs should be sealed in a plastic bag and placed into the garbage bin. They will not be accepted at Council.


Computers

Trade in your old computer if you are buying a new one, give it to family or friends, sell it through the newspaper/internet or donate it to a charity. Recycle your old computer by taking it to an E-waste drop-off centre.

 

They can also be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


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Egg Cartons

Egg cartons can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.


Envelopes (with and without plastic windows)

Recycle envelopes through the Weekly Recycling Service.


E-Waste (Electronic Waste)

Recycle your old E-Waste through a drop-off centre or at participating Storage King stores (small items only, no CRT TV's, $3.50/box)


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Food Waste

The best way to dispose of food waste is to put it into a compost bin or worm farm. Otherwise food waste is collected in the Weekly Garbage Collection.

Food Waste Disposers (also known as insinkerators) are available for disposal of food waste but these are not recommended by Sydney Water.


Fridge

They can be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre (fees apply).

 

They can also be sold to scrap metal merchants or disposed of through the General Clean-up service (these are not recycled).


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Garden Waste/Clippings

Garden waste and clippings are collected in the Weekly Vegetation Collection and can also be disposed of through the free on-call clean-up collection (one per financial year per household) or via a pre-paid on-call clean-up.

Vegetation can also be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre (fees apply). The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116.


Gas Bottles/Cylinders

Gas bottles and cylinders can be recycled for free at a Household Chemical CleanOut drop-off event which will be advertised on the Chemical CleanOut page, along with further information.

 

They can also be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre or Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


General Household Waste

General household waste (excluding chemicals, metals, vegetation and hazardous materials) can be disposed of through the General Clean Up Service.


Glass Bottles and Jars

Recycle through the weekly recycling service. Lids (including for beer and wine bottles) can be left on. Ensure containers are empty – liquid or food left inside can spill and ruin other recyclable products. Also, half-full containers are more difficult for automated systems to recognise as recyclable.

Broken drinking glasses, window glass or mirrors are not accepted for recycling. The heat-strengthened material they are made of melts at a higher temperature than regular glass jars and bottles and causes contamination of the recycled product. Dispose of small items by wrapping in newspaper and putting into the general waste bin or, for larger items, putting out in a general household clean-up.


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Household Cleaners

Household cleaners and chemicals can be disposed of at a Household Chemical CleanOut. Contact the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for more information or phone 131 555.


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Juice Cartons

Juice cartons can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.


Junk Mail

‘NO JUNK MAIL’ stickers for your letterbox are available free from Council's Help and Service Centre or from the Distribution Standards Board.

To stop junk mail to a particular household resident, register with the Australian Direct Marketing Association.


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Magazines

Magazines can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.


Mattresses

Mattresses and ensemble bases can be recycled through Mattress Recyclers or Landsavers, who will collect and recycle mattresses (fees apply). Collection can be booked online. Alternatively, mattresses can be dropped off to Mattress Recyclers at their warehouse (Unit 2, 368 Horsley Road, Milperra 2214).

Mattressess and ensemble bases are also accepted at all SITA transfer stations and landfills. These are not recycled. There is a limit of one ensemble or two individual mattresses per visit (fees apply).

Mattresses can also be collected through the General Clean Up Service. These are not recycled.


Milk Containers

Milk cartons and bottles can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.


Mirrors

Mirrors can be placed in the general garbage bin. They should not be placed into the recycling bin. Large mirrors can be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre. The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116. 


Mobile Phones

Mobile phones can be recycled for free at Council's Customer Service Centre or through most mobile phone stores as part of the MobileMuster program.


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Needles

See Sharps/Needles.


Newspapers

Newspapers can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.

Larger quantities of newspaper can also be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre. The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116.


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Office Paper

Waste paper can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.

Large quantities of office paper can also be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre. The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116. 


Oil (Sump)

Sump oil can be disposed of at a Household Chemical CleanOut. Contact the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or phone 131 555.

 

They can also be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


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Paint/Paint Tins (household)

Paint and paint tins can be disposed of at a Household Chemical CleanOut. Contact the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for more information or phone 131 555.

 

They can also be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre or Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


Pallets

Pallets can be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre. Fees apply. The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116.


Palm Trees/Palm Tree Fronds

Palm trees can be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre (fees apply). The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116.


Paper

Waste paper can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.

Large quantities of paper can also be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre. The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116.


Phone Books

Phone books can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service. You can cancel future phone book deliveries at Directory Select.


Pizza Boxes (clean)

Pizza boxes which don't have any food residue can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.

Soiled pizza boxes should be put into the general waste bin.


Plants

Plants can be collected with the Weekly Vegetation Collection.


Plastic Bags

Plastic bags cannot be recycled in the weekly garbage collection. However, most supermarkets will collect plastic bags for recycling.


Plastic Bottles and Containers

Plastic bottles and containers from the kitchen, bathroom or laundry can be recycled through the weekly recycling service. The numbering within the triangle refers to the different types of plastic used to make up the container. Please rinse before recycling. Lids can now be left on.

Even though some plastic bags, polystyrene and styrofoam have the recycling symbol and a number they are not recyclable through the kerbside system so please put them into the general waste bin.


Plastics (Polystyrene and styrofoam)

Polystyrene and styrofoam can't be recycled, so dispose of these in the Weekly Garbage Collection.


Plastics (soft packaging)

All soft plastic packaging (bread bags, frozen food bags, soft plastic wrapping etc) along with plastic bags can now be recycled at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets (in the collection bins at the entrance). This plastic packaging is sent to recycled plastics producer Replas to be made into plastic outdoor furniture. For more information go to Red Group.


Pool Chemicals

Pool chemicals can be disposed of at a Household Chemical CleanOut. Contact the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for more information or phone 131 555.

 


Printer Cartridges

Printer cartridges can be taken to Australia Post outlets to be recycled under the Planet Ark project.

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Scrap Metals

Scrap metals can be recycled at the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre (fees apply). The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116. They can also be sold to scrap metal merchants or placed out for the general clean-up collection (but won’t be recycled).


Sharps/Needles

Free community sharps disposal facilities are available at participating pharmacies within the Willoughby area. These are listed here

 

All sharps must be contained in an approved sharps container (available free of charge from participating pharmacies).

 

Contact the Needle Clean-Up Hotline on 1800 633 353 if you find a needle in a public place.


Smoke detectors

Smoke detectors can be recycled at the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


Solvents

Solvents, household cleaning products and chemicals can be disposed of at a Household Chemical CleanOut. Contact the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for more information or phone 131 555.

 


Spectacles

Personal Eyes collect prescription and non-prescription glasses and sunglasses to donate to some of the poorest people in the South Pacific Region. The collection program is determined on a trip to trip basis.

 

Please post your glasses in a padded bag to:

PersonalEYES Donate Glasses
PO Box 301
Parramatta NSW 2124
Call: 1300 683 937
http://www.personaleyes.com.au/


Steel Food Cans

Steel food cans can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service.


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Televisions

Old televisions can be recycled through a drop-off centre.

 

They can also be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


Timber (treated - painted, varnished, stained or chemically treated for pests)

Treated timber can be put out for collection in the General Clean Up Service (maximum of 0.5m3 cut into 1m lengths).

It can also be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre (fees apply). The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116.


Timber (untreated)

Untreated timber can be recycled through the free on-call clean up collection (one per financial year per household).

It can also be taken to the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre (fees apply). The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116.


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White Goods

White goods can be recycled through the Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre (fees apply). The SITA website has more information, or phone 1300 651 116.

Whitegoods can also be sold to scrap metal merchants or put out in the general clean-up collection but will not be recycled through this service.


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X-rays

X-rays can be posted to Quantum Technical Services for Recycling or dropped off at their offices between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday:
Quantum Technical Services
Unit 2/Level 2 10 Rodborough Road
Frenchs Forest DC NSW 2086
Tel: 02 9453 0811
No fees apply.

 

They can also be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


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Yellow Pages

Yellow Pages and other phone books can be recycled through the Weekly Recycling Service. You can cancel future phone book delivers at Directory Select.