Disposal and re-use guide

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Think before you throw! This directory will provide the information you need to make informed decisions about re-use, recycling and responsible waste management. For even more information, see our Guide to Re-use and Recycling (PDF, 1.6 MB).

Soft Plastics

Coles and Woolworths stores across Australia have a soft plastics recycling bin for you to bring in soft plastics that can’t be recycled in your yellow recycling bin. Soft plastics returned to the stores are recycled by REDcycle. Soft plastic items include bread bags, pasta and confectionary bags, plastic bags, biscuit packets, old green shopping bags, fruit and veggie plastic bags.


Over 300 million household batteries end up in landfill each year. Recycle batteries at:

Bottle/Container Recycling

The NSW Government has introduced a new container deposit scheme (CDS) where you can return eligible containers for a 10 cent refund. Bottles and containers can be returned at various collection points throughout the state. See the Return and Earn website for collection point locations and more information.


Australia Post and Harvey Norman outlets have drop-off bins for your used printer, photocopier & facsimile cartridges. Go to the Recycling Near You website for more information.


Try these links for more information on recycling of computers and other electronic goods (e-waste):

Construction and Demolition Waste

  • See the SUEZ website or phone 1300 651 116 for your nearest Transfer Station/Waste Management Facility that will accept construction and demolition waste.
  • Visit our page on skip bin providers for a list of companies that have licences to place skip bins on roads.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste includes chemicals, cleaning solvents, paints, pesticides, gas cylinders, car batteries, asbestos, pool chemicals, fluorescent tubes, fire extinguishers and motor oil.

  • Chemical Clean Out - provides information on dates and venues for collection of the hazardous waste above. Phone the environment line on 131 555 for more information.
  • Randwick Community Recycling Centre - check the website for acceptable items (chemicals not accepted).
  • SUEZ - provides information on your nearest Transfer Station/Waste Management Facility or phone 1300 651 116.

Household Items in Good and/or Working Condition

The following organizations will pick up white goods, mattresses, wardrobes, books, toys, electrical, clothing and other furniture for FREE if they are in good and/or working condition. Make sure you phone and book first.

Try Freecycle or Ziilch - electronic forums for advertising your unwanted items for free. Your trash may be someone elses treasure!

If items cannot be reused, try the following for correct disposal:

Junk Mail

Stop all those unwanted, unaddressed flyers and catalogues from ending up in your mail by placing a 'No Advertising Material' sticker on your mailbox. Council can provide one for you. Pick one up from the customer service area at Council.


Any pharmacy will take unwanted and out of date medicines for safe disposal free of charge. Visit the Return unwanted medicines web site or phone 1300 650 835 for more information.

Mobile Phones

Go to Mobile muster to find out where your nearest mobile phone drop off location is.

Organic Waste

Organic Waste includes fruit and vegetable scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, tissues, pizza boxes, hair, garden organics, grass clippings, weeds, prunings, leaf litter, small, twigs and branches, etc. Composting is nature's way of recycling organics. You can compost at home using a compost bin or Worm Farm. By recycling organics you will:

  • save money on synthetic and chemical fertilizers and water,
  • have a healthy garden free from drought and disease,
  • benefit from improved soil quality, and
  • save precious landfill space and resources.

Your organics are wasted in landfill and also contribute to creating greenhouse gases and polluting groundwater. Compost bins and Worm Farms can be purchased from hardware and garden stores or from suppliers listed in the yellow pages under Worm Farm. See our section on composting and worm farms for more information.

Needles and Syringes

Please dispose of needles and syringes responsibly. See the Safe Sharps website for your most convenient disposal location. Alternatively, try your nearest hospital or the Diabetes NSW website for more information.