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, visit Get Rid of it Right or Recycling Near You.

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.

Batteries

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.

Cartridges

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.

Computers

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

Council has partnered with the Bower Re-use and Repair centre as part of our commitment to reducing waste. Residents can donate unwanted household items and building renovation materials in good condition by:

  • Booking a free collection - The Bower runs a free collection truck that will come to your home and collect your items.
  • Searching the Re-use database - In the event the Bower cannot accept your items, take a look at who else might be able to re-home or repair household items.

The following organisations may also pick up household items for free if they are in good and/or working condition. Make sure you phone and book first.

Perhaps you could make a little money by selling your second hand goods. Visit Gumtree, Ebay, Trading Post and Facebook Marketplace.

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

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

  • Woollahra Municipal Council: Council offers various disposal options including paid pick-ups and for parties and functions.
  • Visit Suez or phone 1300 651 116 for your nearest Transfer Station/Waste Management Facility.

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.

Medicines

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.

Miscellaneous

Reverse Garbage is a creative re-use centre that can accept items you never thought could be of any use. They accept a diverse range of items including things like bottle lids, mannequins, commercial offcuts of fabrics, foam, corflute, cardboard and many more unique and miscellaneous items. Visit the reverse garbage website for more information about what they can and can't accept.

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.