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Drop off problem household items for recycling

Items that can’t be recycled or disposed in your bin at home can be a problem. But, we have the solution! We have joined with City of Sydney and Waverley Councils to host "Recycle it Saturday" - a drop off event where you can bring your problem items for recycling.

The next Recycle It Saturday will be on Saturday, 26 November 2022, 9am - 3pm, at the City of Sydney depot, 67C Bourke Rd, Alexandria.

Items we accept include:

  • Batteries (including car batteries - battery terminals must be taped with duct tape)
  • Light bulbs and fluro tubes
  • X-ray films
  • Mobile phones
  • Polystyrene
  • Soft plastics (plastic bags and wraps)
  • Bulky cardboard
  • Clothing/Textiles/toys working/clean, good condition that can be re-sold
  • Used printer cartridges
  • E-waste (alternatively book a free e-waste collection from your home)
  • Household gas cylinders  (including nitrogen, soda stream and  LPG bottles)
  • Small metal items (under 10kg) and aluminium coffee pods

Please note: We cannot accept paint this time -  for paint drop off, go to EPA chemical cleanout collection)

By recycling your unwanted items, you’re helping to create a circular economy. Every item you drop off is a valuable resource diverted from landfill that can be given a second life.

Important things to know

  • Please do not bring any items that are not listed above: We cannot take anything other than what is specified. No paint, chemicals, pesticides, smoke alarms and fire extinguishers can be accepted at this event. You will be asked to take these items back home.  Please take these items to an EPA hazardous waste collection.
  • This event will be contactless: To ensure the health and safety of our employees and communities, physical distancing measures will be in place and our team will be wearing masks and gloves. If you’re unwell, please stay home.
  • Separate your items: Before you arrive, group items into different bags or boxes. Pack these in your boot, backseat or trailer so that we can quickly and safely remove and sort them.
  • Stay in your vehicle: Our team will show you where to drive and we will unpack your vehicle for you to ensure everyone is staying safe.

What to bring and how

Please see below for a list of acceptable items you can bring to the drop-off day.

Batteries

We will accept household batteries and car batteries.

Car batteries only - To reduce fire hazards, tape the battery terminals on both ends with regular, non-conductive tape, like duct tape, clear sticky tape or electrical tape. We can accept up to 3 car batteries per vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist.

Clothing/Textiles/Toys

The Salvation Army will be receiving these items for resale. Please make sure Items are clean and in good condition.

We will accept:

  • Blankets (no doonas), sheets, towels, handbags, shoes, hats and working, good quality toys.
  • All items must be clean and in great condition for second-hand sale.
  • Towels will be sent to animal shelters.
  • Only drop off items you would give to a friend.

We will not accept these items and you will be asked to take them back home:

  • Carpets, rugs, curtains, doonas, pillows, underwear, socks, jewellery, accessories, board games, broken or unclean toys

Packing tip: Bring textiles in plastic bags or boxes

Light bulbs/Fluro tubes

We are accepting all types of household light globes (halogen, LED, incandescent) and fluorescent tubes. Please take care in handling the bulbs as we can’t accept broken bulbs or tubes.

Packing tip: Carefully pack your light bulbs, separating them from heavier items to minimise any breaks

X-ray, CT and MRI scans/films

Before disposing of your scans, it’s always good to check if your doctor has copies saved electronically beforehand.

Packing tip: Bring them loose or in a bag or envelope.

Polystyrene

Polystyrene can’t be recycled in our recycling bins at home and is often lost to landfill, but if separated and collected in bulk can be recycled.

We will accept polystyrene used to pack furniture/household items etc. However, we will not accept packing peanuts/beanbag balls/filling or polystyrene wrap.

Packing tip: Big pieces are fine on their own, but smaller pieces get flighty and should be kept together in a bag.

Soft plastics

Soft plastics include things like plastic bags and plastic wrap, bread bags, chocolate and chips wrappers, bubble wrap, frozen food bags, and green supermarket bags.

Packing tip: Scrunch your soft plastic and tie them up in a plastic bag so they don’t fly away on the day

Bulky cardboard

Bring large bulky, flattened boxes that won’t fit into your recycling bin at home.

Packing tip: Bring cardboard flattened, unless you’re using it to pack other items

Mobile phones

Before recycling your phone, please remember to delete your data. It’s your responsibility to wipe the data from your devices.

Packing tip: Bring them loose or in a bag or box

E-waste

If your item has a plug, a power cord or a battery we can recycle it. Do not forget to delete your data. It’s your responsibility to wipe the data from your devices.

E-waste includes the following list of items:

  • Computers and related products including hard drives, monitors, mice and keyboards
  • Cables, networking equipment
  • DVD players, VCR players, video cameras, cameras
  • Notebooks/laptops/tablets
  • Printers, projectors, scanners
  • Televisions
  • Mobile phones and landlines
  • Gaming consoles and headphones
  • Household appliances  like toasters, kettles, vacuums,  irons, blenders, pedestal fans, mixers, microwaves
  • Power tools, leaf blowers and lawn mowers - NO gas or petrol powered items

Packing tip: Bring old electronics in a box where possible

Gas Bottles

Gas bottles - includes nitrogen, soda stream and LPG

Small Metal Items

Individual items must weigh under 10kg and must be made mostly of metal. No whitegoods.

  • Aluminium coffee pods  (place in a plastic bag)
  • Metal kitchen items: cutlery, pots, pans, colanders, steel bowls, baking trays, sieves, graters
  • Wire coat hangers (no plastic coated hangers)
  • Keys, locks and jewellery including gold and silver made from metal only - no beads, gems or non-metal items
  • Metal drinking bottles and bottle caps
  • Tins/cans
  • Metal dust bins
  • Metal handheld tools: hammers, screw drivers, wrenches, nails, nuts, bolts, nail clippers.