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Recycling service

Most household packaging waste is recyclable and need not end up in your garbage bin. You can reduce the volume of waste created in the home simply by using our service to recycle as much as you can. Recycling will also help to conserve our environment and reclaim valuable resources.

Did you know that every tonne of recycled paper used saves 13 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil, 4,100kWh of electricity, 4 cubic metres of landfill and 31,780 litres of water?

Please keep recycling

Despite news out of China about their importing of recyclable material, Woollahra Council’s kerbside recycling program remains in place. We are committed to maintaining and improving this system and encourage all residents to continue to use the service.

Some of Woollahra Municipality’s recycling is processed in Australia, though a proportion of it is exported. The Chinese government recently tightened its rules for acceptance of recyclables imports, meaning a new national solution for recyclable waste is required.

We support the Save our Recycling campaign run by Local Government NSW to invest in onshore infrastructure for recycling and will be working in consultation with the recycling industry and state and federal governments to develop future recyclables strategies to continue to provide the best outcomes for the community, while helping to conserve our environment and reclaim valuable resources.

If you have any questions about this service, please contact our team on 9391 7000 or email

Thank you for helping us divert waste from landfill.

How does this service work?

All residents have been provided with a 120L or 240L co-mingled yellow-lid recycling bin. This means all recycling can go together into the same bin.

Recycling is collected weekly on the same day as your domestic waste and food and garden organics service.

Council can also provide recycling posters/brochures for unit blocks upon request. Phone Customer Service on 9391 7000 for more information.

What can we recycle?

Most of your household packaging is recyclable. This includes packaging made from:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Steel and aluminium cans, foil (scrunched into a ball) and tins
  • Plastic bottles, tubs and containers
  • Glass bottles and jars

Download our recycling service guide

If you're still unsure, download the free Recycle Mate app which has been designed to help you recycle right or visit Planet Ark's Recycling Near You for more information about recyclable items.

Recycling rules

We need your help to make sure all items in your bin are acceptable for recycling. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Make sure all bottles, jars and tubs are empty of food and liquid before placing them in your bin. You can give them quick rinse, but it is not essential.
  2. Plastic bottle lids can either be removed or screwed back onto empty, crushed plastic bottles.
  3. Crushing plastic bottles and cardboard boxes will allow for more space in your recycling bin, but not essential.
  4. Paper bags - remove the handles if they are not made of paper. For example, handles made from ribbon or twine.
  5. Remove any plastic wrap from newspapers before placing them in your bin.
  6. Place items loosely in your bin.
  7. Do not put recycling into plastic bags.

What can't we recycle?

  • Plastic bags (take these to your local supermarket for recycling in a REDcycle bin)
  • Polystyrene foam/packing foam (even if numbered)
  • Single use plastic plates, cups and cutlery (even if numbered)
  • Plastic Tupperware/storage containers (even if numbered)
  • Coat hangers
  • Syringes
  • Toys
  • Bottle lids (smaller than 50 cent piece)
  • Tissue paper/napkins
  • Meat trays
  • Waxed fruit boxes
  • Plastic plant pots (even if numbered)
  • Plates/crockery
  • Mirror/window glass
  • Batteries
  • Paint tins

These materials cannot be recycled - place them in your rubbish bin

Be careful not to contaminate your recycling bin or crate by including materials which cannot be recycled. Contamination may result in your bin being rejected from collection, increased collection costs and material intended for recycling will have to be sent to landfill.