A-Z of Recycling

Don't Trash Your Treasure

Below are some suggestions on how you can responsibly recycle, rehome or dispose of items from your home. Please note that only household quantities can be accepted.

Can’t find a recycle option for your item? Consider if it could be used by someone else. Repair, sell, giveaway or donate your items to give them a new lease on life. Items can be fixed at the Repair Café or sold online on sites such as Gumtree, Ebay or Facebook buy, swap and sell groups. These are third party websites, not affiliated with Council, and should be carefully considered at your own risk.

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

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Aerosol Cans

Aerosol cans can be recycled through the weekly recycling service.


   

Aluminium Cans

Aluminium cans can be recycled through the weekly recycling serviceMetal lids can be placed in the yellow-lidded recycling bin if they are put in a metal can with the opening squeezed closed.


   

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)

Car batteries can be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre. They can also be dropped off at the Household Chemical Cleanout events.


   

Batteries (dry cell)

Single-use, rechargeable and phone batteries can be recycled for free at all Aldi stores. Batteries can also be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


   

Batteries (phone)

Phone batteries can be recycled for free at Council's Help and 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 in a 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 serviceMetal lids can be placed in the yellow-lidded recycling bin if they are put in a metal can with the opening squeezed closed.


   

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 Clean-up Collections.


   

CDs

CDs can be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.

 

Please noteCD cases are not recyclable, please dispose in the red-lidded garbage bin.


   

Chemicals

Chemicals can be disposed at a Household Chemical CleanOut event.


   

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards can go in the weekly recycling service.


   

Clothing

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


   

Compact Fluorescent Lights

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) contain a small amount of mercury (about 5 milligrams) sealed within the glass tubing. CFLs should not be discarded into landfill as the mercury can leak into the environment. CFLs can be recycled for free at 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 the Recycling Centre.


   

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 the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.


   

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DVDs

DVDs can be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.

 

Please noteDVD cases are not recyclable, please dispose in the red-lidded garbage bin.


   

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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)

Computers and televisions can be recycled free of charge at the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.

Recycle your old E-Waste at participating Storage King stores (small items only, no CRT TV's, $3.50/box).


   

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Foam (Polystyrene and styrofoam)

Polystyrene and styrofoam can't be recycled, so dispose of these in the weekly garbage collection.


   

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.


   

Fridge

Refrigerators 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 clean-up collection service (these are not recycled).


   

Furniture

Consider selling good quality items or donating them to a charity. You can also book a collection through the Bower’s Collection and Rehoming service or find it a new home through their reuse tool.


   

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Garden Waste/Clippings

Most garden waste and clippings are collected in the weekly vegetation collection and can also be disposed of through pre-booked clean-up collections. 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 the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre. They can also be dropped at a Household Chemical CleanOut event. 


   

General Household Waste

General household waste (excluding chemicals, metals, vegetation and hazardous materials) can be disposed of through Clean-up Collections.


   

Glass Bottles and Jars

Empty glass bottles and jars can be recycled through the weekly recycling service. Food jar lids can be left loose in the recycling bin. Bottle lids (including wine and beer bottles) must be placed in the red-lidded garbage bin.

 

Broken drinking glasses, window glass or mirrors are not accepted for recycling. Dispose of small items by wrapping in newspaper and putting into the general waste bin.

 

Glass and mirrors will not be collected through clean-up collections.


   

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Household Cleaners

Household cleaners and chemicals can be disposed of at a Household Chemical CleanOut event.


   

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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. For information on the Code of Practice for the Catalogue Industry visit Australian Catalogue Association Website.

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 Soft Landing (free for Willoughby City residents). Collection can be booked online.

 

Acceptable items include:

  • Mattresses in any size and condition
  • Mattresses of any type such as foam, latex and futon
  • Bed base ensembles (fabric-covered bed bases)

Please note: Bed frames, slats and bed heads will not be accepted (these can be disposed of via the general Clean-up Collection).

 

For more information about the recycling process, visit softlanding.com.au


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


   

Milk Containers

Milk cartons and bottles can be recycled through the weekly recycling service.


   

Mirrors

Mirrors can be placed in the general waste 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

If your mobile is still working consider extending its life by either selling it or passing it on to friends and family. Remember to remove any data on your phone before you sell or give your phone away (Tips for a hassle-free handover). 


Before you recycle, sell or give away your mobile phone, you should remove your personal information (Data management tips).


If your phone doesn’t have any resale value or has stopped working, it can be recycled for free at the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre, Council's Help and 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 be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre. It can also be disposed of at a Household Chemical CleanOut event.


   

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Paint/Paint Tins (household)

Paint and paint tins can be disposed of at the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre or a Household Chemical CleanOut event


   

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. Please rinse before recycling.

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 (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 event.


   

Printer Cartridges

Printer cartridges can be taken to Australia Post outlets to be recycled under the Planet Ark project or can be dropped off at the Community Recycling Centre.


   

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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 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 on the Needles & Sharps page.

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 event.


   

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
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 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 Clean-up Collections (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 Pre-booked Clean-up Collections. 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 Clean-up Collection but will not be recycled through this service.


   

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X-rays

X-rays can be be taken to the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre or 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.


   

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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.