Waste Recycling Guide for Houses

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“Together
 we can
   reduce
 landfill.”
     Eddy
     The Waste Team
Collection days
If you live in a house, the City of Sydney collects
your waste and recycling on the same day
(unless advised otherwise).
On the night before your collection day, put out your
red-lid and yellow-lid wheelie bins and remember to
retrieve them as soon as possible after collection.
If you are unsure about your collection day,
please contact us.


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Call 9265 9333
Visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/waste
Recycling

Don’t put your
recycling in
plastic bags,
they jam the
machinery.
Although we can’t recycle them, many supermarkets can.
Find one near you at: www.recyclingnearyou.com.au


All recyclable paper, cardboard and mixed containers
go into one bin, your yellow-lid recycling bin.


What happens to it?
Mixed containers are separated and sorted at the materials recovery facility.
Plastics can be used to make clothing like winter fleeces and paper is taken to a paper mill and
made into new cardboard boxes. Aluminium cans are most frequently made into new cans.




YES                                                                      NO
Steel and aluminium cans                                                 Plastic bags
Aerosols                                                                 Light globes, mirrors
Glass bottles and jars                                                   and window glass
Plastic bottles, containers, tubs and trays                              Disposable nappies
(No polystyrene, bags or wraps.)                                         Polystyrene
Juice, milk                                                              Crockery
and egg cartons                                                          and Pyrex
Newspapers,
magazines
and junk mail




                                                                         NO
                                                                         Sharps (syringes, needles and lancets)
                                                                         (For more information about
                                                                         disposing of sharps safely,
                                                                         call 9265 9333.)
Garden organics
Order a lime green-lid wheelie bin and book a
FREE garden organics (green waste)                                              Composting or
recycling collection each fortnight.
                                                                              worm farming is
Bookings are essential and must be made
before 2pm on the Tuesday before.                                                another great
Call 9265 9333 to book.                                                         way to recycle
Go to www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/waste
for a garden organics calendar.
                                                                              garden organics.
                                                                                                 We run workshops every month.
Keep it to a small box trailer load per booking                                      Go to What else can I do? to find out more.
(approximately 2 cubic metres).




What happens to it?
Garden organics are reprocessed into mulch (wood chip) and soil conditioner (compost) for reuse.




YES                                                                   NO
Branches (under 10cm thick)                                           Food scraps
Cut large branches into 1m lengths,                                   Soil or rock
bundle them so they’re not too heavy to lift,
tie with a natural fibre string and put them                          Timber or building materials
neatly next to your lime green-lid wheelie bin.
                                                                      Plant pots or garden equipment
Leaves
                                                                      Plastic bags or boxes
Grass clippings
Flowers and weeds
White goods and large household items
You can book a FREE white goods
recycling collection or large
household items collection to be
picked up every Wednesday.
Bookings are essential and must be made
before 2pm on the Tuesday before.
Call 9265 9333 to book.




What happens to it?
                                                                                   Recycle
                                                                                   e-waste
Metal items like white goods are recycled from this collection
service. But everything else isn’t.
Instead you can recycle items like TVs, computers and
mobile phones by using our drop-off service.                                       instead.
Go to E-waste and hazardous waste to find out more.




YES                                                              NO
White goods                                                      Motor or cooking oil
Fridges, washing machines, ovens, BBQs
                                                                 Vehicle batteries
Furniture
Lounges, rugs, mattresses                                        Tyres and car parts
Electrical goods                                                 Carpet
Radios, toasters, heaters, TVs                                   Refer to the A-Z directory at the back of this guide
Metal items like white goods are recycled.                       to find out how to dispose of these items responsibly.
Everything else isn’t.
Please use our drop-off service to recycle
electronic items (see above).
E-waste and hazardous waste

E-waste                                                        YES
The City holds FREE e-waste (electronic                        Recycle computers, TVs, printers,
waste) recycling drop-off collections                          mobile phones, fax machines, scanners,
for residents.                                                 video recorders, photocopiers, floppy discs,
                                                               CD and DVD players and more.
For details on collection dates, the location
and a full list of what can be accepted visit:
www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/waste
or call 9265 9333.




For items which are still in working condition, why not post
them for reuse online: www.freecycle.org
You can also donate unwanted items to charity shops.
Find out what else you can recycle:
www.recyclingnearyou.com.au




Hazardous waste                                                YES
The City participates in FREE Household                        Safely dispose of paints, thinners,
Chemical CleanOut drop-off collections.                        cleaning products, solvents, motor oils,
Collections occur in various locations Sydney-wide.            fluorescent lamps and energy-saving
                                                               light bulbs, poisons, batteries,
For details on collection dates, locations                     gas bottles and more.
and a full list of what can be accepted:
Visit www.cleanout.com.au or
call the Environment Line on 131 555.




Dispose of your out-of-date medicines safely:
www.returnmed.com.au or go to any pharmacy.
Report syringes by calling the:
Needle Cleanup Hotline on 1800 633 353.
What else can I do?
Worm farming                                       Sustainable Living
and composting                                     Seminars
workshops                                          Our free seminars help you take the next
                                                   step in sustainable home improvement.
Our free composting and worm farming

                                                                                                 Looking to do
workshops show you how to recycle                  Seminars cover solar power, solar
food and garden waste.                             hot water and rainwater tank installation,
                                                   Green Roofs, insulation and more.
City of Sydney residents get a FREE
worm farm or compost bin to take home.             For more information visit:                   more for your
For workshop dates and to book online
visit: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/
                                                   www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/
                                                   environment                                   environment?
wasteworkshops
or call 9265 9333.                                 Urban Sustainability                             It’s easy to
Visit your local
                                                   Workshop Series                                       join in!
                                                   Book in for one of The Watershed’s FREE
community garden                                   sustainability workshops to learn practical
                                                   tips for sustainable living and meet
For a list of community gardens and
                                                   like-minded members of your community.
Landcare groups in the City of Sydney
visit: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/                For more information drop into
communitygardens                                   The Watershed’s shop front at
or call 9265 9786.                                 218 King Street Newtown, or visit:
                                                   www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/
                                                   thewatershed




Sign up to Live Green                                                      Handy contacts
Keep in touch with our monthly electronic                                     Find pre-loved items or offer things you no longer
newsletter that’s full of advice, top tips and                                need at Freecycle: www.freecycle.org
information about green initiatives in the City.
                                                                              Find reused treasures at Reverse Garbage:
To sign up for your own edition visit:                                        www.reversegarbage.org.au
www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/
subscribe                                                                     Consider reusable nappies: www.nappynetwork.org.au

                                                                              Find out what else you can recycle:
                                                                              www.recyclingnearyou.com.au

                                                                              Order a free “No Advertising Material” sticker for
                                                                              your letterbox and help prevent junk mail: Call the
                                                                              Distributions Standards Board on 1800 676 136

                                                                              Register to stop receiving White or Yellow Pages
                                                                              by calling Sensis on 1800 810 211

                                                                              Dispose of your out-of-date medicines safely:
                                                                              www.returnmed.com.au or go to any pharmacy

                                                                              Report illegal dumps, graffiti and bill posters
                                                                              by calling 9265 9333

                                                                              Report abandoned shopping trolleys
                                                                              by calling Trolley Trackers on 1800 641 497

                                                                              Report syringes by calling the Needle Cleanup Hotline
                                                                              on 1800 633 353
A to Z directory
A                                              G                                                    P
Aerosol cans (empty): Recycling bin            Gas bottles/Cylinders:                               Paint/Paint tins (household):
Aluminium cans: Recycling bin                  Household Chemical CleanOut                          Household Chemical CleanOut
Aluminium foil & foil trays: Recycling bin     Garden tools & equipment:                            Paper towel: Garbage bin
                                               Clean Up or Recycling Near You                       Plastic shopping bags: Garbage bin
Asbestos: Waste Management Centre
(Lucas Heights only – booking essential)       Glass (window or drinking – wrapped):                or Recycling Near You
                                               Garbage bin                                          Plastic toys: Donate to charity
B                                              H                                                    Plastic wraps & films: Garbage bin
Barbeques: White Goods                                                                              Polystyrene: Garbage bin
                                               Household appliances (metal):                        Pottery & porcelain: Donate to charity
Batteries (car): Household Chemical CleanOut   E-waste or White Goods                               or Garbage bin
Batteries (single use and rechargeable):       Household cleaners & solvents:
E-waste or Household Chemical CleanOut                                                              Pots & pans: White Goods or donate to charity
                                               Household Chemical CleanOut
Batteries (mobile phone):                                                                           Poisons, pesticides & herbicides:
                                               Heaters: E-waste or White Goods                      Household Chemical CleanOut
E-waste or Recycling Near You
Bicycles: Cycle Recycle or donate to charity   J                                                    R
Branches & prunings: Garden organics
or Waste Management Centre                     Junk mail: Recycling bin                             Radio: E-waste
Building waste: Waste Management Centre
                                               K                                                    Refrigerator: White Goods or
                                                                                                    fridge buyback scheme
C                                              Kitty litter (animal waste): Garbage bin
                                                                                                    S
Car parts: Waste Management Centre
Carpet: Waste Management Centre
                                               L                                                    Scrap metals: Recycling Near You
                                               Light globes (incandescent-wrapped):                 or Waste Management Centre
Cartridges (printer): Recycling Near You
                                               Garbage bin                                          Smoke alarms: Household Chemical CleanOut
CDs & DVDs: E-waste
                                               Light globes (compact fluorescent                    Soil & rock: Waste Management Centre
Chemicals (pool, garden & household):          & fluorescent tubes):
Household Chemical CleanOut                                                                         Steel cans: Recycling bin
                                               Household Chemical CleanOut
Christmas trees: Garden Organics                                                                    Styrofoam: Garbage bin
                                               Lawn mowers: White Goods
Clothing & textiles: Donate to charity                                                              Syringes/Sharps: Contact Council
or Recycling Near You
                                               M                                                    T
Computers & computer parts: E-waste
                                               Manure & animal droppings (bagged):
Corks: Recycling near you                                                                           Telephone books: Recycling bin
                                               Garbage bin
                                                                                                    or Recycling Near You
D                                              Medicines: Take to any pharmacy
                                               (Return Unwanted Medicines) or Garbage bin           Televisions: E-waste
Detergents: Household Chemical CleanOut        Mattresses: Clean up, Dreamsafe                      Timber: Waste Management Centre
                                               or Recycling Near You                                Tissues & napkins: Garbage bin
E                                              Meat trays (styrofoam and plastic):                  Tyres: Waste Management Centre
                                               Garbage bin                                          or Recycling Near You
Egg cartons: Recycling bin
                                               Microwaves: White Goods or E-waste
Electronic waste: E-waste
                                               Mirrors: Clean Up or donate to charity               W
Eyewear (glasses): Donate to charity
or Recycling near you                          Mobile phones: E-waste or Recycling Near You         Washing machines: White Goods
                                                                                                    Waxed cardboard: Garbage bin
F                                              N                                                    Window envelopes: Recycling bin
Fire extinguishers:                            Nappies (disposable): Garbage bin                    Wrapping paper (excluding cellophane):
Household Chemical CleanOut                    Needles: Call Council                                Recycling bin
Food & vegetable scraps:
Garbage bin or Compost/Worm farm               O                                                    X
Fuels: Household Chemical CleanOut             Oil (engine): Household Chemical CleanOut            X-Ray films: Recycling Near You
Furniture: Clean up, donate to charity         Oil (cooking): Recycling Near You or
or Recycle Near You                            Waste Management Centre




Council Services:                              Other services:
Garden organics collection                     Donate to charity or Freecycle (contact: www.freecycle.org)
White goods collection                         Fridge buyback scheme (contact: 1800 708 401 or www.fridgebuyback.com.au)
Large household items collection               Recycling Near You (contact: 1300 733 712 or www.recyclingnearyou.org.au)
E-waste drop-off                               Waste Management Centre (contact WSN: 1300 063 116 or www.wsn.com.au)
Hazardous waste drop-off                       Dreamsafe (contact: 1300 551 245 or www.dreamsafe.com.au)
For more information                           Cycle Recycle (contact: www.bikeclub.wordpress.com)
call the council on 9265 9333.                 Return Unwanted Medicines (contact: 1300 650 835 or www.returnmed.com.au)
For enquiries about your waste and recycling service
call the City of Sydney on 9265 9333.
Monday to Friday from 8am – 6pm.


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