A-Z Recycling Guide

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Acids and alkalis

  • For household quantities, drop them off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.
  • Organise a collection (household and commercial quantities) with a business that specialises in chemical collection and/or recycling (refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal).
  • Give the chemicals to someone who can use them.

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Advertising Material sticker

Reducing 1 tonne of junk mail saves 

  • 17 trees
  • 31,400 litres of water
  • 4,200 kilowatt hours of energy
  • 1,600 litres of oil
  • 26 kilograms of air pollutants.

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No Advertising stickers are available from the Distribution Standards Board (DBS) – They can be contacted on their Consumer Hotline Phone 1800 676 136 or email. The DSB maintains a database of all known addresses that carry a restrictive sign on the letterbox, and provides free of charge reflective No Advertising Material sticker, on receipt of a stamped addressed envelope to DSB Sticker PO Box 6252 Karingal Vic 3199. The DSB also provides a hotline for consumers to report illegal or irresponsible distribution practices.

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Aerosol cans (empty) 

Recycle in the yellow-lidded commingled recycling bin.

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Aerosol cans (full)

Drop them off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.

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Aluminium cans and foils

Recycle in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin (aluminium foil can also be recycled if rolled into a ball).  

Dirty aluminium foil should be placed in your red lidded garbage bin. 

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Antibiotics – Return Unwanted Medicines 

Return unwanted medicines (including antibiotics) to your local pharmacy under the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) project.  

Phone: 1300 650 835 for details.

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Asbestos

Asbestos fibres are hazardous when inhaled. They can be released into the air when asbestos products are incorrectly handled, stored or transported for disposal.

It is important to ensure that asbestos waste has been wetted and sealed in heavy-duty plastic prior to transportation to a lawful waste facility such as a licensed waste management centre or landfill. 

Always contact the landfill beforehand to find out whether asbestos is accepted and any requirements for delivering asbestos to the landfill. For more information and a full list of landfills accepting asbestos visit the NSW Environment Protection Authority.  

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Ant Bait

  • For household quantities, drop it off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.
  • Refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal.

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Air conditioners

  • For working machines, sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar.
  • If broken, take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events (link to internal e-waste page) or to the e-waste skip bin at Reverse Garbage or Bower.
  • Contact Reverse E-waste or a ‘Metal Merchant’ in the Yellow Pages to arrange collection for recycling.
  • If you are getting a replacement air conditioner, get the installers to remove and dispose of your old machine.

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Appliances

  • For working machines, sell or give away online on Gumtree.
  • If broken take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events.
  • Contact a ‘Metal Merchant’ in the Yellow Pages to arrange collection for recycling.
  • If you are getting a replacement appliance, get the installers to remove and dispose of your old machine.

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    Ash

    • Feed it to your compost bin or worm farm.
    • Place in garbage bin (bagged)

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    Audio tapes and reels

    • If reusable, take to The Bower, St Vincent De Paul or similar re-use centre.
    • If broken, unwanted tapes and reels can be taken apart. The tape can be placed in the rubbish bin and the rigid plastic casing can be placed in the recycling bin.

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    Auto transmission fluid

    • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.
    • Organise a collection (household and commercial quantities) with a business that specialises in chemical collection and/or recycling (refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal)

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    Baby items

    • For items in reusable condition, sell or give away online on Gumtree.
    • Donate to a friend or charity. (In general charities will only take clothes and toys).
    • If non reusable, put out in the Council Kerbside Clean-up collection. 
    • Plastic baby bottles can be placed in the recycling bin.

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    Baits

    • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program. 
    • Refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal.

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    Baskets (cane or plastic)

    • For items in reusable condition, sell or give away online on Gumtree.
    • Donate to a friend or charity.
    • If broken and made of cane, shred, compost or use as mulch.
    • If broken and made of plastic, cut into several pieces and place in the recycling bin

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    Batteries - (household & car)

    • Recycle through one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events.
    • Aldi supermarkets offer a free battery recycling service at all their Australian stores. 
    • IKEA stores also provide a drop off for batteries. 
    • Car batteries can be returned to their place of purchase. 
    • Mobile phone batteries can be recycled through Mobile Muster or the Perry Street Recycling Centre at Randwick. 
    • The free Chemical CleanOut program also accepts batteries. 

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    Battery acid

    • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program. 
    • Refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal.

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    Bicycles (push bike)

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    Bleach

    • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program. 
    • Refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal.

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    Biscuit packets

    • Outside soft plastic layer can go to Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in the “RedCycle” bin at the front of the store or alternatively in the red general waste bin.
    • Inside rigid plastic tray goes in your recycling bin.

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    Books

    • Books can be taken to second-hand outlets such as Reverse Garbage, Marrickville 
    • Donate to a friend, charity, school library or hospital. 
    • Consider giving to such organisation as "Lifeline".
    • If in poor condition, recycled in your yellow lidded recycling bin (there is no need to separate pages from book cover).

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    Bottles (glass or plastic)

    • Recycling bin. 
    • Refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal.
    • Take them to a waste and recycling centre, where they can be dropped off for free.

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    Bottle tops (includes lids to any container)

    • Where possible, return lid (loosely screwed) to container and then place in the recycling bin.
    • If lids cannot be returned to the bottle (as per a beer bottle) place lids in a 'like material' sealed container which you would then place in the recycling bin. (In the case of a beer top you would place in a metal sealed container.)
    • Bottle tops (on their own) are to go in the rubbish bin as they are too small for the recycling plant to sort.
    • Donate bottle tops to local preschools/childcare facilities for craft activities.

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    Brake fluid

    • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program. 
    • Refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal.

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    Branches

    • If less than 15cm in diameter, cut into 1m sections and place at the kerbside on bin night for collection.
    • Large branches can be taken to a landfill for recycling (charges may apply).
    • Mulch and use in a home compost or worm farm.
    • Use or giveaway as fire wood.

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    Bricks and pavers

    • If reusable, consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree. Drop off for FREE at Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar re-use facility.
    • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
    • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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    Bras

    • If reusable, donate or giveaway.
    • Rubbish bin.
    • See if your local lingerie retailer takes unwanted bras to supply women in Third World Countries.

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    Broken glass (window, drinking glasses, Pyrex)

    • Rubbish bin.
    • Even if this sort of glass is not broken it is still NOT permitted in the recycling bin. As only glass jars and bottles can go in the recycling bin.

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    Broken glass (jar and bottles)

    • Recycling bin.
    • It does not matter if the glass jars and bottle are broken. But please do not deliberately break them as sorting becomes difficult.

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    Bubble wrap

    • Reuse where possible
    • When no longer reusable it can go to Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in the “RedCycle” bin at the front of the store or alternatively in the red general waste bin.
    • For large amounts or commercial quantities contact a waste contractor to arrange soft plastic recycling options. Fees may apply.

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    Building materials

    • If reusable, consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree. Drop off for FREE at Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar re-use facility.
    • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
    • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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    Bullets, firearms and other ammunition

    • Contact the Australian Federal Police on 131 444 for advice on disposal.

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    Cameras

    • If still in working order consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree
    • If broken take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events.

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    Carcasses - dead pets and animals

    • Contact your local vet for burial and disposal options.
    • Take to landfill. Costs involved. 
    • Small pets (mice, goldfish, and guinea pigs) wrap in paper and place in the rubbish bin or bury in the garden.

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    Cardboard boxes

    • Recycling bin. Please flatten boxes so that they take up less room in the bin.
    • If in good condition, consider giving away online on Gumtree.  
    • For commercial or large quantities contact a ‘Waste Collector’ from your Yellow Pages for collection and recycling.
    • For one off large boxes see if the local preschool or school would like it for craft activities.

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    Car parts & car bodies

    • Consider selling or giving away on Gumtree.
    • Contact a ‘Metal Merchant’ in the Yellow Pages to arrange collection for recycling.

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    Cartons (Liquid paper board variety such as milk cartons & juice poppers)

    • Recycling bin.
    • No need to remove plastic spouts from cartons or straws from poppers.

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    Carpet and underlay

    • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage or similar re-use facility.
    • Sell or giveaway online on Gumtree.
    • Take to landfill. Fees apply.

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    Cassette tapes

    • If reusable sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar charity.
    • If broken, unwanted tapes and reels can be taken apart. The tape can be placed in the rubbish bin and the rigid plastic casing can be place in the recycling bin.

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    Cat Food tins

    • Pet food cans are made from steel and should be recycled in your yellow lid recycling bin. Steel is one of the world's most recycled products. In fact, steel is 100% recyclable, which means its lifecycle is potentially continuous. Make sure you empty the food into the bin. For more information visit Cansmart

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    Caustic soda

    For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program. 

    Refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal.

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    Cement additives

    • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program. 
    • Refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal.

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    CDs / Floppy disks / DVDs

    • CDs / Floppy disks / DVDs should be reused if possible by sharing with friends, giving to charities or reuse centres where if nothing else, they can sometimes be used for art works. Visit BusinessRecycling for further information. 
    • Video tapes can be taken apart. The tape can be placed in the rubbish bin and the rigid plastic casing can be place in the recycling bin.
    • Rigid plastic CD covers can be recycled in the recycling bin.

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    Cellophane paper

    • Reuse if possible.
    • Donate to a Childcare or Preschool for craft activities.
    • Rubbish bin.

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    Ceramics

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    Cereal boxes (soft plastic insert)

    • Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in the “RedCycle” bin at the front of the store or alternatively in the red general waste bin.

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    Chairs

    • Sell or giveaway online on Gumtree
    • If reusable, drop off for FREE at a Reuse Facility such as The Bower or St Vincent De Paul.
    • If the chairs are predominately metal, take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events or call a ‘Metal Merchant’ from the Yellow Pages to come and collect for free recycling.
    • If the chairs are made from hard plastic call a waste management centre nearby for possible recycling options. 
    • Take to landfill. Fees apply.

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      Chemicals 

      • Try non-toxic alternatives - visit the Total Environment Centre's Safer Solutions - keeping your home safer and green website.
      • The safest way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is the Household Chemical CleanOut. CleanOut is a FREE service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals, many of which could cause harm if not disposed of correctly. In addition, many of these materials can be recycled or reused, so not only are you helping to reduce waste and pollution; you are also helping in resource recovery efforts.

      Drop-off centres will accept household quantities, up to a maximum 20 litres or 20 kilograms. For CleanOut drop off dates and locations phone 131 555 or visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au.

      From your home

      • Fluorescent globes and tubes; Solvents and household cleaners; Floor care products; Ammonia based cleaners;

      From your garage

      • Paint and paint related products; Pesticides and herbicides; Poisons; Gas bottles; Fire extinguishers; Pool chemicals; Hobby chemicals;  Acids and alkalis

      From your car

      • Car batteries, Motor oils, fuels and fluids

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      Chlorine

      See Chemicals.

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      Christmas Trees

        Christmas trees can be placed out as part of the garden organics collection. Ensure the tree is cut to 1m lengths, tied and bundled with a natural fibre.

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        Christmas Lights

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        Christmas cards and wrapping paper

        • Reuse wrapping paper where possible.
        • Place cards and paper in the recycling bin (no need to remove sticky tape, gift cards or ribbons from items).

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        Cigarette butts

        • Rubbish bin.

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        Clothing, Blankets, Fabrics

        Rather than putting old clothing in the garbage or the clean-up service where it will end up in landfill, why not give it a new life? 

        Donate to charity. Most charities such as the Salvation Army, The Smith Family, St Vincent de Paul, Lifeline, The Red Cross and Anglicare, accept unwanted household items and clothing in good condition. Before donating, please contact your chosen charity store to: 

        • Ensure they can accept the items you wish to donate
        • Find out the store’s opening hours – please don’t dump items outside the door, as this can be a hazard
        • Before donating your clothes to a charity please consider, 'Would you lend the item to a friend?' If not then chances are the charity doesn't want it either. Only The Smith Family will take older clothing items and turn them into commercial products such as carpet underlay. If you are not sure about an item please ring the charity before dropping the item off.

        Other options:  

        • Sell or giveaway. 
        • Consider businesses and charities that specialise in the acceptance and resale of second hand clothes and/or rags. Look in the Yellow Pages under 'Recycled clothing' and/or 'Charities'. 
        • Donate clothes to preschools as dress-ups or shirts as paint smocks. 
        • Have a clothes swapping party with friends. 
        • Use as rags where possible. 
        • Final option, rubbish bin

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        Coat hangers

        • Give away or donate to charity.
        • Metal hangers can be taken to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events.
        • Commercial loads of plastic coat hangers should contact a ‘Waste Contractor’ in the Yellow Pages for recycling options.

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        Compost

        • Give away or sell.
        • Consider donating to your local preschool/school to use in the educational gardens.
        • Place on your garden.

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        Computers and peripherals

        • For working machines, sell or give away online on Gumtree.
        • If broken take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events, the Perry Street Recycling Centre in Randwick, or to your nearest Office Works store.
        • Contact a ‘Metal Merchant’ in the Yellow Pages to arrange collection for recycling.
        • When purchasing electrical items visit Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics - The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.

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          Concrete

          • Building waste is not accepted in Council’s clean-up service. 
          • If reusable, consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.
          • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
          • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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          Cooking oil

          • Domestic quantities can be composted. Add small portions to the pile each week. Cooking oil soaked into paper is also compostable.
          • Commercial quantities can be recycled by dealing with specific businesses such as: Sydney Recycling Services 5 Clevedon Street, Botany. Ph. 02 9544 4323.
          • For small quantities place cooled oil in a sealable plastic container and place in the rubbish bin.

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          Corrosives (acids, alkalis and flammable substances)

          See “chemicals”

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          Cutlery (plastic)

          • To give plastic cutlery a better chance to be recycled place inside a sealable plastic containers (E.g. Chinese container or ice cream container) and then place in the recycling bin.

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          Cutlery (metal)

            • Donate to Vinnies or similar charity/second hand shop. 
            • If broken take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events.

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            Demolition Materials

            See “building materials”

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            Dentures

            • Rubbish bin

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            Diesel

            See “chemicals”

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            Disposable nappies (includes regular, compostable, degradable and biodegradable)

            • Rubbish bin.
            • If compostable you can use your home compost bin.

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            Doors

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at The Bower, Marrickville or similar re-use facility or consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Drums (empty plastic or metal containers)

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            Egg cartons

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • Donate to a preschool or school for craft activities.
            • Give to someone who has chickens.

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            Electrical cords

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            Electronic Appliances - Small (e.g. toaster, kettle, microwave)

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            Engine Oil 

            • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.
            • Organise a collection (household and commercial quantities) with a businesses that specialises in chemical collection and/or recycling (refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal)

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            Envelopes (plain, window faced &/or padded)

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • No need to remove staples, sticky tape or plastic window faces. 
            • Padded paper envelopes (where the padding is made from shredded paper) can be placed in the recycling bin.
            • Padded envelopes that are lined with bubble wrap are to be placed in the rubbish bin as the bubble wrap is difficult to remove during the recycling process.
            • Post Packs (often sold as ‘Express Post Packs’ from the Post Office) are made of soft plastic and can go to Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in the “RedCycle” bin at the front of the store or alternatively in the red general waste bin.

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            E-Waste

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            Exercise equipment

            • If reusable, sell or giveaway. 
            • If predominately metal, take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events or to the e-waste skip bin at Reverse Garbage or Bower Resource Recovery Facility.
            • Contact Reverse E-waste or a ‘Metal Merchant’ in the Yellow Pages to arrange collection for recycling.

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            Explosives

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            Eye glasses / Spectacles

            • Check with your local optometrist or eye wear retailers to see whether they have a reuse/recycling scheme. If not, check in the Yellow Pages under "Spectacle" as most retailers offer this service. 
            • Check with your local optometrist or eye wear retailers to see whether they have a similar reuse/recycling scheme. 
            • Take lenses out of the frames and donate the frames to your local school for dress ups.

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            Fabric

            See “clothing”

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            Fencing

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at a Reuse Facility such as Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility Resource recovery Facility.
            • Sell or giveaway online.
            • If reusable, contact a business who specialises in purchasing and selling second hand building materials.
            • Drop off at a Resource Management Centre such as SITA Rockdale for disposal/recycling. 
            • If predominately metal, take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events or to the e-waste skip bin at Reverse Garbage or Bower Resource Recovery Facility.

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            Fire Extinguishers

            • Yellow extinguishers are illegal to possess or use on a fire as they contain emissions that affect the ozone layer.
            • Return to local fire stations for accredited disposal.
            • Halon Extinguisher Recycling - For all yellow BCF/halon extinguishers, please return to your local fire station. These will be sent to the National Halon Bank for appropriate recycling and disposal. Do not use these extinguishers or release their contents into the atmosphere.
            • Non-Halon Extinguisher Recycling - You can safely dispose of these through the free Chemical CleanOut program. For more information call 131555 or visit www.cleanout.com.au.

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            Flares

            Flares are a hazardous waste and should be disposed of as part of the Household Chemical CleanOut collections. For CleanOut drop off dates and locations phone 131555 or visit http://www.cleanout.com.au/.

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            Flowers

            • Compost
            • Dry them into a dried flower arrangement (or pay your local florist to do this for you).
            • Make pot pourri or sachets for keeping your draws smelling fresh.

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            Fluorescent Tubes & Globes
            • You can safely dispose of fluorescent tubes through the free Chemical CleanOut program. For more information call 131555 or visit www.cleanout.com.au
            • IKEA stores also provide a drop off for fluorescent tubes (634-726 Princes Highway, Tempe).

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            Foam Meat Trays

            Foam meat trays cannot be recycled and should be disposed of in your red lidded garbage bin.

            Food

            • Place in a worm farm, compost bin or give to family pets. 
            • Learn how to set up your own compost bin or worm-farm. Tips are available HERE.
            • You can purchase bins or tumblers, or create your own holding bay or compost heap.
            • Discounts are available on a new compost bin or worm farm as part of the Compost Revolution.
            • If you are a business with excess or unwanted food (including cooked meals or items) consider donating to OzHarvest, charities or church groups in your local area.

            Fruit and vegetable scraps

            • Compost or worm farm.
            • Consider giving to pets such as rabbits, chickens or guinea pigs.
            • Give to someone who has chickens.
            • As a last resort place in your red bin.

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            Fuels

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Fungicides

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Furniture

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at a Reuse Facility such as Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility. If it is in good condition, call to see if they can collect it from your house.
            • Sell or giveaway online on websites such as Gumtree
            • If no reuse options are available, consider the Bulky Waste Collection Service for the collection of your unwanted goods. Conditions apply, check the webpage for details.

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            Garden or green waste

            • Put it out for collection in your green bin.
            • Use in a home compost or worm farm.
            • Drop large or excess greenwaste off at Council’s scheduled e-waste drop-off days.
            • Mulch and apply to garden beds.
            • Organise a specific waste collection service for the collection and composting of your garden material. Refer to the Yellow Pages for suitable businesses.

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            Garden hose and tools

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            Gas Bottles 

            • Functioning gas bottles can be given away on Gumtree.
            • Use the “Swap and Go” system found at service stations and most hardware stores. (This is where you take your empty gas bottle and for a fee, swap it for a filled gas bottle.)
            • Gas bottles are a hazardous waste and should be disposed of as part of the Household Chemical CleanOut collections. For CleanOut drop off dates and locations phone 131555 or visit http://www.cleanout.com.au/. Alternatively you can take them to your nearest landfill or transfer station.

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            Glass (window pane, drinking, Pyrex)

            • Window panes / glass may contain lead or other hazardous materials and therefore should be disposed of in a responsible manner.
            • In-tact windows can be reused by donating them to a building material reuse company, or use them to construct greenhouses for the garden. You can try posting them for free on Gumtree. You never know what projects people might need them for!
            • If you are unable to reuse your window panes, you can take them to your nearest landfill or transfer station.

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            Glass bottles and jars

            • Reuse or give to someone for when making jams and pickles etc.
            • Drop off for FREE at a Reuse Facility such as Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility.
            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.

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            Green Bags

            • “Green” Bags (the reusable fabric type, typically green in colour and are actually made from woven mixed plastic.) 
            • Reuse for as long as you can and when no longer re-useable take to plastics bin at front of Coles or Woolworths supermarkets. Refer to the website for participating stores. http://redcycle.net.au/redcycle/locator  
            • Never place in the recycling bin as they are not recyclable through this process.

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            Guns and other explosive material

            Contact the Australian Federal Police.

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            Guttering

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at a Reuse Facility at Mugga or Mitchell Resource Management Centre.
            • If broken take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events or to the e-waste skip bin at Reverse Garbage or Bower Resource Recovery Facility or contact a ‘Metal Merchant’ from the Yellow Pages to collect and recycle.
            • Take to landfill. Materials made of metal can be dropped off free of charge.

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            Hair (human or animal)

            • Rubbish bin.
            • Compost bin or worm farm.

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            Hard waste

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage Marrickville or similar re-use operation.
            • Donate to a friend or charity. 
            • If non reusable, put out in the Council Clean-up collection. 
            • Take to landfill. Charges apply. 
            • DO NOT leave outside Charity bins or on your nature strip. This is illegal and fines will result.

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            Hazardous waste

            • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.
            • Organise a collection (household and commercial quantities) with a businesses that specialises in chemical collection and/or recycling (refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal)

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            Heater oil

            • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.
            • Organise a collection (household and commercial quantities) with a businesses that specialises in chemical collection and/or recycling (refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal)

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            Herbicides

            Herbicides can harm our environment and human health. It is important to make sure that herbicides are disposed safely. The safest way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is the Household Chemical CleanOut. For CleanOut drop off dates and locations phone 131555 or visit http://www.cleanout.com.au/.

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            Hobby Chemicals

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Hot water systems

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            Household cleaners

            • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.
            • Organise a collection (household and commercial quantities) with a businesses that specialises in chemical collection and/or recycling (refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal)
            • Give the chemicals to someone who can use them.

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            Household cleaning product containers

            Can be recycled in the yellow-lidded commingled recycling bin.

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            Hydrochloric acid

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Ice cream containers and lids

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • Reuse as storage containers.
            • See if the local preschool or school can use them for craft activities or storage.

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            Ink cartridges

            Drop off your used laser and ink jet printer cartridges at participating Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Tandy, Dick Smith Electronics and Powerhouse stores or at ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ outlets listed at RecyclingNearYou 

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            Insulation batts

            • For new or reusable batts, sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar charity.
            • Take to landfill for disposal. Fees apply.
            • When disposing your insulation batts they must be put in a plastic bag or wrapped in plastic to avoid them flying away and causing littering.

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            iPhones, iPods & iPads

            • For working machines, sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar charity.
            • If broken take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events or to the e-waste/metals skip bin at Reverse Garbage or Bower Resource Recovery Facility.
            • Return to the local “Apple Store” as part of their recycling scheme.
            • Consider businesses who accept working and/or non-working computers and equipment for re-using or recycling. 

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            Juice cartons

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • No need to remove any plastic spouts or lids.

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            Junk mail

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • No need to remove magnets, staples or inserts from material.
            • Where possible, remove plastic covers from material.
            • No Advertising stickers are available from the Distribution Standards Board (DBS) - Consumer Hotline Phone 1800 676 136 or email dsb@catalogue.asn.au. The DSB maintains a database of all known addresses that carry a restrictive sign on the letterbox, and provides free of charge reflective No Advertising Material sticker, on receipt of a stamped addressed envelope to DSB Sticker PO Box 6252 Karingal Vic 3199. The DSB also provides a hotline for consumers to report illegal or irresponsible distribution practices.

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            Kerosene

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Kitchen cupboards and sinks

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage Marrickville or similar re-use operation or sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • Donate to a friend or charity. 
            • Metals can be taken to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events or to the e-waste/metals skip bin at Reverse Garbage or Bower Resource Recovery Facility.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges may apply)

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            Kitty litter

            • Rubbish bin.
            • Compost bin or worm farm. 

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            Laminated paper

            • Rubbish bin (the recycling plant cannot remove the plastic layer from the paper).

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            Lattice

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage Marrickville or similar re-use operation or sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • Donate to a friend or charity. 
            • If non reusable, put out in the Council Clean-up collection. 
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges may apply)

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            Laundry tubs

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage Marrickville or similar re-use operation or sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • Donate to a friend or charity. 
            • Metals can be taken to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events or to the e-waste/metals skip bin at Reverse Garbage or Bower Resource Recovery Facility.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges may apply)

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            Lawn mowers

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            Leather goods/items

            • For reusable items, sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar charity.
            • Consider selling to a business that specialises in second hand leather clothing and accessories. 
            • Non useable leather goods either go in the rubbish bin or to landfill. 

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            Light bulbs, lamps and tubes (expired)

            • Standard light bulbs go in the rubbish bin.
            • You can safely dispose of fluorescent tubes through the free Chemical CleanOut program. For more information call 131555 or visit www.cleanout.com.au. 
            • IKEA stores also provide a drop off for fluorescent tubes (634-726 Princes Highway, Tempe).

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            Lino flooring

            • For reusable lino, sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar charity.
            • Non useable material either go in the rubbish bin or to landfill or small quantities can be disposed of through Council’s kerbside clean up service.

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            Logs (Including decking, timber floor boards, and timber fencing etc - treated or untreated)

            • Sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • If reusable (and if particularly a valuable timber), contact a business who specialises in second hand building materials. 
            • Take to landfill. Fees and charges may apply.
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             Lunch boxes (rigid plastic varieties)
            • For reusable lunch boxes, sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar charity.
            • Give to a preschool/primary school for storage of craft supplies or paint.
            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.

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            Magazines

            • Consider swapping magazines with a friend.
            • Consider donating to a hospital or retirement village for reading material.
            • Donate to a school for craft or an information resource.
            • Place in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin. No need to remove any inserts.

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            Manure/animal droppings

            • Compost bin or worm farm.
            • Rubbish bin in a plastic bag.
            • Give away or sell bags of cow or sheep manure for gardening purposes.

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            Margarine tubs

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • No need to rinse container. Leave lid on container where possible.

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            Masonite

            • If reusable sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar.
            • Contact a business or businesses that pick up and resell building materials. 
            • Contact a commercial ‘Waste Collector’ in the Yellow Pages to come and remove unwanted items.
            • Take to landfill. Fees may apply.

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            Mattresses

            If reusable sell or give away online on Gumtree. Mattresses can be recycled through Council’s SCHEDULED clean-up service only. Place them in a separate pile for recycling.

            Other organisations who can collect your mattress for recycling (fees apply) are:

            Alternatively you can take them to your nearest landfill or transfer station (fees apply).

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            Meat scraps

            • Consider giving meat scraps to pets as food (where applicable.)
            • Place in rubbish bin.

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            Meat trays (rigid plastic)

            • Rigid plastic varieties (regardless of the recycling code or triangle) can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • A rigid plastic tray will not snap like a wafer or ice cream cone, whereas a polystyrene one will.

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            Meat trays (polystyrene)

            • Polystyrene varieties (regardless of the recycling code or recycling triangle) to go in the rubbish bin.
            • A polystyrene foam tray will snap like a wafer or ice cream cone whereas a rigid plastic one won't.

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            Medicines

            Drop off for FREE at your local pharmacy for safe disposal.

            Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) to your local pharmacy under the RUM Project T: 1300 650 835.

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            Metals

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            Methylated spirits

            • See “Chemical Waste”
            • Give away to someone who could use it.

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            Milk bottles (glass or rigid plastic)

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • No need to rinse, and leave lid on where possible.
            • Flatten bottle where possible to fit more in your recycling bin.

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            Milk cartons

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • No need to rinse, and leave lid on where possible.
            • Flatten to fit more in your recycling bin.

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            Mirrors

            • Sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar.
            • If broken, place in a bag and put in the rubbish bin.
            • No mirrors can go in the recycling bin, regardless if it is broken or not.
            • Take to landfill. Fees apply

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            Mobile phones & accessories

            • For working products, sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • Take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste and metals drop off events.
            • Council’s Administration Centre and libraries have Mobile Muster bins.

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            Motor oil

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Nail polish

            • Give unused product to a friend to use.
            • If the bottle is empty place in the recycling bin.
            • If the bottle is not empty place in the rubbish bin.

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            Nappies (including biodegradable and degradable)

            • Rubbish bin.
            • If compostable you can use your home compost bin.

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            Needles or syringes

            See “Sharps”

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            Newspapers

            Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.

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            Office Furniture

            See “Furniture”

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            Oil (motor)

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Oil (cooking)

            See “Cooking Oil”

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            Ovens

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            Paint and Paint Tins

            • Paint can be donated to a charity or given away through Gumtree or www.freecycle.org
            • If you have small amounts that nobody wants, you can combine them together into one can and dry out the empty cans for recycling in your yellow lidded recycling bin. If you have a tin containing a small amount of paint, tip it out onto an adsorbent material such as newspaper or kitty litter then allow it to dry completely. The dry, solid paint can go into the general waste and the dry tin can be recycled in your yellow lidded recycling bin.
            • You can also safely dispose of paint through the free Chemical CleanOut program. Regular weekend drop offs are arranged throughout the year.  For more information call 131555 or visit www.cleanout.com.au
            • Alternatively you can take it to your nearest landfill or transfer station.

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            Pallets (timber)

            • There is a high demand for pallets through websites such as Gumtree
            • Alternatively some businesses will collect them from your house or you may be able to drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar.
            • Landfill disposal (fees apply)

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            Paper

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • For large quantities drop it off for FREE at Regional Recycling Centres i.e. Perry St Recycling Centre, Randwick.

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            Paper - secure files

            • Contact a business who specialises in the secure destruction and recycling of paper. Commercial and domestic quantities. 
            • Shred the documents at home and compost, or place in a sealed cardboard box or paper bag and place in your recycling bin.
            • If shredded paper is placed loosely in the recycling bin will not be recycled as it is too small to be detected in the automated sorting process.

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            Paper towel - cardboard roll

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • Collect and donate to a preschool or childcare facility for craft activities.

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            Paper towel (used)

            • Compost or worm farm.
            • Rubbish bin.

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            Pens and pencils

            • If reusable, give to someone who can use them.
            • Consider donating reusable items to a Sunday school, a children's hospital or Day care facility.
            • Non reusable items go in the rubbish bin.
            • Degradable or biodegradable items CANNOT go in the recycling bin. They may be able to go in the compost bin. Check manufacturer instructions as they may be able to go into the compost bin. Otherwise, place in rubbish bin.
            • Pencil shavings can go into the compost or worm farm.
            • Consider buying pens which have refillable ink cartridges.

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            Perspex

            • If reusable sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar.
            • Consider donating sheets of Perspex to high schools/colleges for education purposes.
            • Contact a commercial 'Waste Collector' in the Yellow Pages to come and remove unwanted product.
            • Take to landfill. Fees apply.

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            Pesticides

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Petrol

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Pets & dead animals

            • Contact your local vet for burial and disposal options.
            • Take to landfill. Costs involved. Small/medium carcasses (dog, cat, sheep) approximately $10 each. Large carcasses (horse, cattle) approximately $135 each.
            • Small pets (mice, goldfish, guinea pigs) wrap in paper and place in the rubbish bin or bury in the garden.

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            Phone books

            Phone books can be recycled in your yellow lidded recycling bin. If you do not wish to receive hard copies please call 1800 008 292, email bookdelivery@sensis.com.au or visit https://www.directoryselect.com.au/ds/action/info/what-is-directory-select

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            Photos

            These tend to be chemical composition as opposed to paper, as such we do not place these in the yellow bin.

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            Piano

            • For working pianos, sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar.
            • Contact a church or music school. They may want it or know of someone who would.
            • If non-reusable, take to a landfill. Fees and charges may apply. 

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            Picture frames

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            Pill packets

            • If the packet is made from all aluminium the packaging can go in the recycling bin.
            • If the packet is half aluminium and half rigid plastic (such as a Panadol packet) it needs to go in the rubbish bin. This is because the machines at the recycling facility struggle sorting this particular mixed material.

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            Pizza boxes

            • Recycling bin. It doesn't matter if the box is greasy or there is a little left over oily or cheesy residue.
            • For commercial quantities contact a 'Waste Collector' from your Yellow Pages for collection, drop off and recycling.

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            Plasterboard

            • Sell or give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar.    
            • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Plastic food containers and plastic plates

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin (Regardless of the recycling triangle or recycling code. As long as it is rigid plastic.)
            • Consider collecting a quantity and donating to a school to use as storage containers or for paint pots.
            • For large quantities drop off for FREE at a recycling centre i.e. Perry St Recycling Centre, Randwick.
            • For commercial quantities contact a 'Waste Collector' from your Yellow Pages for collection, drop off and recycling.

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            Plastic drink containers

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin (Regardless of the recycling triangle or recycling code. As long as it is rigid plastic.)
            • Give away online on Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar.    
            • Consider collecting a quantity and donating to a school to use as storage containers or for paint pots.
            • For large quantities drop off for FREE at a recycling centre i.e. Perry St Recycling Centre, Randwick.
            • For commercial quantities contact a 'Waste Collector' from your Yellow Pages for collection, drop off and recycling.

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            Plastic household cleaning product containers

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin (Regardless of the recycling triangle or recycling code. As long as it is rigid plastic.)

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            Plastic plant pots (including plastic seedling containers)

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin (Regardless of the recycling triangle or recycling code. As long as it is rigid plastic.)
            • Give away to someone to grow plants or seedlings in.
            • See if the nursery or place of purchase wants the pots returned for recycling or reusing.
            • Drop off for FREE at a recycling centre i.e. Perry St Recycling Centre, Randwick.

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            Plastic storage containers

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin (Regardless of the recycling triangle or recycling code. As long as it is rigid plastic.)
            • Give away online Gumtree or drop off at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or the Bower Resource Recovery Facility or similar.    
            • Drop off at a recycling centre i.e. Perry St Recycling Centre, Randwick.
            • Do not put in Council Kerbside Clean Up, as they will not be recycled through this program.

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            Plastic bags (including shopping bags, ‘zip lock’ bags and food packets and inserts)

            • Recycle all soft (scrunchable) plastics at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in the “RedCycle” bin at the front of the store or alternatively in the red general waste bin.
            • Even if there is a recycling triangle or recycling code on it, it cannot go in the yellow bin.
            • Reuse the plastic bags (where possible).
            • Use the plastic bags as bin liners (where possible).

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            Plastic wrapping (Including the wrapping around packets of biscuits, lollies and snack foods)

            • Recycle all soft (scrunchable) plastics at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in the “RedCycle” bin at the front of the store or alternatively in the red general waste bin.
            • Even if there is a recycling triangle or recycling code on it, it cannot go in the yellow bin.
            • Reuse the plastic bags (where possible).
            • Use the plastic bags as bin liners (where possible).

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            Plastic strapping

            • Recycle all soft (scrunchable) plastics at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in the “RedCycle” bin at the front of the store or alternatively in the red general waste bin.

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            Plastic toys

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or similar re-use facility or consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If reusable, consider donating to a hospital, Church or Doctors surgery.
            • Donate to a primary school for an upcoming fete.
            • If broken and non-reusable place in the rubbish bin.
            • If it’s electronic, recycle through one of Council’s periodic e-waste events or to the e-waste skip bin at Reverse Garbage or Bower Resource Recovery Facility.

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            Plastic trays (such as meat tray varieties)

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • Do not mistake the plastic meat trays with the polystyrene varieties which cannot be recycled. A plastic tray will bend but a polystyrene tray will snap when bent (a bit like a wafer biscuit.)

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            Plate glass (such as windscreen glass or window glass)

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or similar re-use facility or consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).
            • If broken and small enough, put in newspaper and a plastic bag and place in the rubbish bin.

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            MDF Plywood building material (medium density fibreboard)

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or similar re-use facility or consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Poisons

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Polystyrene (Expanded)

            • Ask the supplier to take back their polystyrene packaging. For suppliers with large quantities of polystyrene visit Expanded Polystyrene Australia.
            • Sheets or blocks of polystyrene are accepted at Reverse Garbage in Marrickville and Perry St Recycling Centre in Randwick. Visit Recycling Near You for other organisations who accept polystyrene.    
            • For commercial quantities contact a recycler from the Yellow Pages
            • Disposal option: If recycling is not an option please place in the rubbish bin even if it has a recycling triangle or plastic code on it.

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            Pool Chemicals

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Pots and pans

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            Printer cartridges

            See “Ink Cartridges”

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            Polyurethane foam packing

            See “Polystyrene”

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            Porcelain/pottery (Such as cups, saucers, plates and serving platters)

            See “Ceramics”

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            Pyrex ('Pyrex' is a brand of clear ceramic used in flat wear and cooking wear)

            See “Ceramics”

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            Radios

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            Razors (disposable varieties)

            • *For electric shavers refer to ‘Electronic appliances.’
            • Rubbish bin.

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            Records (vinyl music varieties)

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            Refrigerators

            See “Fridges & Freezers”

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            Rocks (large garden rocks)

            • Sell or give away online on Gumtree     
            • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Roof tiles

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or similar re-use facility or consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Rubber inner tubes (such as those found in bicycle tyres)

            • If reusable, consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If not reusable, either place in your red bin or put out in your kerbside clean up.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Reuse, repair, recycle

            Gumtree

            You can post items for free or try to sell them either through their webpage or through their easy to use smartphone app. You can attach up to 8 photographs of your item with your post. It has a very large audience of individuals with wide socio economic backgrounds, many of whom would greatly appreciate your second hand goods or are conducting projects where they need odd bits and pieces. The usual scenario is that people come to your house to pick up the goods, which makes it very convenient.

            OzRecycle - The Australian Recyclers Community - give away and get things for free instead of throwing them out! 

            The Bower Reuse Referral Service
            T: 9568 6280 142 Addison Road, Marrickville ph: (02) 9568-6280

            So you've got household furniture/bric-a-brac or something you no longer want, but you don't want to throw it out? Ring the Bower, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, on 9568-6280. Sometimes The Bower can't take items directly - because of space, functionality, low demand, legalities, so they may refer you to three of over 1000 organisations, charities and institutions who may want to repair, reuse and resell your unwanted goods, keeping them out of landfill. 

            Reverse Garbage
            T: 9569-3132, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville.

            Reverse Garbage is a not-for-profit co-operative that sells industrial discards, off-cuts and over-runs to the public for creative and practical uses, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. 

            The Freecycle Network ™ is a grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own communities and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

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            Resource Recovery Management Centres
            You can take additional waste and recyclables to your nearest landfill or transfer station.  Household recyclables are sometimes accepted free of charge.

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            Sand/soil

            • If reusable, consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Sauce bottles (plastic or glass varieties)

            Empty bottles can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.

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            Sawdust

            • Compost bin or worm farm or use as mulch or soil conditioner.
            • Garbage bin. Ensure it is bagged first.

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            Scrap metal

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            Seedling containers (plastic or cardboard varieties)

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin (Regardless of the recycling triangle or recycling code, as long as it is rigid plastic it can be recycled).
            • Give away to someone to grow plants or seedlings on Gumtree.
            • See if the nursery or place of purchase wants the pots returned for recycling or reusing.
            • Drop off for FREE at a recycling centre i.e. Perry St Recycling Centre, Randwick.

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            Shampoo and conditioner bottles (empty)

            Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin (Regardless of the recycling triangle or recycling code, as long as it is rigid plastic it can be recycled).

            Sharps

            Council has a drop-off location for the appropriate disposal of sharps:

            • Mascot Depot - 130 King Street MASCOT NSW 2020
            • ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR SHARPS ARE SECURED IN A STRONG PLASTIC CONTAINER: 
            • √ An Australian Standard sharps container
            • √ A puncture-resistant plastic container with a screw top.
            • X Glass containers are NOT recommended.
            • The Needle Clean-Up Hotline (1800 633 353) is a government funded service that coordinates the clean-up of dumped needles and syringes across the whole of NSW. Please contact the Hotline with a description and details of the location to ensure safe disposal.

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            Shoes

            See “Clothing”

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            Shredded paper

            • Contact a business who specialises in the secure destruction and recycling of paper. Commercial and domestic quantities. 
            • Shred the documents at home and compost, or place in a sealed cardboard box or paper bag and place in your recycling bin.
            • If shredded paper is placed loosely in the recycling bin will not be recycled as it is too small to be detected in the automated sorting process.

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            Smoke alarms

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Solvents

            See “Chemical Waste”

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            Sporting goods (including bats, balls, swing sets etc)

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage Marrickville or similar re-use operation or sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • Donate to a friend or charity. 
            • If non reusable, put out in the Council Clean-up collection. 

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            Steel cans (such as pet food tins, tins of fruit and vegetables etc)

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            Styrofoam (also known as polystyrene)

            See “Polystyrene”

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            Sump oil

            • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.
            • Organise a collection (household and commercial quantities) with a businesses that specialises in chemical collection and/or recycling (refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal)

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            Suitcases (includes hard topped or fabric)

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage Marrickville or similar re-use operation or sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • Donate to a friend or charity. 
            • If non reusable, put out in the Council Clean-up collection. 

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            Syringes and needles (sharps)

            See “Sharps”

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            Takeaway plastic food containers 

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin (Regardless of the recycling triangle or recycling code. As long as it is rigid plastic.)
            • Consider collecting a quantity and donating to a school to use as storage containers or for paint pots.
            • For large quantities drop off for FREE at a recycling centre i.e. Perry St Recycling Centre, Randwick.
            • For commercial quantities contact a 'Waste Collector' from your Yellow Pages for collection, drop off and recycling.

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            Tea bags

            • Compost bin or worm farm.
            • Rubbish bin.

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            Telephone (including cordless varieties)

            See “Electronic Waste” or “Mobile Phones”

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            Telephone books

            See “Phone Books”

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            Televisions

            • For working machines, sell or give away online through Gumtree. Alternatively, some charities will accept saleable machines.
            • If broken take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events or to Perry Street Recycling Centre in Randwick.
            • Contact Reverse E-Waste or a ‘Metal Merchant’ in the Yellow Pages to arrange collection for recycling.
            • If you are getting a replacement TV, get the installers to remove and dispose of your old machine.

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            Thermometers

            • For household quantities, drop off for FREE through the Chemical CleanOut program.
            • Refer to the Yellow Pages in the ‘Waste Reduction and Disposal’ section for a business that specialises in chemical or hazardous waste removal.

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            Tiles (floor and roof)

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or similar re-use facility or consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Timber (all varieties, new or used)

            • Sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • If reusable (and if particularly a valuable timber), contact a business who specialises in second hand building materials. 
            • Take to landfill. Fees and charges may apply.

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            Tin cans (such as dog food tins and tin fruit and vegetables)

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            Tissues

            Rubbish bin.

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            Tissue boxes

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • No need to remove soft plastic insert.

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            Toilet

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or similar re-use facility or consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If not reusable, contact a business who specialises in the collection, recycling and/or reusing of builders waste.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Toilet paper rolls

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.

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            Toner Cartridges

            Drop off your used laser and ink jet printer cartridges at participating Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Tandy, Dick Smith Electronics and Powerhouse stores or at ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ outlets listed at Recycling Near You.

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            Tools (such as hammer, saw, electrical tools etc)

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage, Marrickville or similar re-use facility or consider selling or giving away online on Gumtree.  
            • If predominately metal, take to one of Council’s periodic e-waste drop off events or to the e-waste skip bin at Reverse Garbage or Bower Resource Recovery Facility.
            • If not reusable, and not predominately metal, put out in your Kerbside Clean Up.
            • Take to landfill (fees and charges apply).

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            Toys (including plastic dolls, wooden puzzles and steel trucks)

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage Marrickville or similar re-use operation or sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • Donate to a friend or charity. 
            • If non reusable, put out in the Council Clean-up collection. 

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            Tree trunks / Stumps

            • Sell or give away online for fire wood on Gumtree.
            • Hire a machine that can grind the timber into mulch for the garden.
            • Take to landfill. Fees and charges may apply.

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            Truck tyres

            • When purchasing your new truck tyre(s) discuss your recycling option with the tyre retailer. Most tyre retailers have a recycling scheme.
            • These are not accepted in the Council Kerbside Clean Up service.
            • For commercial quantities consider a business who specialise in recycling this product such as Tyrecycle on 1300 829 253.
            • Take to landfill. Fees and charges may apply.

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            Tupperware containers (Tupperware is a worldwide brand of plastic storage containers)

            • If reusable, drop off for FREE at Reverse Garbage Marrickville or similar re-use operation or sell or give away online on Gumtree.
            • If your Tupperware is damaged organise free replacements pieces. Refer to their website for details.
            • Consider giving unwanted Tupperware to a school canteen, Childcare centre or preschool as they are useful for storage.
            • As a last resort place in your commingled yellow lidded recycling bin.

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            Tyres and Wheels

            There are about 18 million end-of-life tyres in Australia each year, with an estimated 57% going to landfill and 13% disposed of inappropriately through illegal dumping (O.E.H.). It's important to ensure that the mechanic or garage you use recycles your tyres. Tyre service centres such as Kmart Tyre and Auto Service will recycle your tyres for free when you purchase new ones. For a list of retail drop off locations click here. Alternatively you can take them to your nearest landfill or transfer station.

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            Underwear (Underpants, bras, singlets)

            • If in good condition, give away or donate to charities. (Refer to “Bras” in this guide for other options)
            • Rubbish bin.
            • Use as rags (if suitable).

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            Used Syringes / needles

            See “Sharps”

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            V

            Vacuum cleaner bag

            • Compost bin or worm farm.
            • Rubbish bin.

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            Video games and consoles (Including X-Box, Playstation and Nintendo)

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            Video recorders and tapes

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            Vinyl (including vinyl records)

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            W

            Wardrobes

            See “Furniture”

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            Waxed cardboard

            • If the waxed cardboard is that of such items as milk cartons, stock cartons, and ice cream cartons or similar, they can go in the recycling bin. This is because this waxed material can easily be separated from the paper during the recycling process.
            • Waxed cardboard boxes where fruit and vegetables may come in, usually found at the green grocers, can NOT be recycled and need to go in the rubbish bin. This is because the wax is too difficult to be removed during the recycling process.

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            Weeds

            Put out for collection in Council’s greenwaste collection service.

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            Wheel barrow

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            White goods

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            Window frames and panes

            See “Glass (window pane, drinking, Pyrex)”

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            Wire (including electrical, copper and cable etc)

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            Wrapping paper (used for wrapping presents)

            • Reuse paper where possible.
            • Wrapping paper which is made from paper can go in the recycling bin. No need to remove sticky tape, ribbons or gift tags beforehand.
            • Cellophane paper or foil-styled gift wrapping paper is not recyclable and needs to go in the rubbish bin.

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            Wood / timber (untreated)

            See “Timber”

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            Wrapping Paper

            • Reuse paper where possible.
            • Wrapping paper which is made from paper can go in the recycling bin. No need to remove sticky tape, ribbons or gift tags beforehand.
            • Cellophane paper or foil-styled gift wrapping paper is not recyclable and needs to go in the rubbish bin

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            X

            X-rays

            X-ray destruction and recycling is good environmental policy - reduce harm to the environment by keeping them out of landfill. 

            X-ray films contain silver in the form of halides, which can be extracted and converted into pure silver.

            There are a number of participating organisations that have set up drop off points. Visit http://www.quantumtechnicalservices.com.au/community for more information.

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            Y

            Yoghurt containers

            • Can be recycled in the yellow lidded commingled recycling bin.
            • No need to wash or rinse.

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