Problem Waste Recycling Stations

Waverley residents can drop off old mobile phones, tablets, ink cartridges and household batteries for free recycling. Council provides problem waste stations at Waverley Library, located at 32-48 Denison Street, Bondi Junction, and the Customer Service Centre, located at 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction.

When batteries, phones, tablets and cartridges are sent to landfill they can leach toxic or hazardous substances into our soil and possibly contaminate surface and ground water. These items contain valuable or non-renewable resources such as rare earth metals and plastics which can be recovered and incorporated into new products. Foil, silver and copper can be recovered from mobile phones and tablets. Batteries can be dismantled and made into new batteries. Plastics, metals and ink can be recovered from printer cartridges.

What you can drop off

Household Batteries

  • Small handheld batteries such as those used in cameras, torches, toys, tools and appliances
  • Rechargeable and non-rechargeable
  • AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, 6V lantern and button/ watch batteries
  • Types: Alkaline batteries, lithium batteries, nickel cadmium (NiCd) and nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries

Mobile phones and tablets

  • All types of mobile phones (including smart phones)
  • All types of tablets
  • All mobile phone accessories (chargers, cables, batteries)

*You can keep the mobile phone battery in the phone

Printer cartridges

  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges

* Commercial quantities not accepted

What you can't drop off

  • No large batteries like car batteries i.e. lead acid batteries
  • No light bulbs, lamps or fluorescent tubes
  • No chemicals, paints, cleaners, gas bottles etc

    These can go to a chemical clean out event or to the Randwick Community Recycling Centre.

  • No bulky e-waste such as:
    • Computers, printers, monitors or computer accessories
    • TVs, DVD and CD players, VCRs, CDs or DVDs
    • Stereo/ Hi-Fi equipment
    • Landline phones
    • Major appliances, whitegoods, small appliances, power tools
    • DVDs, CDs or tapes
    • Toys, hobby equipment, electronic musical instruments

    These can be taken to an E-waste Drop Off Day in March or November.

    Battery handling tips

    • Batteries contain cadmium, lead and highly corrosive acid which are all extremely toxic, so it's important not to dispose of them in the general waste bin.
    • When transporting a battery, handle it very carefully and ensure the acid does not leak.
    • In no instance should batteries be burned. This releases dangerous fumes and can cause an explosion.
    • Using rechargeable batteries will mean fewer batteries go to landfill.

    Where and when can I drop off these recyclables?

    Waverley Library

    32 - 48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

    Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 9pm

    Saturday: 9.30am - 3pm

    Sunday: 1- 5pm

  • Customer Service Centre

    55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

    Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 5pm

    Thursday extended hours: 8.30am - 7.00pm

    Please remember these items are recycled, not reused. Before you use this service, consider whether your phone or tablet might be appreciated by someone else in your social circles or if it can be sold or donated to a charity.

    Find out more here.