Waste & Recycling A-Z

It is important to know where to dispose of items correctly. Use the list below to find out where your unwanted items can be recycled, collected or disposed of.

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ItemWhere it should go
A
Aerosol cans (empty) Recycle it right in your yellow bin.
Aerosol cans (not empty) Aerosol cans with material still inside are a hazard when put into the yellow bin. Take to a Chemical CleanOut event or a Community Recycling Centre. Find a location
Asthma inhalers (empty) Separate the canister from the plastic holder before placing both in the yellow recycling bin.

Spacers cannot be recycled and they go in your red bin.
Asthma inhalers (not empty) Expired inhalers that are not empty can be returned to your local pharmacy.
B
Batteries – household   Consider swapping to rechargeable batteries. Bring to a problem waste drop off station or a problem waste drop off event. Alternatively, search for Aldi, Officeworks, IKEA or other collection points.
Batteries – car Take to a Chemical CleanOut event or a Community Recycling Centre. Find a location
C
Cardboard Recycle it right in your blue recycling bin.
Cardboard (Bulk) Store dry and bring to our problem waste drop off events.
Cardboard (waxed) Dispose of in your waste bin as the wax coating cannot be recycled at the recycling facility.
Cans (aluminium and steel)Recycle it right in your yellow recycling bin. 
CDs and DVDsConsider donating, or if not working, bring to our problem waste drop off events (includes cases).
Chemicals (domestic) Household chemicals are hazardous and must be disposed of correctly. Take to a Chemical CleanOut event Find a location
Chip packets (soft plastics) Return dry empty packaging to a Redcycle collection point.
Chocolate bar wrapper (soft plastics) Return dry empty packaging to a Redcycle collection point.
Clothing, Textiles, Linen and accessories Good condition items can be donated to charitable organisations for resale or rehoming. Damaged or unsellable items may be recovered through retailer run programs. Learn more.
Cling wrap Return dry with other soft plastics to a Redcycle collection point or put into red bin.
Coffee cups – disposable Consider a reusable coffee cup for takeaway. Disposable coffee cups must go in the red bin due to the interior plastic lining.
Compostable plastic Neither biodegradable or compostable packaging should be put in your recycling bin as it causes contamination. If you are not able to compost at your own home, place in your red bin.
Computers – PCs, laptops, components and accessories, If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, bring along to our problem waste drop off events.
F
Flares Flares contain explosive matter and should be taken to a flares collection item. Find a collection site near you.
FoilClean aluminium foil (scrunched together in a fist-sized ball) and trays go in your yellow recycling bin.
Food scraps and waste If you are not able to compost at your own home, try connecting to others who do through ShareWaste. Otherwise, place in your red bin.
Furniture If still in good condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, call customer service at 02 9083 8000 to book one of your free clean-up collections. Learn more.
G
Gas bottles Gas bottles are a hazardous waste. Take to a Chemical CleanOut event or a Community Recycling Centre. Find a location.
Glass bottles and jarsRecycle it right in your yellow bin.
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Kitchen appliances (toaster, kettle, etc.) If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, bring along to a problem waste drop off event.
L
Light Bulbs and Fluorescent tubes Bring to a problem waste drop off station or a problem waste drop off event.
Liquid Paper Board containersLPB containers (such as for UHT milk) under 1L can be taken to Return and Earn collection points or recycled right in your yellow bin.
M
Magazines Recycle it right in your blue bin, please remove any packaging (e.g. plastic wrap).
Mattresses If no longer usable, call customer service at 02 9083 8000 to book one of your free clean-up collections. Learn more.
Mobile Phones If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, bring along to a problem waste drop off station or a problem waste drop off event.
N
Nappies (disposable) Nappies go in the red bin.
Needles and syringes You can bring needles to one of the community disposal sites around Waverley. Learn more.
Newspapers Recycle it right in your blue bin. Take off any plastic packaging and return dry empty packaging to a Redcycle collection point
P
Paint (household) Take to a Chemical CleanOut event or a Community Recycling Centre. Find a location.
PaperRecycle it right in your blue bin.
Plastic containers Recycle it right in your yellow bin. Small plastic containers (with recycling symbols 1, 2, 3, 5) include yoghurt tubs, shampoo bottles, etc.
Printer cartridges Bring laser and ink jet cartridges to a problem waste drop off station or other collection point for recycling.
S
Salad bags Return dry empty packaging to a Redcycle collection point.
T
Tablet (electronic device) If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, bring along to a problem waste drop off station or a problem waste drop off event.
Televisions If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, bring along to our problem waste drop off events.
Tins or cans Lightly rinse, dry and recycle it right in your yellow bin.
W
White goods (fridges, washing machines, etc) If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, call customer service at 02 9083 8000 to book one of your free clean-up collections. Learn more.
Wine bottles Recycle it right in your yellow container recycling bin
X
X-ray films Collect in a small box or bag and take to a problem waste drop off station or a problem waste drop off event.