A-Z Waste & Recycling Directory

Use our A-Z Directory to find out where your unwanted items can be recycled or disposed of.

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ItemWhere it should go
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Aerosol cans (empty) Empty aerosol cans can be recycled 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.
Asbestos Asbestos cannot go in household bins. Asbestos can only be disposed of at a licenced disposal location. Asbestos should only be handled by a licensed asbestos removal contractor. You can find out more information about asbestos removal and disposal here.
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.
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Batteries – household  

Batteries contain toxic metals that can be harmful to the environment. Bring them to a problem waste drop-off station in Bondi Junction or a problem waste drop-off event. Alternatively, take them to Aldi, Officeworks, IKEA or other collection points.

Consider swapping to rechargeable batteries.
Batteries – car Take to a Chemical CleanOut event or a Community Recycling Centre. Find a location
Bike, E-Bikes, Scooters and other Personal Transport Vehicles

Old bikes can be donated to Revolve ReCYCLING. Their certified mechanics repair and redeploy good quality bikes which are resold at affordable prices. Kids’ bikes are donated to kids that have no access to bikes. All other material is diverted from landfill to recycling.

99 Bikes in Bondi Junction is the local drop off point.
Bread tags Due to their small size, bread tags can not go in the yellow recycling bin.

Aussie Bread Tags for  Wheelchairs is an organisation that recycles them locally, raising funds to buy wheelchairs for disadvantaged people, mainly in South Africa. Find a collection point on this map
Blister packaging (eg medicines) Drop off to free collection points with Terracycle or Pharmacycle progams
Building and construction material Cannot go in kerbside bins or be collected through Council Clean Up Collections. Check the state waste regulations
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Cameras Analogue film or digital cameras can be dropped off at any Ted's Cameras store. Find your nearest Ted's store here and learn more about Ted's Camera Recycling Program here
Cans (aluminium and steel) Recycle it right in your yellow recycling bin. You can also collect eligible cans and return them at a return and earn station for a 10c rebate for each can recycled.
Cardboard Recycle it right in your blue recycling bin ensuring it's flattened.
Cardboard (bulk) Store dry and bring to our problem waste drop-off events.
Cardboard (waxed) Dispose of it in your red bin as the wax coating cannot be recycled at the recycling facility.
CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and USBs Consider donating at first, otherwise, take them to Officeworks or bring them to our problem waste drop-off events.
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) Dispose of in your red bin if you cannot avoid them.
Chocolate bar wrapper (soft plastics) Dispose of in your red bin if you cannot avoid them.
Clothes hangers Dispose of in your red bin as they get caught in the recycling system and cause damage to machinery. If they’re intact, you can try and donate them to your local dry cleaner or charity shop.
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 Dispose of in your red bin if you cannot avoid them.
Coffee cups – disposable The best way to reduce disposable coffee cup waste is to choose a reusable cup. 
If you use a disposable coffee cup, check the list of 7-Eleven stores that collect coffee cups for recycling here.
Coffee cups – lids Takeaway coffee cup lids should be placed in a red bin.
Compostable plastic

Neither biodegradable nor compostable packaging should be put in your recycling bin as it causes contamination.

If your packaging is certified to be home compostable (AS5810), then you can place this packaging in your home compost bin.

If your packaging is not certified to be home compostable, or you cannot compost at your own home, place this packaging in your general waste bin.

Computers – PCs, laptops, components and accessories, If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, take to Officeworks or bring along to our problem waste drop-off events.
Corks Corks can be reused for craft purposes, as garden mulch or placed in a compost bin if you have one (note they cannot be placed in your green waste bin). Otherwise, they must be disposed of in the red bin.
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Flares Flares contain explosive matter and should be taken to a flares collection site. Find a collection site near you
Foil Clean aluminium foil (scrunched together in a fist-sized ball) and trays go in your yellow recycling bin. If the aluminium foil has lots of food scraps or oil on it, place it in the red 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 food scraps and food waste in your red bin.
Fruit stickers Dispose of in your red bin if you cannot avoid them.
Furniture If still in good condition, consider selling online or donating. The Bower Collection and Rehoming Service provides Waverley Council residents with reuse and rehoming options for items that are still in good condition. Learn more

If broken or unusable, book one of your free clean up collection or call 9083 8000 if you need assistance.
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Gas bottles Gas bottles are hazardous waste. Take to a Chemical CleanOut event or a Community Recycling Centre. Find a location
Glass bottles and jars Recycle it right in your yellow bin. You can also collect eligible glass  bottles and return them at a return and earn station for a 10c rebate for each bottle recycled.
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Heaters, hot water Hot water heaters can be taken to Sita Rockdale for free recycling. Call 1300 651 116 for more information.
Heaters, oil Empty oil heaters can be taken to Sita Rockdale for free recycling. Call 1300 651 116 for more information.
Oil heaters with oil remaining inside can be taken to a Chemical Clean event.
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Junk mail Place any paper mail in the blue bin making sure to remove any plastic wrapping beforehand. Consider putting a 'No Junk Mail' sticker on your mailbox to reduce unwanted marketing material.
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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.
Kitty litter Kitty litter should be disposed of in the red bin.
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Lids - Metal Jar metal lids should not be screwed to a glass jar but placed in the yellow bin separately. 
Beer bottle metal caps can be placed in a metal can (e.g. tomato can) and then placed in the yellow bin to prevent them from being lost in the material recycling facility.
Lids - Plastic Plastic lids should be screwed onto plastic bottles and recycled in the yellow bin. You can also collect eligible plastic bottles and return them at a return and earn station for a 10c rebate for each bottle recycled.
Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes Bring to a problem waste drop-off event or a Household Chemical CleanOut event or Community Recycling Centre (find a location).
Liquid Paper Board containers (foil-lined) These containers are used for long-life products (e.g. UHT milk, Tetrapak) and are not recyclable in Waverley Council yellow bins. Check to see if the container can be taken to Return and Earn collection points for a 10c refund, otherwise put them in the red bin.
Liquid Paper Board containers (non-foil lined) LPB containers (used for chilled juice or milk) without the foil lining are recycled right in your blue bin. Containers under 1L may be taken to Return and Earn collection points for a 10c refund.
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Magazines Recycle it right in your blue bin provided packaging (e.g. plastic wrap) is removed.
Makeup and beauty packaging

Clean and empty containers of any brand can be taken to Priceline, Mecca, David Jones, or mailed to Flora & Fauna for recycling.

Mattresses If no longer usable, contact the brand you bought it from to check if they have a recycling program. Otherwise, book one free clean up collection or call 9083 8000 if you need assistance. Learn more.
Medicines (unwanted) You can bring old, expired and other unwanted medicines to RUM (Return Unwanted Medicines) Project participating pharmacies. RUM Project is a national scheme and you can find your nearest participating 
Metal water  bottle Reusable metal bottles are increasingly common, but cannot be recycled in your home recycling bin. Bring your end of life metal water bottles to our problem waste drop off events.
Mobile phones If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, bring along to a problem waste station or a problem waste drop-off event. Alternatively, bring them to your nearest Officeworks for recyling.
Motor oil Take to a Household Chemical CleanOut event or a Community Recycling Centre. Find a location
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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
Netting produce bags Dispose of in your red bin if you cannot avoid them.
Newspapers Recycle it right in your blue bin. Any plastic packaging should go in your red bin.
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Oral care products Toothpaste tubes and caps, manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, and floss containers are accepted at our problem waste stations located at the Customer Service Centre or the Library in Bondi Junction.
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Paint (household) Take to a Household Chemical CleanOut event or a Community Recycling Centre. Find a location
Paper Recycle it right in your blue bin.
Paper towels Dispose in the red bin. The paper fibres are too short to be recycled and can pose a health issue for people sorting on the processing line.
Pens & markers Take to Officeworks for recycling.
Plastic containers Recycle it right in your yellow bin. Small plastic containers (with recycling symbols 1, 2, 3, 5) include items such as yoghurt tubs and shampoo bottles.
Pizza boxes Boxes that are not too greasy can go in the blue bin, if you're unsure, remove the greasy part and put that in the red bin.
Polystyrene foam (EPS) Polystyrene foam or styrofoam cannot be recycled in your kerbside bins. Bring along to our problem waste drop-off events or dispose of in the red bin.
Pool inflatables Pool toys in good condition can be recycled through PLOYS. Their NSW collection point is in Tweed Heads so the most convenient option for Waverley residents is to post them. In return, PLOYS offer a $10 voucher/store credit.

Punctured pool inflatables must be placed in the red bin.
Pool pumps Pool pumps that are made of more than 90% metal can be recycled for free at Sita Rockdale. Pool pumps that are less than 90% metal can be taken to Sita Rockdale but disposal will incur a fee. Call 1300 651 116 for more information.
Printer cartridges Bring laser and inkjet cartridges to a Council problem waste station, Officeworks or other collection points for recycling.
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Salad bags Dispose of in your red bin if you cannot avoid them.
Sandbags Sandbags are classified as building materials and cannot be collected by Council or placed in the kerbside bin. Bring them to a local tip or contact a commercial rubbish removal company to have them collected.
Shoes, sporting Sporting shoes and thongs can be taken to the nearest Tread Lightlycollection point.
Smoke detectors Take to a Chemical CleanOut event or a Community Recycling Centre. Find a location.
Soft plastics Soft plastics should be placed in the general waste bin.
Soil Soil is classified as building materials and cannot be placed in Council kerbside bins. Advertise locally on platforms such as Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace for reuse. Alternatively, contact a waste clearance service company to have it removed. For big quantities, consider hiring a skip bin. For small amounts, residents with a lawn can top dress it with the soil.
Soy sauce fish bottles Tricky to recycle because of their size, soy sauce fish bottles are so small that they fall through the sorting machinery at the recycling center and end up in landfill. The solution is to put them inside a larger plastic container such as a bottle or takeout food and put that in the recycling bin. Make sure the container is the same type of plastic as the soy say sauce fish bottle, polyethylene (this is shown by the number 1 inside the triangle).
Shopping trolleysVisit our illegal dumping and litter page for more information.
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Tablet (electronic device) If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, bring along to a Council drop-off station.
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.
TrolleysVisit our illegal dumping and litter page for more information.
Tyres Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) was formed to increase the number of tyres recycled in Australia. If you mechanic or garage does not recycle your tyres reach out to one of the TSA members to ask about recycling your tyres, such as Bridgestone Bondi. Bob Jane T-Mart in Bondi Junction also recycles tyres. There may be a small fee to drop off your tyres for recycling so it's best to call ahead to confirm.
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Vape and e-cigarettes E-cigarette and e-liquid (liquid nicotine mixtures) waste should not be thrown in any of the kerbside bins or flushed down a sink. Instead, take them to one of our quarterly problem waste drop-off events.
VHS tapes Take to a problem waste drop-off event.
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Wetsuits There are two options to recycle wetsuits. Rip Curl and Terracycle have partnered to recycle wetsuits. Check their website and call the store before your visit. Alternatively, you can drop off your old wetsuit at Let's Go Surfing in North Bondi. Wetsuits need to be fully dry and free of sand.  
White goods (fridges, washing machines, etc) If still in working condition, consider selling online or donating. If not working, book one of your free clean up collection or call 9083 8000 if you need assistance. Learn more
Wine bottles Recycle it right in your yellow container recycling bin. If possible, unscrew the lid from the bottle and place it loosely in the recycling bin. 
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X-ray films Collect in a small box or bag and take to a Council drop-off station.