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Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

What can I recycle?

NSW residents are generating more waste each year. The good news is NSW households are recycling 47% of their waste, or 4.4 kg per person per week. But there's a lot more we can do. Recycling has advanced and we can now recycle more than just glass, cans and paper.

Kerbside collection services for recyclables

Kerbside recycling collection services for NSW households are run by local councils.

Most kerbside recycling services collect paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans and plastic containers. Some councils also collect household food and garden organic waste. The materials collected vary from council to council, so check with your council for the full range of materials.

For information about what you can put in your kerbside recycling bin, and when it is collected, contact your local council.

Other recycling services

Check RecyclingNearYou to find out where you can take recyclable items that aren’t collected by your local council kerbside collection service.

Return old and unwanted medicines to any pharmacy for free, safe disposal: or 1300 650 835.

Drop-off centres for common ‘household problem wastes’

You can drop off some common ‘household problem wastes’ at a Community Recycling Centre. Community Recycling Centres cater for household waste that cannot be collected via kerbside collection services, e.g. paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, motor and cooking oils, car and household batteries, fluorescent tubes and globes, and smoke detectors. Many of these wastes can be recycled if they undergo special treatment and processing.

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Page last updated: 15 September 2016