A-Z: What goes where?

Before disposing of an unwanted item, consider selling, giving away or donating

Gumtree or FreeCycle

Contact The Bower or Reverse Garbage

Op Shop can help you find your nearest donation location

Check the following charities to find out what you can donate:

Council bins

Red bin – Garbage
Yellow bin – Recycling
Green bin – Food organics garden organics (FOGO)
Burgundy bin – Food organics garden organics (FOGO)

Both green and burgundy bins are collected by the FOGO truck for apartment blocks. Burgundy lid bins will be swapped for green lids in the future.

Unsure how to dispose of an item? Type your item or material into the search bar below:

Item Which bin or service? Advice and suggestions
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Aerosol cans

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Community Recycling Centre

Yellow bin (can emptied)

Unemptied cans: Household chemical and e-waste drop-off, Community Recycling Centre

Terracycle collection

Air conditioner Council clean up service - metal and whitegoods Portable only. For other types of air conditioners search Business Recycling Website
Air freshener

Red bin

This includes cans, spray bottles, plug-in and refills.

Check Terracycle, some brands may have recycling programs for their products.

Aluminium

Yellow bin (Cans, containers, trays, clean foil)

Red bin (dirty foil)

Drink containers can be recycled at a Return and Earn recycling station
Animal waste

Red bin

Animal waste is not allowed in the green (FOGO) bin. Find out more

Asbestos Visit the EPA website to find facilities that accept household asbestos.
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Barbecues
Council clean up service - metal and whitegoods. Remove the gas bottle/cylinder, they cannot be collected in a clean up. See 'gas bottle' for disposal options

Batteries

Do not place batteries in your garbage bin. This is hazardous and can cause fires.

Community Recycling Centre

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Includes single-use, rechargeable, and car batteries

Drop-off at B-cycle

For mobile phone batteries check MobileMuster

Book a RecycleSmart collection

Officeworks offers battery drop-off points

For more options visit Recycling Near You

Beauty products Red bin

Terracycle - Beauty product recycling

Marrickville Metro has partnered with Terracycle - drop off your beauty products at the Metro Recycling Wall

RecycleSmart collect empty cosmetic packaging

Bicycles and bicycle parts Council clean up service - metal and whitegoods

Revolve Recycling 

The Bower

Check Bicycle NSW

Biopak packaging (coffee cups, takeaway containers) Red bin

In line with EPA guidelines, we do not accept compostable packaging in our FOGO stream, even if the packaging has the seedling logo. This is to ensure the highest quality output is produced from the processing facility that will go onto farmlands. 

Try using a reusable coffee cup instead! All cafes accept them, and some may provide a discount for keep cup usage. 

Alternatively, some shopping centres, petrol stations and other retailers have partnered with Simply Cups - recycling disposable coffee cups. 7/11 have a useful map of locations - please be mindful that each collection point cannot process large quantities. It's still better to use a reusable coffee cup.

RecycleSmart collect single use coffee cups - Cups and lids need to be stacked separately for collection.

Books

Yellow bin

Not suitable to sell or donate? Pull off the cover and recycle the pages

Donate to charity, Op shop

The Bower

The Footpath Library

Post on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle

Book a RecycleSmart collection

Bottles

Yellow bin (glass, plastic or metal)

*Broken Bottles - wrap in newspaper and place in red bin

Drink containers can be recycled at a Return and Earn station

Branches Council clean up service - branches

Branches should be cut to 1m in length and bundled. Maximum 1 metre in length and 15 centimetres in diameter.

Small branches and other garden organics can be placed in your green bin (FOGO). Any small branches or palm fronds, please make sure they are no more than 10cm in diameter and no more than 30cm long. The lid of the bin must be able to shut by collection day.

Bricks

Hire a skip bin for construction waste

Check with: Business Recycling WebsiteThe BowerReverse Garbage (concrete-free bricks only).

Post on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle

C
Carton (Tetra Pak)

Foil-lined - Red bin

Non-foil - Yellow bin

Includes juice, milk or any beverage/liquid cardboard carton (sometimes known as Tetra Pak)

Foil-lined cartons are typically brick shaped and contain products such as long-life milk

Non-foil lined cartons have gable tops and are usually found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket

Foil / non-foil lined containers are accepted by Return and Earn

Visit Recycling Near You to find out more about carton recycling

Candles
Red bin
Find out how to recycle wax candles at home
Cameras Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Donate to charity

Post on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle

RecycleSmart collect digital and video cameras

Cardboard

Yellow bin

Don't overfill your recycling bin, you can drop off excess cardboard at Council's Weekend Transfer Station in Leichhardt.
Car parts Visit Recycling Near You
Carpet, rugs and underlay Council clean up service - bulky household items

Hire a skip bin

Business Recycling website

The BowerReverse Garbage

Cellophane Red bin

REDcycle regrets to announce that it will temporarily pause its soft plastics collection program from 9 November 2022. REDcycle and its partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible.

Redcycle has more information about the pause

Chemicals Household chemical and e-waste drop-off Remember to store chemicals safely before the next event. If you missed the Inner West's event check the EPA website
Christmas tree (real) Council clean up service - branches If you have a real Christmas tree that doesn't fit in the garden bin, cut into 1 metre long branches, bundle and book a collection
Cigarette butts Red bin Bin that butt - encourage your friends to as well
Cling wrap

Red bin

REDcycle regrets to announce that it will temporarily pause its soft plastics collection program from 9 November 2022. REDcycle and its partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible.

Redcycle has more information about the pause

Clothing and textiles

Watch this video about donating clothing and textiles ethically

Red bin

Donate wearable clothes to your local charity/op shop. Many clothing retailers have donation bins for clothes (e.g H&M, Zara)

Tear up unwearable clothing or textiles for cleaning rags or donate them to your local animal shelter or vet. Some retailers will accept unwearable textiles including H&M

RecycleSmart collects wearable and unwearable clothing. Please separate separate for collection.

Clothing Cleanup picks up wearable clothes if you aren't able to drop them off yourself

Other clothing and textile recyclers include:

Circular Centre

Upparel

Dress for Success

The Bower

Coat hangers

Red bin

Council clean up service 

Metal (wire): Large amounts can be collected in a council clean up - metal and whitegoods

Wood, plastic, other: Large amounts can be collected in a council clean up - bulky household items

Undamaged hangers can be donated to your local laundromat or dry cleaner

Post on Gumtree, Facebook, Freecycle

Coffee cups (disposable) Red bin

Takeaway coffee cup are lined with petroleum-based plastic materials and contaminate the paper recycling stream

Plastic lids are too light to be processed in the recycling facility, they will fly off the machinery or be blown into the wrong material stream

The whole takeaway coffee cup will become landfill, try using a reusable coffee cup instead!

Alternatively, some shopping centres, petrol stations and other retailers have partnered with Simply Cups - recycling disposable coffee cups. 7/11 have a useful map of locations - please be mindful that each collection point cannot process large quantities. It's still better to use a reusable coffee cup.

RecycleSmart collect single use coffee cups - Cups and lids need to be stacked separately for collection

Coffee capsule/pod Red bin

Most brands (e.g Nespresso, Nescafe) may allow used capsule/pod drop-offs in store, or partner with Terracycle. Contact the brand or check Terracycle for updates

RecycleSmart collect aluminium coffee capsules

Coffee grounds (loose) Green bin

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Only use Council-provided or AS4736 compostable liners (look for the seedling logo).

Green lid bins and burgundy lid bins will now be emptied into the same truck.

Compostable plastic Red bin

Some biodegradable/compostable plastics break down in home composts. Check with the manufacturer.

Compostable plastics are not allowed in the green (FOGO) bin. Find out more.

Concrete

Hire a skip bin for construction waste

Visit the Business Recycling website

Contact lenses and cases Red bin

Some brands may partner with Terracycle

Specsavers - How to recycle contact lenses

Corks Red bin

The BowerReverse Garbage

Crockery

Red bin

Council clean up service - bulky household items

Donate to charity/op shop

Post on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle

If broken, wrap in newspaper and place in the garbage bin

Large amounts can be booked in for council clean up service - bulky household items

Cutlery

Red bin

BYO reusable cutlery to events or places that may not provide cutlery - plastic single-use cutlery cannot be recycled!

Donate metal cutlery to charity/op shops

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Dental floss containers
Red bin Terracycle - Oral Care Recycling Program
Detergents Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Consider making your own

Keep the container and only buy refills

Terracycle - Dish and Air Care Recycling Program

Disposable plates and cups

Yellow bin

Clean - all food scraps and liquids must be removed.

Does NOT include plastic cutlery

Dishwashing tablet packaging Red bin Terracycle collection
Dog poo Red bin

Dog poo is not allowed in the FOGO bin. Find out more.

Doors and door handles

The BowerReverse Garbage

Post on Gumtree, Facebook, Freecycle

Visit the Business Recycling website

Drinking glasses/cups (glass) Red bin

Broken glasses must be wrapped

The quality of glass is different to glass drinking bottles and can't be recycled - it contaminates the glass bottle recycling

Dryer Council clean up service - metal and whitegoods

Still working? Post on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle

Dust (bagged)

Compost bin or worm farm

Red bin

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Egg cartons

Compost Bin

Yellow bin

Egg cartons, like all animal produce packaging is designed to be single-use to minimise contact with possibly harmful bacteria - Keep this in mind before reusing
Elastic bands (natural or synthetic rubber) Red bin Reuse them to reseal food packages
Electrical appliances Council clean up - bulky household items

Donate to charity or The Bower

RecycleSmart collect small electrical appliances

For more options visit Recycling Near You

Electronic waste (e-waste)

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Community Recycling Centre

Including computers, laptops, TVs, speakers, mouse, keyboard, telephones, headphones, earphones and other accessories

Donate to The Reconnect Project

For mobile phone recycling visit MobileMuster

RecycleSmart collect small e-waste items

Arnies Recon provides free pick up and recycling of electronics and appliances to homes and businesses in the Sydney Metro area

Officeworks provides e-waste recycling

E-waste recycling is funded by the industry and regulated by the Commonwealth government under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 to ensure the safe recycling of hazardous e-waste

Engine oil

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Community Recycling Centre

Check business recycling website
Envelopes

Yellow bin (no padded plastic)

Includes envelopes with a plastic window face

Padded paper envelopes (no plastic) go in the Yellow recycling bin

Padded envelopes lined with bubble wrap can be reused or put in the Red garbage bin

REDcycle regrets to announce that it will temporarily pause its soft plastics collection program from 9 November 2022. REDcycle and its partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible.

Redcycle has more information about the pause

Eyewear/glasses/spectacles Red bin

For more options visit Recycling Near You

Donate to your local optometrist

F
Fabric
Red bin

See 'clothing and textiles' on this list

Reverse Garbage

Large amounts: The Sewing Basket by Achieve Australia

RecycleSmart collect textiles

Fencing Council clean up service - bulky household items / metal and whitegoods

Contact The Bower

Fibro (asbestos cement sheet)

EPA website: Facilities that accept household asbestos

Visit the Recycling Near You webpage to find a disposal service.

Fire extinguishers

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Community Recycling Centre

Check Fire NSW for more information
Fireplace Council clean-up service - bulky household items / metal and whitegoods

Contact The Bower or Reverse Garbage

Post on Gumtree, Facebook, Freecycle

Visit the Business Recycling Website

Flare (marine) Regular collection through Roads and Maritime Services. Check RMS website for dates.
Foam (i.e. expanded polystyrene or EPS) Red bin

Try to avoid it in the first place. If it comes as packaging, ask the retailer to recycle it for you. Drop-off facilities are rare in the local area. 

RecycleSmart collect white polystyrene.

Visit the Recycling Near You website

Food scraps

Includes:

  • Meat, chicken, seafood (except oyster shells) and small bones (cooked and uncooked meats)
  • Dairy products (cheese, yoghurt etc.)
  • Bread, pasta, rice, cereal
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Out of date food (processed or fresh)
  • Expired takeaway

Green bin (FOGO)

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm

Remove packaging first.

Only use Council-provided or AS4736 compostable liners (look for the seedling logo).

Green and burgundy bins will now be emptied into the same truck.

Food cans/tins Yellow bin

Aluminium, steel and tin

Lightly wash your cans and tins before putting in the recycling bin

Fridges Council clean up service - metal and whitegoods Post on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle
Fuels Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Includes petrol, firestarters, methylated spirits

Fur

Red bin

Try to avoid in the first place. The resale of second-hand or vintage fur products can contribute to consumer demand for fur products by perpetuating the idea ‘fur as fashion’

Donate to wildlife rescue group or to charity/op shop

Furniture Council clean up service - bulky household items

Freecycle

Donate to charity/op shop

IKEA furniture buy-back service

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Garage door – metal, damaged

Visit the Recycling Near You website for scrap metal dealers

Commercial waste facility

Garden organics – grass clippings, leaves, twigs and small branches, flowers and prunings

Green bin (FOGO)

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm

Don't overfill your green FOGO bin - for excess branches, use the Council clean-up service.

Green lid and burgundy lid bins will now be emptied into the same truck.

Garden tools and equipment (unpowered) Council clean up service - metal and whitegoods

Usable items can be donated to the Inner West Tool Library, posted on Freecycle, or donated to charity.

Garden tools and equipment (powered) Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Inner West Tool Library or posted on Freecycle

Gas bottles/cylinders

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Community Recycling Centre

Glass bottles Yellow bin

Return and Earn recycling station

Glass jars Yellow bin

Metal lid can stay screwed on jar

Reverse Garbage

Donate to a local food co-op

Glossy paper, card, magazine

Yellow bin

Do the tearing test. If you can tear it, you can recycle it.
Grass clippings

Green bin (FOGO)

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm (only place dried grass clippings in worm farms)

Keep some grass clippings aside to layer the FOGO bin with. Covering food scraps with garden organics will assist in minimising odours and pests.

Green lid and burgundy lid bins will now be emptied into the same truck.
H
Hair foils (with hair dye)
Red bin
Hard plastic (e.g. bike helmet, toys, plastic buckets, washing tubs, etc.)
Red bin
Hard plastic breaks into shards and is not recyclable
Heater Council clean-up service - metals and whitegoods

If still working donate to charity, or post on Gumtree, Facebook, Freecycle

GasCouncil clean-up service - metals and whitegoods

Electric: Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Council clean-up service - metals and whitegoods

OilHousehold chemical and e-waste drop-off

RecycleSmart collect small electric heaters

Hose

Red bin

Council clean up service - bulky household items

Small amount of hose, or chop the hose into smaller pieces: red garbage bin

Large amount of hose/hose reel: Council clean up service - bulky household items

Try reusing your old hose creatively

Household appliances (metal) e.g. toaster

Council clean-up service

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Donate to The Bower or post on Freecycle

RecycleSmart collect small electric appliances

Household cleaners and solvents Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
I
Ice cream container
Yellow bin
Incandescent lightbulbs
Red bin – wrap in newspaper first
RecycleSmart collect lightbulbs
Insulation

Contact a commercial waste facility

Visit the Business Recycling website

J
K
Kitty litter or pet poo
Red bin
Kitty litter or pet poo is not allowed in the green (FOGO) bin. Find out more.
Knitting and haberdashery
Red bin
The Sewing Basket run by Achieve Australia or your local op shop
L
Laptops

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Donate to charity

RecycleSmart collect laptops

Lawn clippings

Green bin (FOGO)

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm (only place dried grass clippings in worm farms)

Keep some lawn clippings aside to layer the FOGO bin with. Covering food scraps with garden organics will assist in minimising odours and pests.

Green lid and burgundy lid bins will now be emptied into the same truck.

Leaves (dried or fresh)

Green bin (FOGO)

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm

Use to layer the FOGO bin with. Covering food scraps with garden organics will assist in minimising odours and pests.

Green lid and burgundy lid bins will now be emptied into the same truck.
Lever arch folders Red bin
Lids of take-away cups (plastic) Red bin
Simply cups
Light globes/bulbs – incandescent Red bin – wrap in newspaper first. RecycleSmart collect light globes/blubs
Light bulbs/tubes – fluorescent

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre

Red bin

RecycleSmart collect fluorescent light tubes

M
Magazines

Yellow bin

Donate to charity 
Mailing satchels (Australia Post plastic satchel)
Red bin
REDcycle regrets to announce that it will temporarily pause its soft plastics collection program from 9 November 2022. REDcycle and its partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible. REDcycle has more information about the pause.
Mattresses Council clean-up service -  Mattress collection All of the mattresses collected through the free Council clean-up service are recycled using either Soft Landing or Mattress Recycler
Meat trays (all colours, all types) Red bin Bring a reusable container to your local butcher
Meat trays - Absorbent pad Red bin  
Medicines

Take to your nearest chemist/pharmacy

Return of Expired Medicines (RUM) program

Recycle medicinal blister packs with the Pharmacycle program.
Mercury Household chemical and e-waste drop-off Contact Toxfree on 1300 869 373
Metals (toolboxes and similar)

Council clean-up service - metals and whitegoods

Donate to charity/op shop

Post on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle

Metal frames (e.g. bed)

Council clean-up service - metal and whitegoods

Donate to charity/op shop

Post on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle

Metal Lid (from glass jar) Yellow bin Keep lid screwed on container if possible
Metal poles or rods Council clean-up service -  metals and whitegoods Commercial waste facility
Microwave oven (not in working order)

Council clean up service

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

RecycleSmart collect small microwaves
Microwave oven, in working order

Council clean-up service

Donate to charity, Freecycle


Microwave dish/container (composite plastics) Red bin N/A
Milk crates Call Dairy Farmers on 1800 000 570
Mirrors (broken) Red bin (wrap it first) N/A
Mirrors (not broken) Freecycle, local op shop, ebaygumtree Council clean up service
Mobile phones and batteries

Community Recycling Centre

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Visit the MobileMuster website

RecycleSmart collect mobile phones and batteries

Donate to The Reconnect Project

Officeworks provides mobile phone recycling

Refer to the Recycling Near You website for more options

Mops Red bin
Motor oil

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Community Recycling Centre

N
Nappies (disposable and compostable)
Red bin N/A
Needles and syringes

Place them in a sharps container or a puncture resistant container (not glass) and dispose of them at a Community Sharps Collection participating pharmacy. Or search for your suburb on the Safe Sharps website

N/A
Newspaper

Compost bin

Yellow bin

Donate to animal shelter like Sydney Dogs and Cats home
O
Oil (cooking)
Small amounts: Red bin. Pour into a container of absorbent material (e.g. shredded toilet rolls, paper, tissues, egg cartons etc) to keep the bin clean. Alternatively, tip a small amount into a compost bin or soil.
Large amounts: Store in container and drop it off at the Community Recycling Centre or the next Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
N/A
Oil (engine)
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre N/A
P
Packaging (foam)

Avoid it in the first place.
If it comes as packaging, ask the retailer to recycle it for you.

Red bin

RecycleSmart collects white polystrene

Packaging (corn starch stuffing)

Home compost bin

Red bin

Compostable packaging is not allowed in the green (FOGO) bin. Find out more.
Packaging (soft): foil-lined
Red bin
N/A
Paint tins - full Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre 

Advertise on a local buy/sell/swap forum e.g. Facebook Marketplace or ‘Street Bounty’

RecycleSmart collect sealed paint tins (maximum 2l)

Paint and solvents - half empty Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre RecycleSmart collected sealed paint tins (maximum 2l)
Paint tins – empty or dried-out

Council clean up or Community Recycling Centre

Red bin


Paper and cardboard

Yellow bin

Did you know...?
Shredded paper cannot be recycled but can be used as animal bedding or placed in your compost or worm farm
Paper (grease-proof) Red bin N/A
Paper towels and tissues Red bin

Did you know...?
Paper towels and tissues cannot be recycled for hygiene reasons.
Pens and pencils Red bin

Donate to charity

Pet food cans Yellow bin N/A
Pillows and cushions (beyond reuse) Natural fibre fill

Red bin

Add fill to compost bin
Pillows and cushions (beyond reuse) synthetic fill Red bin

Discard cover, pull out fill and reuse

Pipes (plastic) Check the Recycling Near You website or the Pipa website Commercial waste facility
Pizza boxes (with no leftover food) Yellow bin N/A
Plant pots

Red bin

Council clean-up service - bulky household items

Small indoor pots/flower pots: Marrickville Community Nursery, see Pinterest for inspiration on the creative reuse of plant pots

Post on Gumtree, Facebook, Freecycle

Large outdoor concrete/terracotta: The Bower, Reverse Garbage

Large amounts of terracotta or ceramics is considered building material and may be required to be taken to a commercial waste facility - check Business Recycling Website 

Plant pots (terracotta/ceramic) The BowerReverse GarbageFreecycle N/A
Plasterboard The BowerReverse GarbageFreecycle N/A
Plastic shopping bags

Avoid if possible

Red bin

Coles, Woolworths and ALDI have formed a Soft Plastics Taskforce to explore soft plastics recycling solutions, following a conditional ACCC interim authorisation. Find out more.

RecycleSmart has resumed collecting soft plastics - however, there may be delays due to demand.
Plastic bottles

Yellow bin

Recycling tip: Keep lids on and bottles empty - no liquids or smaller plastic pieces inside.

Drink containers can be recycled at a Return and Earn recycling station.

Plastic cards (e.g. loyalty cards etc.) and thin plastic objects Red bin N/A
Plastic food containers (single use) Yellow bin N/A
Plastic food trays (biscuits) Yellow bin N/A
Plastic food trays (meat) Red bin Bring reusable container to your local butcher
Plastic-lined food wrapping

Avoid if possible

Red bin

Please note:

REDcycle regrets to announce that it will temporarily pause its soft plastics collection program from 9 November 2022. REDcycle and its partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible.

Redcycle has more information about the pause

RecycleSmart
Plastic netting (e.g. fruit netting)

Red Bin

Please note:

REDcycle regrets to announce that it will temporarily pause its soft plastics collection program from 9 November 2022. REDcycle and its partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible.

Redcycle has more information about the pause

RecycleSmart
Plastic storage containers (e.g. Red bin

Donate to charity

Plastic takeaway containers (no leftover food) Yellow bin N/A
Plastic toys Red bin

RecycleSmart collect plastic toys in sellable condition

Donate to charity, Freecycle

Plastic wraps, films and ziplock bags

Avoid if possible

Red bin

Please note:

REDcycle regrets to announce that it will temporarily pause its soft plastics collection program from 9 November 2022. REDcycle and its partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible.

Redcycle has more information about the pause

RecycleSmart
Plasticised foil wrap (e.g. tea bag wrapping) Red bin N/A
Pottery/porcelain

Red bin

Donate to charity
Pots and pans (aluminium or steel) Council clean-up service

Donate to charity, Freecycle

Poisons, pesticides and herbicides Household chemical and e-waste drop-off N/A
Polystyrene (also known as foam)

Red bin

Check the Recycling Near You website

Try to avoid it in the first place. If it comes as packaging, ask the retailer to recycle it for you.

RecycleSmart collect white polystyrene. It does not need to be broken down for collection.

Pringles containers (composite materials) Red bin N/A
Printer cartridges Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Officeworks and JB Hi-Fi stores, Australia Post, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, The Good Guys, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets.

RecycleSmart collect printer cartridges

Pyrex (ovenware) Red bin Donate to charity, Freecycle
R
Rainwater tank

Check if the measurements are eligible for the Council clean-up service (2 metres x 1 metre x 1 metre)

For metal or stainless steel: Council clean-up - Metal and whitegoods

For plastic: Council clean-up - bulky household items and furniture

Check the Reycling Near You website
Radios

Household chemical and e-waste drop off

The Bower, Freecycle, Gumtree
Razors Red bin

Gillette has partnered with Terracycle to create a razor and blades recycling program - Click here for more information

Real grass dog toilet
Red bin
Real (or synthetic) grass dog toilets are not allowed in the green (FOGO) bin. Find out more.
Records (vinyl) Red bin

Donate to local radio station, a second hand shop or post on Freecycle

Refrigerators

Council clean up service - Metal and whitegoods

Freecycle
Reusable shopping bags Red bin

RecycleSmart

Check the Recycling Near You website

Rugs, carpets, underlay Council clean up service

Contact The Bower, Reverse Garbage or a commercial waste facility for disposal. Visit the Business Recycling Website for more ideas.

S
Sand
Visit the Business Recycling website
Commercial waste facility
Scrap metals Check the Recycling Near You website for metal recyclers. N/A
Sharps/syringes

Place them in a sharps container or a puncture resistant container (not glass) and dispose of them at a Community Sharps Collection participating pharmacy. Or search for your suburb on the Safe Sharps website.

N/A
Shopping trolleys
  • Coles, Kmart, Target, Bunnings, Officeworks, Bi Lo:Report online
  • Woolworths, Dan Murphy, Big W, Target, IGA: Report online
  • Aldi: Phone 132 534.
N/A
Sinks, e.g. kitchen or laundry Council clean up service

Reverse Garbage

Shoes

Red bin

TreadLightly recycle sport and active lifestyle footwear.

RecycleSmart collect shoes in reusable condition. They also collect sport shoes, thongs, slides, football boots and golf shoes in unwearable condition.

Donate to charity

Smoke alarms/detectors Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre
RecycleSmart collect smoke alarms and detectors
Soft plastic packaging

Avoid if possible

Red bin

Coles, Woolworths and ALDI have formed a Soft Plastics Taskforce to explore soft plastics recycling solutions, following a conditional ACCC interim authorisation. Find out more.

RecycleSmart has resumed collecting soft plastics - however, there may be delays due to demand.

Soil and rocks Commercial waste facility Soil is not allowed in the green (FOGO) bin due to risk of heavy metal contamination.
Spectacles Check the Recycling Near You website N/A
Spice container (metal with plastic lid) Yellow bin (metal container) and red bin (lid) N/A
Steel cans Yellow bin N/A
Stoves Council clean up service

Freecycle

Straws (plastic) Red bin N/A
Styrofoam (otherwise known as ‘foam’) or expanded polystyrene – EPS)

Red bin

Try to avoid it in the first place. If it comes as packaging, ask the retailer to recycle it for you.

Check the Recycling Near You website

RecycleSmart collect white polystyrene for recycling.

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Take away food containers Yellow bin Lightly rinse the container, make sure no food scraps are left. A little bit of grease is OK
Tapes (VHS and cassette) Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Tea bags

Green bin (FOGO)

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm

Synthetic tea bags (containing plastics) cannot be placed in the burgundy lid or green lid bins.

To find out if yours are okay, try tearing the tea bag open after use. If it tears open easily, it can go in the burgundy lid or green lid bins. If there is some resistance, it is likely synthetic and should therefore go in the red bin.

Green lid and burgundy lid bins will now be emptied into the same truck.

Telephones (not mobile) Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Televisions
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Thermometers (mercury and digital) Household chemical and e-waste drop-off Visit the Business Recycling website
Tiles Contact The Bower or Reverse Garbage (non-broken tiles only) or post on FreecycleGumtree or other online swap and sell platforms. Commercial waste facility
Timber (good condition)

Council clean up service

Wastewood

Among The Trees

Freecycle

Visit the Business Recycling Website

Timber (unusable, poor condition) Council clean up service N/A
Timber - furniture (good condition) Council clean up service

Donate to charity

The Bower

Freecycle

Timber - furniture (unusable, poor condition) Council clean up service N/A
Tissues and napkins Red bin Tissues and napkins are not allowed in the green (FOGO) bin. Find out more.
Toner cartridges
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Officeworks and JB Hi-Fi stores, Australia Post, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, The Good Guys, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets.

Inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges and toner bottles from most brands are accepted. This includes cartridges used in printers, photocopiers and fax machines.

RecycleSmart collect toner cartridges

Toaster Household chemical and e-waste drop-off N/A
Tools (metal) Council clean-up service

Usable tools can be donated to the Inner West Tool Library, charity or posted on Freecycle

Tools (powered) Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Usable power tools can be donated to the Inner West Tool Library or The Bower E-Tool Library
Toothbrushes

Red bin

Reuse it as a grout scrubber.

Terracycle collection (check website for locations)

Toothpaste tubes and caps Red bin
Terracycle collection (check website for locations)
Trolleys
  • Coles, Kmart, Target, Bunnings, Officeworks, Bi Lo: Report online
  • Woolworths, Dan Murphy, Big W, Target, IGA: Report online
  • Aldi: Phone 132 534. 
N/A
Tyres Check the Recycling Near You website for options Commercial waste facility
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Vacuum cleaner dust

Red bin

Home compost bin

Vacuum cleaner dust is not allowed in the green (FOGO) bin. Find out more.
Vacuum cleaner

Household chemicals and e-waste drop off

Council clean up service

Vapes

Reusable vaping products (including cartridges, replacement pods and nicotine) are now accepted under the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) program. Ask your local pharmacy for more information.

Reusable vape batteries can be dropped off at a Community Recycling Centre or B-cycle

Single use vapes are not accepted at any of the above. The EPA and RUM program hope to provide safe alternatives soon.

Vegetable scraps

Green bin (FOGO)

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm 

Remove packaging first.

Only use Council-provided or AS4736 compostable liners (look for the seedling logo).

Video tapes

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Red bin

Visit the Business Recycling website for drop-off locations

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Washing machine
Council clean up service N/A
Waxed cardboard (e.g. fruit box) Red bin N/A
Wheelchair

TAD Australia

eBility

White goods excluding freezers, fridges, air conditioners Household chemical and e-waste drop-off N/A
Windows (frame and glass panes) Contact The Bower or Reverse Garbage N/A
Wood shavings – untreated Contact your local community garden N/A
Wood shavings – treated Commercial waste facility N/A
Wrapping paper Yellow bin N/A
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X-ray films Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Check with your radiologist as many medical imaging businesses collect X-rays.

RecycleSmart collect x-ray films

Search on Recycling Near You for other options in your area.

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Yoghurt containers Yellow bin Rinse lightly before recycling

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