A-Z: What goes where?

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

Post on your local Facebook group, 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:

Remember to take responsibility for what you donate

Council bins

Red bin – Garbage
Yellow bin – Recycling
Blue bin – Paper and cardboard recycling (certain suburbs only)
Green bin – Garden organics
Burgundy bin – Food waste (eligible apartment blocks only)

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
A
Aerosol cans

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off 

Community Recycling Centre

Yellow bin

Empty cans: Yellow bin

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

Red bin

Cans, containers, trays, clean foil: Yellow bin

Dirty foil: Red bin

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

Asbestos Visit the EPA website to find facilities that accept household asbestos
B
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

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

Biodegradable plastic Red bin
Some biodegradable/compostable plastics break down in home composts, some only break down in commercial composters. Check with the manufacturer
Books 

Blue bin (if you have one)

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, metal: Yellow bin

Broken: Wrap in newspaper or similar 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 garden organics bin.

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

Foil-lined - Red bin

Non-foil -Yellow bin or Blue bin if you have one

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

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

Blue bin (if you have one)

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

CDs, DVDs, cassettes, video tapes, cases

Community Recycling Centre

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

Red bin

Business Recycling website - Video and audio tapes

Business Recycling website - CD & DVDs including cases

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. 

The 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.

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 Red 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

D
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 collection

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
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

E
Egg cartons

Compost bin

Yellow bin

Blue bin (if you have one)

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 service - 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

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

Blue bin (if you have one)

Includes envelopes with a plastic window face

Padded paper envelopes go in the Yellow bin

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

Eyewear/glasses/spectacles Red bin
Refer to the Recycling Near You website.
F
Fabric
Red bin

See 'clothing and textiles' on this list

Reverse Garbage

Large amounts: The Sewing Basket run 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 website 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.

Check the Recycling Near You website

Food scraps

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm

Red bin

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

Post on Gumtree, Facebook, Freecycle

Donate to charity/op shop

IKEA furniture buy-back service

G
Garage door – metal, damaged

Check 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

Compost bin or worm farm

Don't overfill your green bin - for excess branches, use the council clean up service
Garden tools and equipment (unpowered) Council clean up service - metal and whitegoods

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

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

Usable items can be donated to the 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

Reverse Garbage

Donate to a local food co-op 

Glossy paper, card, magazine

Yellow bin

Blue bin if you have one

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

Green bin

Compost bin or worm farm

H
Hair foils (with hair dye)
Red bin
Hard plastic, e.g. bike helmet
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

ElectricHousehold 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 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 The BowerFreecycle

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
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

Compost bin or worm farm

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

Blue bin if you have one – if not, 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
Meat trays (plastic, all colours) Yellow bin N/A
Meat trays (compostable and polystyrene) Red bin N/A
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 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 Mobile Muster website

RecycleSmart collect mobile phones and batteries

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

Blue bin (if you have one)

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.

RecycleSmart collect white polystrene

Red bin

Packaging (corn starch stuffing)
Compost bin Red bin
Packaging (soft): foil-lined
Red bin
N/A
Paint tints - full

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

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 tints – empty or dried-out Council clean up or Community Recycling Centre Red bin
Paper and cardboard

Blue bin (if you have one)

Yellow bin

Did you know...? 
Shredded paper shouldn't go loose in your bin. Place it in a cardboard box, paper bag or bundle it into sheets of newspaper.
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) Blue bin if you have one.
If not, 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 BowerReverse 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

Soft plastics drop-off at a local supermarket (find your nearest store)

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 have paused their collection of these items.
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) Red bin N/A
Plastic food trays (meat) Yellow bin N/A
Plastic-lined food wrapping

Soft plastics drop-off at a local supermarket (find your nearest store)

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 have paused their collection of these items.
Plastic netting (e.g. fruit netting)

Soft plastics drop-off at a local supermarket (find your nearest store)

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 have paused their collection of these items.
Plastic storage containers (e.g. Tupperware) Donate to charity Red bin
Plastic takeaway containers (no leftover food) Yellow bin N/A
Plastic toys Donate to charity, Freecycle

RecycleSmart collect plastic toys in sellable condition

Red bin

Plastic wraps, films and ziplock bags

Soft plastics drop-off at a local supermarket (find your nearest store)

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 have paused their collection of these materials.
Plasticised foil wrap (e.g. tea bag wrapping) Red bin N/A
Pottery/porcelain Donate to charity Red bin
Pots and pans (aluminium or steel) Donate to charity, Freecycle Council clean up service
Poisons, pesticides and herbicides Household chemical and e-waste drop-off N/A
Polystyrene (also known as foam)

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.

Check the Recycling Near You website

Red bin

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

For metal or stainless steel: Metal and whitegoods

For plastic: Bulky household items and furniture

 Check the Reycling Near You website
Radios

Household chemical and e-waste drop-off

The BowerFreecycleGumtree
Razors Red bin N/A
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 have paused their collection of these materials.

Check the Recycling Near You website

Rugs, carpets, underlay Council clean up service

Contact The BowerReverse 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 Reverse Garbage Council clean up service
Shoes Donate to charity

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

TreadLightly recycle sport and active lifestyle footwear.

Red bin

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

Soft plastics drop-off at a local supermarket (find your nearest store)

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 have paused their collection of these materials.

Red bin

Soil and rocks Commercial waste facility N/A
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 Freecycle Council clean up service
Straws (plastic) Red bin N/A
Styrofoam (otherwise known as ‘foam’) or expanded polystyrene – EPS)

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 for recycling.

Check the Recycling Near You website

Red bin

T
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

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm

Red bin



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

Wastewood

Among The Trees

Visit the Business Recycling website

Tissues and napkins Red bin N/A
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
V
Vacuum cleaner dust

Red bin

Compost bin


Vacuum cleaner Household chemicals and e-waste drop off  Council Clean Up
 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

Burgundy bin (in eligible apartment blocks)

Compost bin or worm farm


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 Blue bin if you have one – if not, 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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