A-Z: What goes where?

There are many options to dispose of unwanted items; it often doesn't have to go in to your garbage or recycling bin. Use this A-Z overview to find your item and the different possibilities to discard it.

Legend

Red bin – Garbage
Yellow bin – Recycling (note: if your household has a blue bin, the yellow bin is for containers such as cans, plastic and glass)
Blue bin – Paper and cardboard (certain suburbs only)
Green bin – Green waste and garden organics
Burgundy bin – Food waste (some suburbs only)

A

Item Preferred Alternative
Aerosol cans (empty)
Yellow bin

Recycling tip: aerosol cans need to be emptied before placing them in the bin.
N/A
Aerosol cans (not empty) Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre N/A
Air conditioner, portable Council clean up service - metal and whitegoods N/A
Air freshener (cans, spray bottles, plug-in and refills)
Terracycle collection - check website for locations   Red bin
Aluminium cans Drink containers can be recycled at a Return and Earn recycling station.

Did you know...? 
Aluminium is 100% recyclable. Recycling involves melting the scrap, a process that requires only 5% of the energy used to produce aluminium from ore.
Yellow bin 
Aluminium foil (clean, scrunched to tennis ball size)  Yellow bin

Did you know...?
Aluminium is non-magnetic. 
 N/A
Aluminium foil (dirty)  Red bin  N/A
Aluminium tray  Yellow bin

Did you know...?
Almost all metallic aluminium is produced from the ore bauxite.
 N/A
 Asbestos  Visit the EPA website to find facilities that accept household asbestos.  N/A

B

Item Preferred Alternative
Barbecues
Council clean up service - metal and whitegoods. N/A
Batteries (single use and rechargeable) Drop them off at Council's Petersham Customer Service Centre, the Community Recycling Centre, our household drop-off events, IKEA, Aldi stores or visit the Recycling Near You website for more options.
N/A
Batteries (car) Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre
N/A
Batteries (mobile phone)
Visit the Mobile Muster website, drop them off at Council's Customer Service Centre at 2–14 Fisher Street, Petersham, at the Community Recycling Centre or at the next Household chemical and e-waste drop-off. Visit the Recycling Near You website for more options.
N/A
Beauty products (unopened) The Beauty Bank - social enterprise N/A
Bicycles The Bower or Cycle Re-cycle Council clean up service
Biodegradable plastic Red bin

Did you know...? 
Biodegradable plastics require specific conditions to biodegrade properly, and if not managed properly they may be worse for the environment than conventional plastics.
 N/A
Biscuit trays (moulded plastic)  Red bin
 N/A
Books (paper cover) Donate to charity, FreecycleThe Bower
Blue bin if you have one.
If not, Yellow bin 
Books (plastic cover) Donate to charity, FreecycleThe Bower. If not suitable for donation, pull the cover off and recycle pages.  Red bin 
Bottles (glass or plastic) 

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

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

Yellow bin 
Bottle caps (plastic or metal)  See Bottles above  N/A
Branches and prunings  Green bin or Council clean up service  N/A
Bricks  Contact The BowerReverse Garbage (concrete-free bricks only) or contact a commercial waste facility.
Alternatively, post on BuildbitsFreecycle or Gumtree 
Visit the Business Recycling website  
Bric-a-brac  Donate to charity, Freecycle or The Bower Council clean up service 
Brooms  Upcycling  Red bin 
Bubble wrap  Soft plastics drop-off (Red Group/Coles) or refer to the Recycling Near You website.   N/A
Building materials  Refer to each specific item: brickstilesdoorsdoor handleswindowsfencingmetal framescarpet and underlayconcreteinsulationfireplaceplasterboardsand  N/A

C

Item Preferred Alternative
Candle (paraffin wax or soy/bee wax)
Recycle at home (visit this page to find out how) Red bin
Cameras Donate to charity, Freecycle
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Cardboard Blue bin if you have one.
If not, Yellow bin
For excess cardboard drop off at VISY, 6/8-10 Burrows Road, St Peters. Phone 02 9316 4343.
N/A
Cardboard (waxed)  Red bin  N/A
Car parts
Refer to the Recycling Near You website
N/A
Carpet, rugs and underlay Contact The BowerReverse Garbage or a commercial waste facility for disposal. Visit the Business Recycling website for more ideas.
Council clean up service
Cartridges (ink) 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.
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Cassette tapes
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
 N/A
CDs & DVDs Refer to the Recycling Near You website or drop off at our Household chemical and e-waste drop-off. For commercial quantities, donate to a charity shop.
Red bin 
CD cases Red bin
N/A
Cellophane Red bin N/A
Chemicals (household, garden and pool)  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off  N/A
Christmas tree (real)  Check our information on the garden organics page  N/A 
Cigarette butts  Red bin  N/A 
Cleaning products  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off  N/A 
Cling wrap  Red bin   N/A 
Clothing and textiles, reusable  Donate to charity or op shop - watch this video how to donate ethically, Dress for SuccessThe Bower, place on Freecycle or bring to H&M or Zara they have clothes recycling bins in their stores. Some companies even offer a clothing collection from your home.   Red bin  
Clothing and textiles, beyond reuse  Tear up for cleaning cloths or cushion stuffing or bring to H&M, they make cleaning rags or insulation out of them.  Red bin   
Coat hangers (plastic)  Give away online (if in good condition)  N/A
Coat hangers (metal) Offer to give them to your local laundry or dry cleaner  N/A
Coffee cups (paper)  Red bin 

Did you know...? 
Paper coffee cups are lined up with petroleum-based plastic materials and contaminate the paper recycling stream. Try using a reusable coffee cup instead! 
N/A
Coffee cup lids (plastic)  Red bin  Red bin 
Coffee pods (Nescafé Dolce Gusto only)  Drop them off at a Terracycle collection point
Red bin 
Coffee pods (Nespresso only) Drop them off at a Nespresso store  Red bin 
Coffee pods (Non-Nespresso brands) Pods are too small to be recovered by most materials recovery facilities and cannot be placed in the recycling bin.  Red bin 
Compostable plastic
Compost bin, domestic or communal  Red bin 
Compact fluorescent light bulbs  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre   N/A
Composite packaging e.g. Pringles container  Red bin 

Did you know...? 
Composite packaging is a mix of materials such as plastic, foil, cardboard and tin. 
 N/A
Computer and computer parts  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Officeworks stores.

Did you know...? E-waste recycling is funded by industry and regulated by the Commonwealth government under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 to ensure the safe recycling of hazardous e-waste. 
Refer to the Recycling Near You website. 
Concrete  Visit the Business Recycling website  Commercial waste facility 
Construction and demolition  See Building materials above N/A
Contact lenses and cases  Drop off at Terracycle Red bin  
Cooking oil (left over) Small amountsRed bin. Pour into a container of absorbent material (e.g. shredded toilet rolls, paper, tissues, egg cartons etc) to absorb the liquid and prevent leaks when compacted in the truck and keep the bin clean. Liquid is not to be placed in the Red bin in a container or bag. Alternatively, tip a small amount into a compost bin or garden soil.
Large amounts: Store in container and drop it off at the Community Recycling Centre or the next Chemical Clean Out event 
N/A
Corks  Drop them off at Council's Petersham Customer Service Centre, Reverse Garbage or refer to the Recycling Near You website for other options.  N/A
Crockery Donate to charity, Freecycle
If broken, wrap in newspaper and place in the garbage bin. 
N/A
Cups (ceramic) Donate to charity  Red bin  
Cutlery, disposable (plastic)  Red bin
If you're having a party, consider asking guests to bring their own reusable cutlery. Next best option? Search for and purchase eco-friendly disposable products. 
N/A 
Cutlery (metal) 
Donate to charity  Red bin   

D

Item Preferred Alternative
Dental floss containers
Terracycle collection - check website for locations Red bin
Detergents Household chemical and e-waste drop-off N/A
Directory, phone Opt out online or call 1800 008 292.
Blue bin if you have one.
If not, Yellow bin
Dishwashing tablets flexible packaging (including snap lock and zip locks)
Terracycle collection - check website for locations  Red bin 
Doors  Contact The Bower or Reverse Garbage or post on Freecycle, Gumtree or other online swap and sell platforms. Visit the Business Recycling website for more suggestions
N/A 
Door handles  Contact The Bower or Reverse Garbage or post on Freecycle, Gumtree or other online swap and sell platforms.
N/A 
Drinking glasses  Donate to charity Red bin 
Drinking glasses (broken) – wrapped  Red bin. Wrapped. The quality of glass is different to glass drinking bottles and can't be recycled - it contaminates the glass bottle recycling.   N/A
Dryer, clothes  Council clean up service   N/A
Dust (bagged)  Compost bin or worm farm  Red bin 
DVD case  Red bin   N/A

E

Item Preferred Alternative
Egg cartons
Compost bin
Blue bin if you have one.
If not, Yellow bin
Elastic bands (natural or synthetic rubber) Red bin N/A
Electrical appliances Donate to charity, The Bower, or refer to the Recycling Near You website.
Council clean up service
Electronic waste e.g. computers, TVs, speakers.
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or refer to the Recycling Near Youwebsite.
N/A
Engine oil  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre
N/A 
Envelopes (including window envelopes)  Blue bin if you have one – if not, Yellow bin
N/A 
Eyewear/glasses Donate to charity, OPSM, or refer to the Recycling Near You website.
Red bin 

F

Item Preferred Alternative
Fabric cut-outs
The Smith Family clothes recycling, Reverse Garbage Red bin
Fabrics, larger amounts
Your local op shop or The Sewing Basket run by Achieve Australia Red bin
Fencing Contact The Bower 
Council clean up service
Fibro (asbestos cement sheet)
Visit the Recycling Near You website to find a disposal service.
EPA website: Facilities that accept household asbestos
Fire extinguishers Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre
N/A
Fireplace (metal grate) Contact The Bower or Reverse Garbage or visit the Business Recycling website for more ideas.
N/A
Fireplace (timber mantelpiece)  Contact The Bower or Reverse Garbage or or post on Freecycle, Gumtree or another swap and sell online platform Council clean up service 
Flare (marine)  Regular collection through Roads and Maritime Services. Check RMS website for dates.
N/A 
Floss containers  Terracycle collection - check website for locations  Red bin 
Flower pots – plastic  Marrickville Community NurseryFreecycle, or see Pinterest for inspiration on the creative reuse of flower pots.
Red bin 
Flower pots – pottery, terracotta, etc.  Marrickville Community NurseryFreecycle, or see Pinterest for inspiration on the creative reuse of flower pots.
Red bin 
Foam (i.e. expanded polystyrene or EPS)  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.  Check the Recycling Near You website
Red bin 
Food scraps/waste (veg and fruit)  Compost bin or worm farm  Red bin 
Food cans/tins (aluminium or steel). Lightly washed  Yellow bin

Did you know...? 
Aluminium is non-magnetic, while iron is magnetic. Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon and is therefore magnetic. Stainless steel is sometimes magnetic. 
 N/A
Fridges  Freecycle   Council clean up service
Fruit and vegetable containers (plastic)  Yellow bin  N/A
Fruit and vegetable scraps  Compost bin or worm farm  Red bin
Fuels e.g. petrol, firestarters, methylated spirits  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off  N/A
Fur (vintage or old)

Donate to wildlife rescue group or Snuggle Coats. Or bring to your local op shop for reuse

Tip: 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’.

Red bin  
Furniture (e.g. tables, chairs, desks, beds, etc)  Donate to charity, Freecycle; Reusable IKEA furniture - IKEA Tempe   Council clean up service 

G

Item Preferred Alternative
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 or, for excess branches, use the Council clean up service
 N/A
Garden tools and equipment (unpowered) Donate to charity, Freecycle Council clean up service
Garden tools and equipment (powered) Donate to charity, Freecycle  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Gas bottles/cylinders Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre
 N/A
Glass bottles Drink containers can be recycled at a Return and Earn recycling station.  Yellow bin
Glass jars  Reverse Garbage or check with a food coop  Yellow bin
Glass (drinking, Pyrex)  Donate to charity, Freecycle  Red bin
Glass (broken) – wrapped  Red bin  N/A
Glass (laminated and window)  Contact a commercial waste facility or refer to the Recycling Near You website.  N/A
Glasses (sight and reading) Donate to charity, OPSM, or refer to the Recycling Near You website. Red bin
Glossy paper, card, magazine  Blue bin if you have one – if not, Yellow binDo the tearing test. If you can tear it, you can recycle it.
Red bin
Grass clippings Green bin or compost bin N/A
Green waste (bulky and untied) Contact Suez on 1300 651 116  N/A

H

Item Preferred Alternative
Hair foils (with hair dye)
Red bin N/A
Hard plastic, e.g. bike helmet
Red bin – hard plastic breaks into shards and is not recyclable.
N/A
Hazardous waste Household chemical and e-waste drop-of N/A
Heaters (gas or electric) Donate to charity, Freecycle  Council clean up service
Heaters (oil) Household chemical and e-waste drop-off Council clean up service
Household appliances (metal) e.g. toaster Donate The BowerFreecycle
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Council clean up service
Household cleaners and solvents Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
N/A

I

Item Preferred Alternative
Ice cream container (plastic)
Yellow bin
N/A
Incandescent light bulbs
Red bin – wrap in newspaper first
N/A
Insulation Contact a commercial waste facility
Visit the Business Recycling website

J

Item Preferred Alternative
Juice cartons (fresh – no foil-lining)
Blue bin if you have one – if not, Yellow bin
N/A
Juice cartons (long-life – with foil lining)
Yellow bin 
N/A
Junk mail Contact Council and ask for a 'No advertising material' sticker
Blue bin if you have one – if not, Yellow bin. Please remove any soft plastic wrapping

K

Item Preferred Alternative
Kitty litter or pet poo
Red bin
N/A
Knitting and haberdashery
The Sewing Basket run by Achieve Australia or your local op shop
Red bin

L

Item Preferred Alternative
Lanyards
Red bin
N/A
Laptops
Donate to charity
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Lawn clippings  Green bin or compost bin N/A 
Lever arch folders  Try donating them  Red bin 
Lids of take-away cups (plastic)  Yellow bin – up to 20 lids can be stacked together.  Red bin 
Light globes/bulbs – incandescent  Red bin – wrap in newspaper first.  N/A
Light bulbs/tubes – fluorescent  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre  Red bin 
Long-life liquid containers (foil lined)  Yellow bin   N/A 

M

Item Preferred Alternative
Magazines
Donate to charity
Blue bin if you have one – if not, Yellow bin 
Mailing satchels (Australia Post plastic satchel)
Recycle through RedCycle bins at your local supermarket.
Red bin
Mattresses Council's Weekend Transfer Station  Council clean up service 
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. N/A
Mercury  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or contact Toxfree on 1300 869 373 N/A
Metals (toolboxes and similar) Freecycle Council clean up service
Metal frames (e.g. bed)  Donate through Freecycle or Gumtree  Council clean up service
Metal poles  Post on Buildbits  Commercial waste facility 
Metal rods, etc.  Red bin  N/A
Microwave oven (not in working order)  Council clean up service
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
N/A
Microwave oven, in working order  Donate to charity, Freecycle  Council clean up service 
Microwave dish/container (composite plastics)  Red bin  N/A
Milk/juice bottles  Yellow bin N/A
Milk/juice carton (fresh – not foil-lined)  Blue bin if you have one – if not, Yellow bin  N/A
Milk/juice cartons (long-life – foil lined)  Yellow bin   N/A
Milk crates  Call Dairy Farmers on 1800 000 570  N/A
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  Visit the Mobile Muster website, drop them off at Council's Customer Service Centre at 2–14 Fisher Street, Petersham, at the Community Recycling Centre, at the next Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or refer to the Recycling Near You website for more options.  N/A
Mops  Upcycling  Red bin
Motor oil  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off  or Community Recycling Centre  N/A

N

Item Preferred Alternative
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 participating pharmacy.

You can find them by searching for your suburb on the Safe Sharps website

N/A
Newspaper Compost bin Blue bin or Yellow bin

O

Item Preferred Alternative
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
Oil heaters Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
Council clean up service

P

Item Preferred Alternative
Packaging (foam)
Avoid it in the first place.
If it comes as packaging, ask the retailer to recycle it for you.
Red bin
Packaging (corn starch stuffing)
Compost bin Red bin
Packaging (soft): foil-lined
Red bin
N/A
Paint tints - full  Advertise on a local buy/sell/swap forum e.g.Facebook Marketplace or ‘Street Bounty’  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre
Paint and solvents - half empty  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre  N/A
Paint tints – empty or dried-out  Council clean up or Community Recycling Centre  Red bin
Paper and cardboard 

Blue bin if you have one.
If not, 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.

N/A 
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. 
N/A 
Pens and pencils  Donate to charity  Red bin
Pet food cans  Yellow bin  N/A
Pet poo/kitty litter  Red bin   N/A
Pillows and cushions (beyond reuse) Natural fibre fill  Add fill to compost bin  Red bin 
Pillows and cushions (beyond reuse) synthetic fill  Discard cover, pull out fill and reuse  Red bin
Pipes (plastic)  Post on Buildbits 
Commercial waste facility
Pizza boxes (with no leftover food)  Blue bin if you have one.
If not, Yellow bin 
N/A 
Phone book/directory  Opt out online or call 1800 008 292   Blue bin if you have one.
If not, Yellow bin
Plant pots (plastic)  The Bower or take to a local community garden.  N/A
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 N/A
Plastic bottles 

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

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

Yellow bin
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) Red bin
Plastic netting (e.g. fruit netting)  Soft plastics drop-off at a local supermarket (find your nearest store Red bin
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  Red bin 
Plastic wraps, films and ziplock bags  Soft plastics drop-off at a local supermarket (find your nearest store Red bin 
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. Drop-off facilities are rare in the local area, check the Recycling Near You website Red bin 
Pringles containers (composite materials)  Red bin  N/A 
Printer cartridges  Officeworks and JB Hi-Fi stores, Australia Post, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, The Good Guys, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets.  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off 
Pyrex (ovenware)  Donate to charity, Freecycle  Red bin 

R

Item Preferred Alternative
Radios
The BowerFreecycleGumtree Household chemical and e-waste drop-off 
Razors Red bin  N/A 
Records (vinyl) Donate to local radio station, a second hand shop or post on& Freecycle.   Red bin 
Refrigerators  Freecycle  Council clean up service 
Reusable shopping bags  Check the Recycling Near You website  Red bin 
Ring binders (plastic)  Try donating them  Red bin 
Ring binders (cardboard)  Try donating them  Red bin 
Rugs, carpets, underlay   Contact The BowerReverse Garbage or a commercial waste facility for disposal. Visit the Business Recycling website for more ideas.  Council clean up service 

S

Item Preferred Alternative
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 participating pharmacy.

You can find them by searching 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
Red bin
Smoke alarms/detectors Household chemical and e-waste drop-off or Community Recycling Centre
N/A 
Soft plastic packaging   Soft plastics drop-off at a local supermarket (find your nearest store 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. Drop-off facilities are rare in the local area, check the Recycling Near You website Red bin 

T

Item Preferred Alternative
Take away food containers (no leftover food) Yellow bin   N/A
Tapes (VHS and cassette)  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off   N/A
Tea bags  Compost bin  Red bin 
Telephones  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off  N/A
Televisions, not working
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off  Council clean up service 
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  Visit the Business Recycling website  N/A
Tissues and napkins  Red bin   N/A
Toner cartridges
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. 
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off 
Toaster  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off  N/A
Tools (metal)  Donate to charity, Freecycle  Council clean up service 
Tools (powered)  Household chemical and e-waste drop-off
N/A
Toothbrushes  Terracycle collection (check website for locations) – or reuse it as a grout scrubber.  Red bin 
Toothpaste tubes and caps  Terracycle collection (check website for locations)  Red bin 
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 

U

V

Item Preferred Alternative
Vacuum cleaner dust Compost bin Red bin 
Vegetable scraps  Compost bin  Red bin
Video tapes  Visit the Business Recycling website for drop-off locations, or take them to Council's next Household chemical and e-waste drop-off  Red bin 

W

Item Preferred Alternative
Washing machines
Council clean up service  N/A
Waxed cardboard (e.g. fruit box)  Red bin  N/A
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 or post on Buildbits  N/A 
Windows (glass)  See 'Glass' (laminated and window)  Commercial waste facility 
Wire coat hangers  Offer to give them to your local laundry or dry cleaner  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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Item Preferred Alternative
X-ray films

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

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

 
Household chemical and e-waste drop-off 

Y

Item Preferred Alternative
Yoghurt containers (clean) Yellow bin   N/A

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