Community Recycling Centres

Residents can drop off their household problem waste at two Community Recycling Centres in the Inner West. 

Community Recycling Centre in Leichhardt 

Address: 50 - 54 Moore Street, Leichhardt
Opening Hours: Wednesday 7am – 1pm, Saturday and Sunday 7:45am to 11:30am, 1pm to 3:45pm

Community Recycling Centre in St Peters 

Address: 15-17 Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters (entry at rear, through Bolton Street)
Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8am – 1pm

Accepted items

  • Computer and TVs
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Paints
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Car and household batteries
  • Motor and cooking oil 
  • Smoke detectors

Only household quantities are accepted  - 20kg or 20 litre maximum container size. If item is leaking wrap in a plastic bag and place in a container. Please bring proof of residence.

Dangerous goods and other items other than those listed above will not be accepted.  You can drop those for free at one of the household chemical and e-waste drop off events in St Peters or at a Chemical CleanOut event

What will happen to the problem waste?

Paints - are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are recycled.

Gas bottles -  are retested, restamped and entered into the hire industry; damaged bottles are punctured and recycled as scrap metal; the residual gas is captured for reuse. 

Used oils - are processed to become a lubricant.

Lead acid batteries - are sent to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled

Fluorescent tubes and globes - they contain mercury. Recyclers crush the tubes to separate the phosphor powder from the glass. They feed the powder through receiving containers, where it is filtered to capture fugitive mercury emissions. The mercury is then separated by distillation and sold for a range of industrial uses. The remaining glass and metals are also recycled.

The Community Recycling Centres are an initiative of Inner West Council and the NSW EPA.

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Page last updated: 19 Sep 2019