Problem waste is items that should not be placed in your council-collected bins.
Some household products can cause harm to the environment and human health if they are placed in your kerbside bins. Problem waste includes e-waste (TVs, computers, laptops, gaming consoles, DVD players, printers, stereo systems, mobile phones, small electronics and accessories etc.), clothing & textiles, chemicals, batteries, cooking oils, paints, gas bottles, and fluorescent globes.
To dispose of problem waste, there is now a range of recycling options available. The collective waste is treated specifically to protect our environment while allowing valuable resources to be recovered and reused and recycled into new products.
A helpful directory on recycling in your area is recyclingnearyou.com.au
For e-waste collections in your area visit techcollect.com.au
Disposing of chemicals safety
Household chemical CleanOut events help you to dispose of a range of potentially hazardous household chemicals such as cleaning products and garden pesticides which could be harmful to human health and the environment if placed in your kerbside waste bins or poured down the drain.
Items such as paint, paint strippers, removers, solvents, cooking oils, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, pesticides and herbicides, poisons, motor fuels, and pool chemicals, plus fluorescent light globes and tubes, can be disposed of in CleanOut events. As a guide, individual container sizes must not exceed 20 litres or 20 kilograms.
CleanOut events are organised through NSW Department of Environment and Conservation NSW (epa.nsw.gov.au) to find out when a CleanOut event is taking place in your area, simply visit their website and enter your postcode. The service is free of charge for all NSW residents to dispose of household quantities of chemicals.
Disposing of household batteries
Household batteries can leach a range of heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead and mercury, into our environment if they are not disposed of responsibly. Household batteries include both single-use batteries (usually alkaline batteries with Zinc, Manganese or Lithium chemistry) and rechargeable batteries (usually Nickel-Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride or Lithium Ion), including those designed for laptops, power tools, cameras and other electronic equipment. There are a number of options to recycle household batteries safety such as:
- ALDI stores
- BatteryWorld Outlets
- Community Recycling Stations. For example, the City of Newcastle provides free community recycling stations.
A number of councils offer e-waste collections for their residents such as the City of Newcastle, Blacktown City Council and the City of Parramatta. E-waste includes items such as TVs, computers, laptops, gaming consoles, DVD players, printers, stereo systems, mobile phones, small electronics and accessories.
The City of Sydney offers a free e-waste collection service to residents. Residents have the option to book a collection or drop it off on one of the drop off days named Recycle it Saturday which is held quarterly.
Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre is a free service based in Artarmon that allows residents to drop off their problem waste that cannot go in kerbside bins. Residents of the following councils can use this service: Hunters Hill Council, Lane Cove Council, Mosman Council, North Sydney Council, Ryde City Council, Willoughby Council.
The Mobile Community Recycling Service is a free service for residents of Cumberland, Blacktown City Council, and City of Parramatta. The service aims to provide an easy and convenient way for residents to recycle or safely dispose of household problem wastes including gas bottles, fire extinguishers, paint, car batteries, household batteries, oils, fluoro lights, smoke detectors and electronic waste (E-waste). If you are a resident of one of these councils, you can book a free pick up for your problem or electrical waste by visiting their website and completing the form.
Waverley Council offers free year-round drop off locations and periodic events for e-waste items.
Other recycling options
Recycle Smart is a paid service that collects soft plastics, E-Waste, Clothing & textiles, and problem waste. How does it work? Simply fill a shopping bag or one of their bags with items on their pick up collection list, book a pickup, and place your bag outside your house on the pickup date. Recycle Smart charges $2 per bag. For more information visit recyclesmart.com
The Summerhill Waste Management Centre offers a free collection of e-waste and batteries from households. A maximum of 10 items per visit.
Kimbriki is a recycling centre owned by Northern Beaches Council and Mosman Council. Its aim is to divert as much waste as possible from landfill through recycling. Kimbriki offers free recycling of metal, paper & cardboard, batteries, e-waste, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, motor oil and paint to residents of these council areas. To find out more about Kimbriki visit their website.
Host a garage sale
Garage Sale Trail is an award-winning community engagement program that promotes and encourages reuse and waste avoidance in communities across Australia. More than 115 local councils support this initiative.
Donate unwanted household goods
Residents from numerous council areas can donate their unwanted goods to Bower Reuse and Repair Centres. Bower repairs goods and sells them back to the community at a low cost or gives them to people in need. You can request a free collection from Bower if you live in one of the following council areas: Bayside, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury Bankstown, City of Sydney, Cumberland, Georges River, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-Ring-Gai, Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney, Parramatta, Randwick, Ryde, Strathfield, Waverley, Willoughby, and Woollahra.
For information on what you can do with problem waste for your strata building, contact your local council.
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- Waverley Council – Building Futures
- Ku-ring-gai Council – Smart Units Rebates
- City of Sydney – Smart Green Apartments
- City of Sydney – Food Scraps Recycling Trial
- Lane Cove Council – Greener Apartments Program
- Canada Bay Council – Our Energy Future
- Randwick City Council – Community Sustainable
- North Sydney Council – Futureproofing Apartments
- City of Ryde – Home Waste and Sustainability Advisory Service