A-Z waste and recycling guide

Not sure how to recycle or properly dispose of an unwanted item? This list should help you out.

If the item you wish to recycle is not listed below, visit the Recycling Near You website.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W X Y

A

Acids and alkalisChemical CleanOut
Aerosol cans (with contents)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
Aerosol cans (empty) Yellow lid recycling bin
Aluminium cans Yellow lid recycling bin, Return and Earn
Aluminium foil (clean) Yellow lid recycling bin
Aluminium foil (not clean) Red lid garbage bin
AsbestosWaste management centre
Ash (bagged) Red lid garbage bin, compost bin or worm farm

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B

Baits (rodent)Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
Baskets (eg washing baskets, plastic baskets, woven baskets) Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity
Bathroom basin, bath, cupboards, fittings Red lid garbage bin, Waste management centre
Bathroom waste (eg makeup remover pads, cotton balls, tissues, etc) Red lid garbage bin
Batteries (household use including rechargable)Thornleigh Community Recycling CentreBattery World, Aldi supermarkets, Council's LibrariesCouncil's administration building
Batteries (car and motorcycle)Thornleigh Community Recycling CentreBattery World, Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre, Repco
Batteries (mobile phone)Thornleigh Community Recycling CentreMobile muster
Bicycles Donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Biscuit packets Trays in yellow lid bin; Foil packets in red lid garbage bin; plastic packets to Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre for soft plastic recycling
Books Donate to charity, Second hand book store or sell, Yellow lid recycling bin
Bottle tops Red lid garbage bin
Bubble wrap (clean)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre for soft plastics recycling
Building materialsWaste management centre
Butane cans (empty) Yellow lid recycling bin
Butane cans (with contents)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre , Chemical Clean Out

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C

Cardboard (small)Yellow lid recycling bin
Cardboard (flattened boxes and large sheets)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre or Beaumont Road Mt Ku-ring-gai drop off point
Car parts/accessoriesWaste management centre, scrap metal recyclers
Carpet and underlay Small quantity for one room can go in Bulky Waste Collection
Large quantities can go to Waste management centre,
CD (discs)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
CD (covers) Red lild garbage bin
Floppy disks, cassette tapes, video tapes, laser disksRecycling Near You, Red lid garbage bin
Ceramics (including crockery) Red lid garbage bin
Chairs Donate to charity, Bulky Waste CollectionWaste management centre
ChemicalsChemical CleanOut
Christmas tree (live) Compost bin, Chipping day, Waste Management Centre, Green lid green waste bin (cut tree to fit in bin)
Christmas tree (plastic) Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Clothing and accessories Swap with friends, Donate to charity, Garbage bin
Coat hangers (plastic) Charity stores, Red lid garbage bin
Coat hangers (metal) Charity stores, return to dry cleaners, scrap metal recyclers
Coffee Cups (single-use) Red lid recycling bin
Coffee tins/cans Yellow lid recycling bin
Computer paper Yellow lid recycling bin
Computers and computer peripheralsThornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Recycling Near You
Computers (broken, smashed) Red lid garbage bin
ConcreteWaste management centre

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D

Disposable nappiesRed lid garbage bin
DoorsWaste management centre, donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
DVDs (discs)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
DVDs (covers) Red lild garbage bin

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E

Electrical appliances (eg toasters, kettles)Red lid garbage
Electronic (computers, TVs)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
Exercise equipment Donate to charity, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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F

Fabric Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
Fencing (any type)Waste management centre, Bulky waste collection (up to 1 metre lengths)
Flares (boating)Roads and Maritime Services
Fluorescent tubes and light globesThornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Chemical CleanOutWaste management centre
Fire extinguishers, FlaresThornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
FridgesWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection, scrap metal recyclers
Fruit and vegetable scraps (food waste)Compost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin
FuelsChemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
FungicidesChemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
Furniture (broken)Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Furniture (still in good condition)Donate to charity, The Bower

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G

Type the definition
Garden waste Green lid green waste bin, compost bin or worm farm, waste management centre, Council chipping days
Garbage (eg food waste, old clothes, household items) Red lid garbage bin
Garden hose and tools Red lid garbage bin, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection,
Garden ornamentsWaste management centre, Donate to charity, Red lid garbage bin
Gas bottlesThornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Chemical CleanOut
Garden chemicalsChemical CleanOut
Glass (cooking and food storage, window, glassware for drinking, sheets, shower screens) Red lid garbage bin, Waste management centre
Glass bottles and jars from food. Glass bottles for drinks Yellow lid recycling bin, Return and Earn
Glasses / spectacles Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
GutteringWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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H

Hazardous wasteChemical CleanOut
Heaters (oil)Chemical CleanOut
HerbicidesChemical CleanOut
Hot water systemsWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Household cleanersChemical CleanOut
Household cleaning product containers (empty) Yellow lid recycling bin

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I

Ice cream containers and lidsYellow lid recycling bin
Ink cartridgesThornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Australia Post, Recycling Near You
Insulation battsWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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J

Juice cartonsYellow lid recycling bin, Return and Earn
Junk mail Yellow lid recycling bin

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K

Kitty litter Red lid garbage bin
Kitchen cupboards and sinks, fittings and utencilsWaste management centre
Kitchen appliancesRed lid garbage bin, Waste management centre

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L

LatticeWaste management centre
Laundry tubs, cupboards and fittingsWaste management centre
Lawn mowersWaste management centre
Lids of bottles and jars Leave the lids on all plastic bottles (milk, juice, soft drink, etc.). These lids can be left on as you are recycling plastic with plastic. Please ensure these bottles are empty before you recycle them. However, with glass bottles and jars the lids should be removed as the lids are made with material that is different from the container. Lids separated from containers which are bigger than a 50 cent piece can be recycled in your yellow-lidded bin, while smaller lids should be placed in your red lid garbage bin
Light bulbsThornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Chemical CleanOut
Light - Christmas lightsRed lid garbage bin
LinoWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Linen (towels, sheets, cushions, blankets, etc) Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity if in good condition
LogsWaste management centre
Lunch boxes Red lid garbage bin

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M

MagazinesYellow lid recycling bin
MasoniteWaste management centre
MattressesWaste management centreBulky Waste Collection
Medicine bottles (empty) Yellow lid recycling bin
Medicines and medical supplies Return to participating hospitals and pharmacies
Microwave ovensBulky Waste Collection
Milk bottles and cartons Yellow lid recycling bin
MirrorsWaste management centre, Red lid garbage bin

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N

Needles and syringesTake to participating pharmacies and hospitals
NewspapersYellow lid recycling bin

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O

Office paperYellow lid recycling bin
Oil (motor and lubricants)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
Oil (cooking) Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Waste management centre, Red lid garbage bin, soak up with paper towel and put in to compost bin
Oil (empty containers) Red lid garbage
Ornaments (eg garden or household) Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity if in good condition

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P

Paint tins (liquid  or hardened paint)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
Paint tins (empty)Remove lids and place in red lid garbage bin
Paint tins (with lids that can't be removed, with or without contents)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
PalletsWaste management centre
Paper Yellow lid recycling bin
Paper (shredded) Compost bin or Red lid garbage bin
Paper towel (used) Compost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin
Pens and pencils Red lid garbage bin
PerspexWaste management centre
PesticidesChemical CleanOut
PetrolChemical CleanOut
Picture frames Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
Pizza boxes (empty) Yellow lid recycling bin
Pizza boxes (with food) Red lid garbage bin
PlasterboardWaste management centre
Plastic disposable containers from the kitchen Yellow lid recycling bin
Plastic disposable containers from the laundry Yellow lid recycling bin
Plastic disposable containers from the bathroom Yellow lid recycling bin
Plastic drink containers Yellow lid garbage bin, Return and Earn
Plastic plant pots Red lid garbage bin
Plastic plates, cups, knives, forks Red lid garbage bin
Plastic pipes, PVC plumbing Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Plastic storage containers (Tupperware, crates) Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Plastic bags (soft and clean) Return to supermarket, Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Red lid garbage bin
Plastic wrapping / packaging (soft and clean) Return to supermarket, Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Red lid garbage bin
Plastic bags and packaging (containing food remnants) Red lid garbage bin
Plastic strapping Red lid garbage  bin
PoisonsChemical CleanOut
Polystyrene Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Porcelain / pottery Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity
Pool chemicalsChemical CleanOut
Pool covers Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Pots and pans Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Waste management centre, Donate to charity
Pyrex (glass ovenware) Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity

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R

RadiosDonate to charity (if still working), Waste management centre, Red lid garbage bin
Records (vinyl)Donate to charity, sell, Red lid garbage bin,
RocksWaste management centre
Roof tilesWaste management centre
Rubber inner tubesBulky Waste Collection, Waste management centre
Renovation materialWaste management centre

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S

Sand / soilWaste management centre
Sawdust Compost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin (bagged)
Seedling containers and garden pots Red lid garbage bin
Shoes Red lid garbage bin, donate to charity
Shredded paper Compost bin, Red lid garbage bin, pet shop
Smoke alarms (with batteries removed)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Red lid garbage  bin, Chemical CleanOut
SolventsChemical CleanOut
Sporting goods, exercise equipment Red lid garbage bin, donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Spray cans (with contents)Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
Spray cans (empty)Yellow lid garbage  bin
Stationary (pens, etc)Red lid garbage  bin
Steel cans Yellow lid recycling bin
Stereo equipment and speakersDonate to charity (if still working), Red lid garbage bin, Waste management centre
StyrofoamRecycling Near You, garbage bin
Syringes and needles Take to participating pharmacies and hospitals

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T

Take away food containers (not polystyrene) Yellow lid recycling  bin
Tarpaulins Red lid garbage bin, Waste management centre
Tea bags Compost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin
Telephone books Yellow lid recycling bin
TelevisionsThornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Donate to charity, Waste management centre
Televisions (broken, smashed) Red lid garbage bin
Thermometers Red lid garbage bin
TimberWaste management centre
Tin cans Yellow lid recycling bin
Tissues/toilet paper Red lid garbage bin
ToiletsWaste management centre
Toner printer cartridgesThornleigh Community Recycling Centre, Recycling Near You
ToolsBulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity, Garbage bin
Toys Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
Tree trunks / stumpsWaste management centre
Tyres and wheelsWaste management centre

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V

Vacuum cleaner dust Compost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin (bagged)
Video tapes Donate to charity, Recycling Near You, Red lid garbage bin
Vinyl Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection

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Washing machinesBulky Waste Collection, Waste management centre, scrap metal recycler
Waxed cardboard Red lid garbage bin
Wheel barrows Donate to charity, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
White goodsBulky Waste Collection, Waste management centre, Scrap metal recyclers
Window frames (no glass)Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Window panes (glass)Waste management centre, Red lid garbage bin
Wine bladders (all types) Red lid garbage
Wire Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection

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X

XraysRecycling Near YouRed lid garbage bin

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