Batteries, globes, mobile phones and ink cartridges

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Batteries, light globes, mobile phones and ink cartridges should not be disposed of in your red lid garbage bin. Instead, drop them off for recycling at:

Council's Waste Depot
29 Sefton Rd, Thornleigh
Tuesday to Fridays, 8:30am to 4pm,
Saturdays, 8:30am to 12pm,
Mondays & Tuesdays evenings - closed

Household and Car Batteries

Batteries are made up of non renewable heavy metals and other toxic elements, including nickel, cadmium, alkaline, manganese, lithium mercury, nickel metal hydride, and lead. Some of these can be recycled indefinitely and some elements can threaten our environment if not properly discarded and/or recycled.

Unfortunately, batteries which end up in landfill and incinerators leak into the environment, causing a serious health risk to humans and animals.

Australia does not currently have a national recycling scheme for non-rechargeable batteries. However Hornsby Council is leading the way by offering a recycling service to its residents for household and car batteries.

Car batteries can be taken to Council’s Waste Depot at 29 Sefton Road, Thornleigh.Household batteries can be taken to the following locations:

Council's Waste Depot
29 Sefton Rd, Thornleigh
Tuesday to Fridays, 8:30am to 4pm,
Saturdays, 8:30am to 12pm,
Mondays & Tuesdays evenings - closed

Council Administration Building
296 Pacific Hwy, Hornsby
Phone (02) 9847 6666
Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Hornsby Central Library
28-44 George St (Entrance in Hunter Lane), Hornsby
Phone (02) 9847 6813
Normal Library operating hours

Berowra Branch Library
Community Centre,The Gully Road, Berowra
Phone (02) 9847 6140
Normal Library operating hours

Galston Branch Library
357 Galston Road, Galston
Phone (02) 9847 6160
Normal Library operating hours

Pennant Hills Branch LibraryCnr. Ramsay & Yarrara Rds, Pennant Hills
Phone (02) 9847 6100 
Normal Library operating hours

Battery World Hornsby
Shop 3, 86 George Street, Hornsby
Phone (02) 9987 1877
Monday to Friday 8am to 5.30pm, Saturday 8am to 5pm

Car Batteries Australia
45 Pemberton St, Botany NSW 2019
Phone 02 9684 2751
Monday to Sunday: 6.30am to 8.30pm

For more locations visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au

For more information visit www.cleanup.org.au

Light globes and fluorescent tubes

Did you know that the mercury from one fluorescent tube can pollute 30,000 litres of water and make it unsafe to drink? The largest source of mercury pollution entering our environment is from fluorescent tubes in landfill. With currently less than 1% of fluorescent tubes recycled, 99% are going to landfill. Council is taking action against this potential environmental harm by offering a recycling service.

Please wrap your old fluorescent tubes and other household globes in paper (or keep them in their original box), and drop them off to:

Council's Waste Depot
29 Sefton Rd, Thornleigh
Tuesday to Fridays, 8:30am to 4pm,
Saturdays, 8:30am to 12pm,
Mondays & Tuesdays evenings - closed

Broken light globes and tubes cannot be recycled and therefore are not accepted at the Council’s waste depot. Broken items will need to be wrapped and placed in your red lid garbage bin.

For more locations visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au

Mobile phones

Mobile phones contain a variety of metals that are potentially hazardous to the environment and human health. Over 90% of materials in mobile phones are recyclable and can be reused in products such as stainless steel, plastic fence posts and jewellery.

Drop off unwanted mobile phones, phone batteries, chargers and accessories to:

Council's Waste Depot
29 Sefton Rd, Thornleigh
Tuesday to Fridays, 8:30am to 4pm,
Saturdays, 8:30am to 12pm,
Mondays & Tuesdays evenings - closed

Mobile phone retailers usually accept mobile phones for recycling. For other mobile phone recycling locations visit www.mobilemuster.com.au or www.recyclingnearyou.com.au.

Ink and Toner cartridges

Every printer cartridge contains plastics, foam, metal and inks and toners. By recycling them we can keep both valuable and potentially dangerous materials out of landfill. Since the launch of the Cartridge 4 Planet Ark campaign in 2003, over 14 million cartridges have been recycled. This represents a carbon saving of over 17,000 tonnes.

Drop of ink and toner cartridges to:

Council's Waste Depot
29 Sefton Rd, Thornleigh
Tuesday to Fridays, 8:30am to 4pm,
Saturdays, 8:30am to 12pm,
Mondays & Tuesdays evenings - closed
Before coming please take the toner cartridge out of the printer (as the two items are recycled separately)

For other recycling locations visit cartridges.planetark.org or www.recyclingnearyou.com.au.