Bulky Waste Collection
Your scheduled bulky waste collection is for large unwanted household items. Bulky Waste items go straight to landfill so should be a last resort disposal option. Small household items should be placed straight into your red lid garbage bin.
Hornsby Shire Council accepts mattresses through your kerbside bulky waste collection. These unwanted mattresses are taken to Mattress Recycle Australia (MRA) in Cootamundra, where the components such as steel, wood and fabric are separated for recycling.
The steel is recycled into new products, the wood is made into mulch, and the fabric is combined with crushed recycled glass to make high quality tiles. These tiles can be used for ceiling insulation, acoustic panelling or other decorative elements for new housing.
MRA is a not-for-profit organisation, giving meaningful work to those who need a pathway to employment, such as learning skills in manufacturing and truck driving.
More information on mattress recycling innovations:
Make Australia ‘make’ again, NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network, 25 May 2020
UNSW SMaRT& NSW Circular and Mirvac & Co’s collaboration on transforming the recycled materials into sustainable homewares, UNSW Sydney, School of Materials Science and Engineering, 14 December 2019
Important information about bulky waste collection
- Place items on the nature strip at the front of your property one day only before your scheduled collection.
- The maximum volume per collection is three cubic metres. If you exceed this amount you will be asked to remove it.
- Place metal items in a separate pile for recycling.
- Make sure items can be easily lifted by two people.
- Small items can go in your red lid garbage bin.
- E-waste such as computers and televisions should NOT be put out for collection. These items contain precious natural resources that can be recycled. Please take all e-waste to the Community Recycling Centre.
- Cardboard can be put into your yellow lid recycling bin or taken to a waste management centre or Community Recycling Centre.
- Residents of medium density units must place their materials in the designated collection area.
- Council has the right to refuse collection of any items.
Remember: Placing your bulky waste out front more than one day before your collection date is considered illegal dumping.
The following items CAN be put out for collection:
The following items WILL NOT be collected:|
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Facility Updates
29 January 2021 – It is now mandatory to sign in on the NSW Government COVID Safe QR Code app each time you visit our facilities.
In accordance with NSW Health’s Public Health Orders, as of midnight Friday 29 January 2021, face masks are strongly recommended for patrons attending Council's libraries and the Customer Service desks at Council Chambers and the Waste Management facility in Thornleigh. If you do not have a face mask, our friendly team will supply you with one free of charge. Patrons attending Hornsby Shire Aquatic & Leisure Centres and the Thornleigh Brickpit are not required to wear a mask. Further information is available on the NSW Health website here.
Council’s Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre (CRC) is open, under appropriate COVID-19 Controls.
The Waste Customer Service Counter is also open to the public, from 8.30am-4pm.
Public enquiries can be directed to Council’s Waste Hotline as normal.
Phone: 9847 4856
New Polystyrene Collection
You can now drop off Polystyrene at Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre.
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