What should I do with my waste?

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Hornsby Shire residents are keen to reduce their waste and recycle. One of the most important things to remember is that plastic bags and soft packaging cannot be placed in your yellow recycling bin. These soft plastics get caught in machinery at the sorting facility.

Red Lid Garbage Bin

The following items CAN go in the red lid garbage bin:
  • Plastic bags and soft plastic packaging
  • Disposable coffee cups and lids
  • Non-recyclable packaging, eg meat trays and polystyrene
  • Food scraps, bones and meats
  • Nappies
  • Shredded paper
  • Small household items
  • Old clothes
  • Old toys and teddies
  • Small electrical appliances
The following items MUST NOT be put in the red lid garbage bin:

Yellow Lid Recycling Bin

The following items CAN go in the yellow lid recycling bin:
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Newspapers, books, magazines, junk mail and cardboard
  • Milk and juice cartons including tetra packs
  • Aluminium cans and clean foil
  • Steel cans, aerosol cans
  • All disposable plastic containers and bottles used in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry including food, beverage, shampoo and detergent containers, household cleaners
  • Used pizza boxes that don’t have any food in them
  • Rinsed takeaway containers
The following items MUST NOT be put in the yellow lid recycling bin:

Green Lid Green Waste Bin

The following items CAN go in the green lid green waste bin:
  • Grass clippings
  • Flowers and weeds
  • Prunings
  • Leaf litter
  • Twigs and small branches (up to 75mm in diameter)
The following items MUST NOT be put in the green lid green waste bin:

Compost Bin and Worm Farm

Compost bins
  • food scraps and garden waste
Worm farms
  • food scraps

For more detailed information please see the guides on Composting and worm farming

How can I make sure my bin is emptied?

  • Place your bin out the night before your collection day.
  • Do not overfill your bin and ensure that the lid is completely closed, or the truck may not be able to empty it. The bin should not weigh more than 70kg.
  • Do not place extra bags or bundles next to or on top of your bin, as they will not be collected.
  • Make sure the truck will be able to access your bins. Line them up along the kerb, facing the road, and space them about 30 centimetres apart. Avoid overhanging trees and parked cars.
  • Ensure your bin is Council-issued, with a Hornsby Shire Council logo on the front, and that the correct bin type is placed by the kerb for that week's collection.

Didn't find what you were looking for?

Click here to see an A to Z list of items, explaining what should be done with each of them.

If you still can’t find information about the item you want to dispose of, visit the Recycling Near You website.

Items that should not go in any bin

Batteries, light globes, mobile phones and ink cartridges contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment and should not be placed in any of your bins. Instead they should be dropped off to:

Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
29 Sefton Rd, Thornleigh
Tuesday to Fridays, 8.30am-4pm
Saturdays, 8.30am-12pm

List of battery collection points

Council Administration Building
(small houseshold batteries only) 
296 Pacific Highway, Hornsby
Phone (02) 9847 6666
Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm

Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre
29 Sefton Road Thornleigh
Phone (02) 9847 4856
Tuesday to Friday, 8.30am-4pm; Saturday 8.30am-12pm Closed Public Holidays.

Hornsby Library
28-44 George Street (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 Library
Corner Ramsay and Yarrara Roads, 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-5.30pm, Saturday 8am-5pm

All ALDI supermarket locations

For more information visit cleanup.org.au

Paint and other household chemicals

These can be flammable and should not be placed in any of your garbage bins. Instead they should be taken to:

EPA Chemical CleanOut Day

Your nearest Waste Management Centre may accept chemicals for a fee. For more information visit the SUEZ or phone 1300 651 116

What do I do with items that are too big for my bins?

Hornsby Shire Council carries out regular Bulky Waste Collections, when residents can place large items on their front lawn to be picked up. To find out more about these collections, click here.

Where is my nearest waste management centre?

Hornsby Shire Council does not own or operate any waste management centres, transfer stations, tips or landfills. However, there are a number of nearby facilities that can help you dispose of your waste. We recommend direct contact be made with the centre to check opening times, costs and accepted materials.

Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre Lanceley Place, Artarmon

Belrose Resource Recovery Centre Crozier Rd, Belrose

Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises Pty Ltd
Kimbriki Road, Terry Hills/ Ingleside

Ryde Resource Recovery Centre Wicks Road, North Ryde

Seven Hills Resource Recovery Centre Powers Road, Seven Hills