Options for Unwanted Items

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Hold a garage sale

Garage sales are a great way for you to make some extra money, meet your neighbours and reuse valuable resources.

Sell online

You could consider selling second hand items online at:

The Bower Collection and Rehoming Service

The Bower is an award-winning environmental not-for-profit that is committed to reuse and reducing landfill. They have agreements with over 20 Sydney metropolitan councils to collect unwanted household goods and rehome them.

Acceptable items include electronic appliances, furniture, kitchenware, clothing, books, doors and windows, timber, plumbing, gardening, hardware and tools, bric-a-brac, boxed tiles and pavers, bikes and parts, paint, whitegoods, sports and leisure goods. Hornsby Shire residents can organise a free pick up, for more information go to


Not-for-profit charity stores may accept your wearable unwanted items, please contact them prior to donating. For a list of charity stores in the Hornsby Shire please see the Guide to local charity stores in Hornsby.

Bulky Waste Collection

Your bulky waste collection is for large unwanted household items. These items go straight to landfill, so it should be a last resort disposal option.

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.

Waste Hotline

Phone: 9847 4856

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Waste & Recycling Enquiries
Please call the Waste Hotline on
9847 4856
Monday – Friday 8.30am - 5pm

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New Polystyrene Collection

You can now drop off Polystyrene at Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre.

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Waste Matters

View the Waste Strategy

Waste and Recycling Videos

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Get some tips and advice on what you can do to recycle right.

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