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    Aerosol cans

    Empty Aerosol cans are 100% recyclable. Please place empty aerosol cans into your yellow-lidded recycling bin (Please remove the plastic cap and place this in your red-lidded residual waste bin).

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    Aluminium cans
    Recycle

    Aluminium cans are recyclable - please place them into your yellow-lidded recycling bin. It is best to squash cans before placing them in the yellow-lidded recycling bin to reduce the amount of space they take up.

    Sell

    Aluminium cans can also be recycled at most scrap metal recyclers

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    Asbestos

    Asbestos can NEVER be disposed of in your household bins, street litter bins, skip bins, council clean-ups, alongside roads or down drains. Asbestos can ONLY be disposed of at licensed facilities. For a list of licensed facilities that can accept asbestos, visit EPA’s List of Licensed Asbestos Facilities

    There is NO safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres. If you are removing asbestos yourself you must familiarise yourself with the removal restrictions, disposal procedures and safety precautions, otherwise you risk exposing yourself and your family to long-term health risks.

    For more information on asbestos, please visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au

    Visit WorkCover to view a full list of licensed contractors

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    Batteries
    Battery Drop Off at Chemical drop-off Days

    Council hosts a Chemical Drop-Off Day once a year where you can drop off both car and household batteries for free. For more information visit Chemical drop off days or call the Environment Line on 131 555

    Household Batteries

    It is acceptable to dispose of small quantities of household batteries in your garbage bin. Please DO NOT place batteries in your recycling bin as they cannot be recycled at the facility.

    Household batteries can be recycled through Council's small collection stations at the following locations:

    • Penrith Library - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Library - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    • ST Clair Library - St Clair Shopping Centre, Corner of Bennett Road & Endeavour Avenue ST CLAIR
    • ST Clair Leisure Centre - Botany Lane ST CLAIR
    Car Batteries

    Car batteries cannot be placed in your red-lidded residual waste bin or yellow-lidded recycling bin.

    SITA Australia accepts car batteries for recycling at the Eastern Creek landfill at Wallgrove Road. For more information call 1300 651 116 or visit Sita Australia's Website

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    Bicycles
    Donate

    SITA Australia at Eastern Creek accepts bicycles free of charge. They are rebuilt then sold with proceeds going to charity. Contact SITA on 1300 651 116 or visit Sita Australia's Website

    Book a free council clean up

    Bicycles can also be collected as part of a Council Clean-Up Collection. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Sell / Give away

    Bicycles in a usable condition could also be sold or given away. Check out:

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    Books
    Sell / Give away

    Books in good condition can be donated to charities, sold or given away. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

    Recycle

    Unusable books can be recycled by placing them into your yellow-lidded recycling bin after removing any metal bindings or plastic coatings.

    Book a free council clean up

    Books can also be boxed in small quantities and removed as part of a Council-Clean Up For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

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    Bottle tops
    Metal tops

    Metal lids & tops can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

    Plastic tops

    Plastic bottle tops/lids can be recycled as long as they are still attached / screwed onto the bottle. If you squeeze the air out of the bottle, then replace the lid, you will save room in your yellow-lidded recycling bin and both the bottle and top will be recycled.

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    Bricks

    Waste from construction & development accounts for approximately 33% of all waste deposited annually in landfill. Of this material, 75% can be recycled and reused.

    Please do not place bricks in your yellow-lidded recycling bin. Please do not fill up your red-lidded residual waste bin with bricks as they can make your bin too heavy to empty.

    For a list of businesses that may accept bricks for recycling, visit PlanetArk - Construction & Demolition Recycling

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    Bubble wrap
    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Bubble wrap can be disposed of in your red-lidded residual waste bin.

    Book a free council clean up

    Bubble wrap can also be removed as part of a Council-Clean Up For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

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    Building materials

    Building materials cannot be disposed of in any of the household bins. Building materials pose a risk to the safety of workers, machinery and often make the bin too heavy to collect.

    For information on specific items, please see;

    For a list of businesses that may accept building materials for recycling, visit PlanetArk - Construction & Demolition Recycling

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    Car parts & bodies

    Car parts & bodies cannot be disposed of in any of the household bins. They pose a risk to the safety of workers and machinery.

    Car pars & bodies can be disposed of (for a fee) at:

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    Cardboard
    Recycle

    Cardboard can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycling bin. Squashing boxes and cartons can reduce the amount of space they take up, giving you more room in your bin. This includes items such as;

    • Tissue boxes
    • Egg cartons
    • Cereal boxes
    • Moving boxes
    Recycle (Bulk)

    Bulky or excess cardboard and paper can be recycled at;

    Compost

    Cardboard that does not have plastic tape, plastic coatings, staples or plastic windows but has food stuck to it (such as pizza boxes) can be placed in your green-lidded organics bin.

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    Cards (Greeting)

    Greeting cards, such as birthday or Christmas cards, that are made from paper or cardboard can go into your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

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    Cartons

    Cartons can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycling bin. This includes items such as;

    • Milk cartons
    • Cream cartons
    • Juice cartons

    Squashing cartons can reduce the amount of space they take up, giving you more room in your bin. It is important that no food or liquid is inside the cartons when being placed in the yellow-lidded recycling bin.

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    CDs & DVDs
    Recycle

    CDs & DVDs can be recycled through Council's small collection stations at the following locations:

    • Penrith Library - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Library - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    • ST Clair Library - St Clair Shopping Centre, Corner of Bennett Road & Endeavour Avenue ST CLAIR
    • ST Clair Leisure Centre - Botany Lane ST CLAIR
    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    CDs & DVDs can be placed into your red-lidded residual waste bin.

    Book a free council clean up

    CDs & DVDs can also be boxed or bagged and removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Sell / Give away

    CDs & DVDs, if in good condition, can be donated to charities, sold or given away, saving it from landfill. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Chemicals
    Household Chemicals

    Chemicals cannot be disposed of in any of the household bins. Chemicals pose a risk to the safety of workers and your household.

    Household chemicals can be dropped off for free at Council's Chemical Drop-Off Days. This includes chemicals such as:

    • Acids and alkalis
    • Ammonia-based cleaners
    • Car and household batteries
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Floor care products
    • Gas bottles
    • Hobby chemicals
    • Motor oils and cooking oils
    • Paint and paint-related products
    • Pesticides and herbicides
    • Poisons
    • Pool chemicals
    • Smoke detectors
    • Fluorescent globes and tubes

    For more information, visit Chemical drop off days or call the Environment Line on 131 555

    To receive a FREE text message reminder about Chemical drop-off Days as well as Electronic Waste Drop Off Days and other waste and recycling initiatives, register for Council's Resource Recovery Reminder. Send your name, home address and mobile phone number to Resource Recovery Reminder Service or call Waste Services on 4732 7615 to register for this free service.

    Agricultural, Veterinary Chemicals

    For more information on how to safely dispose of agricultural and veterinary-related chemicals, visit Agsafe Australia

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    Clothing
    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    If in bad condition, clothing can be placed into your red-lidded residual waste bin.

    Book a free council clean up

    Clothing can also be boxed or bagged and removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Sell / Give away

    Clothing, if in good condition, can be donated to charities, sold or given away, saving it from landfill. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

    Donate

    Clothing donation points (clothing bins) are located in many shopping centres and other public areas. Please ensure any donations are in a re-usable / saleable condition and are placed entirely within the donation bin.

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    Community sharps

    "Community Sharps" are needles, syringes, lancets, cannulas and other equipment resulting from medical care, animal health care or drug use. Sharps pose a high risk to workers and community members and should NEVER be disposed of in your household bins, street bins, toilet bins or toilets or down drains

    All sharps should always be kept secure and separate from other wastes.

    Safe sharp drop-off bins are located at:

    • Penrith Community Health Centre - Soper Place PENRITH (24 hours)
    • St Marys Community Sharps Bin - East Lane ST MARYS (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Somerset Street KINGSWOOD (near hospital entrance) (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Derby Street KINGSWOOD (near South Court Primary Care entrance) (24 hours)

    See more information on disposal bin locations

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    Compost bins

    Compost bins are a great way to recycle your food and garden scraps as well as create valuable compost to use on your garden.

    Council sells 2 different types of compost bins

    • 210L Gardenwise compost bin - $35 each (including GST)
    • 340L (Large) Gardenwise compost bin - $52 each (including GST)

    Both are 4-sided (each side has an access door), are lidded and come with bolts for assembly. Note: The compost bin is not the same as the green-lidded organics bin (on wheels) – the compost bin is for DIY backyard composting.

    The bins are sold from Council’s two offices:

    • Penrith Office - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Office - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS

    Many hardware stores, nurseries and some department stores also sell compost bins.

    Download our compost bin information sheet

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    Computers

    Computers contain a wide variety of heavy metals including calcium, lead and mercury, making disposal of these items risky, as these metals can leach into soil and water. Where possible, computers & computer equipment should be reused or recycled.

    Free Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days

    Computers can be recycled through Council's eWaste Drop-Off Days. For more information visit Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days or call Waste Services on 4732 7615

    Donate & Sell

    There are also many charities that take working but unwanted computers to give to those who need them. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Concrete

    Waste from construction & development accounts for approximately 33% of all waste deposited annually in landfill. Of this material, 75% can be recycled and reused.

    Please do not place concrete in your yellow-lidded recycling bin, as concrete cannot be recycled at the facility. Please do not fill up your red-lidded residual waste bin with concrete as it can make your bin too heavy to empty.

    For a list of businesses that may accept concrete for recycling, visit PlanetArk - Construction & Demolition Recycling

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    Dialysis equipment

    Home dialysis equipment can contain hazardous items such as sharps and bodily fluids.

    Sharps

    Sharps pose a high risk to workers and community members and should NEVER be disposed of in your household bins, street bins, toilet bins or toilets or down drains. All sharps should always be kept secure and separate from other wastes.

    Safe sharp drop-off bins are located at:

    • Penrith Community Health Centre - Soper Place PENRITH (24 hours)
    • St Marys Community Sharps Bin - East Lane ST MARYS (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Somerset Street KINGSWOOD (near hospital entrance) (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Derby Street KINGSWOOD (Near South Court Primary Care entrance) (24 hours)

    See more information on disposal bin locations

    Fluids & wastes

    Please dispose of bodily fluids in the toilet (septic system). Plastic tubing and plastic waste bags (once empty) can be placed into the red-lidded residual waste bin. Please do not place any dialysis equipment into the yellow-lidded recycling bin.

    For further information on different items, please see the following links

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    Electrical items

    Australians are one of the highest users of electronic items daily, with approximately 2.4 million computers purchased annually - making electronic waste a growing issue.

    Free Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days

    Many electrical items can also be recycled through Council's FREE eWaste Drop-Off Days. For more information visit Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days or call Waste Services on 4732 7615

    Free Council Cleanups

    Electrical items can also be removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Donate & Sell

    Electrical items, if in good condition, can also be donated to charities, sold or given away, saving it from landfill. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

    For further information on different items, please see the following links:

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    Fabric
    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Dispose of fabric in poor condition in your red-lidded residual waste bin.

    Book a free council clean up

    Fabric can be boxed or bagged and removed as part of a Council-Clean Up For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections. To book a clean up call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Sell / Give away

    Fabric, if in good condition, can be donated to charities, sold or given away, saving it from landfill. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Food scraps

    All food leftovers/scraps, including fish, meat, bones, tea bags, fruit and vegetables can be placed in the green-lidded organics bin. Please only use the council-supplied green compostable bags in the green-lidded organics bin. Plastic bags do not break down in the composting process.

    The council-supplied bags are delivered every 3 months to households. Additional bags can be picked up free of charge from any of Council's offices or libraries;

    • Penrith Office - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Office - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    • Penrith Library - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Library - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    • ST Clair Library - St Clair Shopping Centre, Corner of Bennett Road & Endeavour Avenue ST CLAIR

    Alternatively, start up a compost bin or worm farm! For more information see:

    Worm Farms
    Compost bins

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    Fridges
    Book a Council-Clean Up

    Fridges can be removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735.

    Fridge Buyback

    Fridge Buyback is an award-winning residential energy savings program that actually pays you to help save the environment and reduce your power bills by giving up your old second fridge or upright freezer. You can participate if:

    • You have a working second fridge or working upright freezer that has been in regular use, and
    • It has an internal volume of 200 litres or more (7.06 cubic feet).

    Fridge Buyback operates under the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme and is supported by local councils.

    For more information visit Fridge Buyback or call on 1800 708 401.

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    Furniture
    Broken & unusable furniture

    Broken or unusable furniture can be removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Usable furniture

    Consider donating to a charity, selling it or giving it away, saving it from landfill. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Garden clippings & trimmings
    Compost

    All garden clippings & trimmings (including garden vegetation, grass clippings, twigs, weeds and flowers) can be placed into the green-lidded organics bin.

    Book a free council clean up

    Excess or bulky garden vegetation, such as palm fronds, can be removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

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    Gas cylinders & bottles
    Free Chemical drop off days

    Gas bottles & cylinders cannot be disposed of in any of the household bins. They pose a risk to the safety of workers & machinery.

    Gas bottles can be dropped off for free at Council's Chemical Drop-Off Days. This includes other items & chemicals such as:

    • Acids and alkalis
    • Ammonia-based cleaners
    • Car and household batteries
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Floor care products
    • Gas bottles
    • Hobby chemicals
    • Motor oils and cooking oils
    • Paint and paint-related products
    • Pesticides and herbicides
    • Poisons
    • Pool chemicals
    • Smoke detectors
    • Fluorescent globes and tubes

    For more information, visit Chemical drop off days or call the Environment Line on 131 555

    To receive a FREE text message reminder about Chemical drop-off Days as well as Electronic Waste Drop Off Days and other waste and recycling initiatives, register for Council's Resource Recovery Reminder. Send your name, home address and mobile phone number to Resource Recovery Reminder or call Waste Services on 4732 7615 to register for this free service.

    Disposal Locations (Charges apply)

    Gas bottles & cylinders can also be disposed of (for a fee) at:

    Glass bottles & jars

    Glass bottles and jars can be placed in the yellow-lidded recycling bin. Please do not place glass items such as light bulbs, drinking glasses, pyrex, fishtank glass or window glass in your yellow-lidded recycling bin. These items cannot be recycled at the facility due to the different composition of the glass.

    For more information on other types of glass items please see:


    Glasses (Drinking)
    Glasses (Reading)
    Light bulbs & Globes

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    Glasses (Drinking)
    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Dispose of broken or chipped drinking glasses and crockery in your red-lidded residual waste bin.

    Book a free council clean up

    Glasses, cups, plates and other crockery can be boxed and removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Sell / Give away

    Drinking glasses in good condition can be donated to charities, sold or given away. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Glasses (Reading)

    Unwanted reading, sight or sunglasses can be reused to help the vision of disadvantaged children and adults all around the world. The Lions Club has a "Recycle for sight" program, collecting used (but in good condition) glasses to donate. For more information see the Lion's Club "Recycle for sight" program.

    Many optometrists also collect glasses for recycling.

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    Hazardous waste

    Hazardous Waste is a broad term to describe various items that pose a risk to us or the environment. This includes sharps & medical waste, solvents, floor care products, ammonia, fluorescent tubes, paint, pesticides, poisons, fire extinguishers, acids/alkalis, car batteries, motor oil, fuels and fluids. It is essential that hazardous wastes are NEVER placed in your household bins or placed as part of a Council Clean up, due to the safety risk to waste collection workers.

    These items may be able to be disposed of at Council's Chemical drop off days or Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days

    For further information on different items, see:

    Sharps / Needles / Syringes
    Chemicals, oils, pesticides, poisons, fuels & solvents
    Paints
    Batteries
    Light bulbs & Globes

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    Ink cartridges

    Ink cartridges can be recycled through dedicated drop off points. For recycling locations near you, visit Planet Ark - Ink Cartridges Recycling

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    Light bulbs & globes
    Free small drop off stations

    Small light bulbs and globes can be recycled through Council's small collection stations at the following locations:

    • Penrith Library - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Library - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    • ST Clair Library - St Clair Shopping Centre, Corner of Bennett Road & Endeavour Avenue ST CLAIR
    • ST Clair Leisure Centre - Botany Lane ST CLAIR
    Free Chemical drop off days

    Light bulbs & globes, including fluorescent lamps, can also be dropped off for free at Council's Chemical Drop-Off Days. This includes chemicals & hazardous items such as:

    • Acids and alkalis
    • Ammonia-based cleaners
    • Car and household batteries
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Floor care products
    • Gas bottles
    • Hobby chemicals
    • Motor oils and cooking oils
    • Paint and paint-related products
    • Pesticides and herbicides
    • Poisons
    • Pool chemicals
    • Smoke detectors
    • Fluorescent globes and tubes

    For more information, visit Chemical drop off days or call the Environment Line on 131 555

    To receive a FREE text message reminder about Chemical drop-off Days as well as Electronic Waste Drop Off Days and other waste and recycling initiatives, register for Council's Resource Recovery Reminder. Send your name, home address and mobile phone number to Resource Recovery Reminder or call Waste Services on 4732 7615 to register for this free service.

    Red Bin

    Small light bulbs and globes can be placed into your red-lidded residual waste bin.

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    Linen & manchester
    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Dispose of linen and manchester in poor condition in your red-lidded residual waste bin

    Book a free council clean up

    Linen and manchester can also be boxed or bagged and removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or to book a cleanup call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Sell / Give away

    Linen and manchester in good condition can be donated to charities, sold or given away. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Magazines
    Recycle

    Magazines can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

    Book a free council clean up

    Mazagines can also be boxed or bagged in small quantities and removed as part of a Council-Clean Up For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or to book, call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

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    Mattresses
    Book a free council clean up

    Mattresses can be removed as part of a Council Clean-up (limit of 2 per clean up) For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Sell / Give away

    Mattresses if in very good condition, can be donated to charities, sold or given away, saving it from landfill. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Medical waste
    Medical Waste

    Medical waste such as dialysis bags, tubes, swabs and padding can be placed in the red-lidded residual waste bin, which is sent straight to landfill.

    Sharps

    Sharps pose a high risk to workers and community members and should NEVER be disposed of in ANY your household bins, street bins, toilet bins or toilets or down drains. All sharps should always be kept secure and separate from other wastes.

    Safe sharp drop-off bins are located at:

    • Penrith Community Health Centre - Soper Place PENRITH (24 hours)
    • St Marys Community Sharps Bin - East Lane ST MARYS (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Somerset Street KINGSWOOD(near hospital entrance) (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Derby Street KINGSWOOD (Near South Court Primary Care entrance) (24 hours)

    See more information on disposal bin locations

    For further information on different items, please see the following links.


    Community Sharps

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    Medicine

    Most chemists / pharmacies accept unwanted, expired or excess medicines for safe disposal.

    See more information on safe medicine disposal

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    Metal

    Metal is highly recyclable and many businesses take scrap / unwanted metal for recycling. Scrap metal includes all materials such as aluminium, brass, copper, stainless steel, cast iron, lead, zinc and nickel.

    For a list of businesses that may accept metal for recycling, visit PlanetArk - Scrap metal recycling

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    Milk crates

    Did you know that replacing stolen milk crates costs Australian farmers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year? If you have any milk crates, please call Dairy Farmers on 1800 627 624 (or the number on the crate) to arrange collection.

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    Mobile phones
    Free small drop off stations

    Mobile phones & accessories can be recycled through Council's small collection stations at the following locations:

    • Penrith Library - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Library - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    • ST Clair Library - St Clair Shopping Centre, Corner of Bennett Road & Endeavour Avenue ST CLAIR
    • ST Clair Leisure Centre - Botany Lane ST CLAIR
    Mobile Muster

    Mobile phones contain many components that are dangerous, and many components that are able to be recycled. Safe disposal for old or unwanted mobile devices can be done through Mobile Muster - See locations of collections points. Alternatively, they can also be posted using a free parcel available at Australia Post. Download a free reply paid label directly from the Mobile Muster website.

    Free Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days

    Unwanted mobiles can also be recycled through Council's eWaste Drop-Off Days. For more information visit Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days or call Waste Services on 4732 7615.

    Sell / Give away

    Working mobile phones can be given away or sold, preventing it from being buried in landfill. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Nappies

    Disposable nappies cannot be placed into the yellow-lidded recycling bin or green-lidded organics bins. The only bin they can go into is the red-lidded residual waste bin.Each year, millions of nappies go to landfill. Reusable cloth nappies can help reduce the number of nappies being buried in landfill.

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    Needles
    Sharps are also known as "Community Sharps" which includes needles, syringes, lancets, cannulas and other equipment resulting from medical care, animal health care or drug use. Sharps pose a high risk to workers and community members and should NEVER be disposed of in your household bins, street bins, toilet bins or toilets or down drains

    All sharps should always be kept secure and separate from other wastes.

    Safe sharp drop-off bins are located at:

    • Penrith Community Health Centre - Soper Place PENRITH (24 hours)
    • St Marys Community Sharps Bin - East Lane ST MARYS (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Somerset Street KINGSWOOD(near hospital entrance) (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Derby Street KINGSWOOD (Near South Court Primary Care entrance) (24 hours)

    See more information on disposal bin locations

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    Oil
    Motor Oil

    Motor oil should not be disposed of the household bins, or poured into gardens as oil can leach into the soil & waterways, causing damage. Motor oil can be dropped off for free at Council's Chemical Drop-Off Days. For more information, see Chemical drop off days or call the Environment Line on 131 555

    Oil (unknown type/origin)

    Oils of unknown type or origin can be dropped off for free at Council's Chemical Drop-Off Days. For more information, see Chemical drop off days or call the Environment Line on 131 555

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    Packets (Plastic)

    Plastic packets are items made from thin, glad-wrap like plastic such as chip packets, muesli bar wrappers, lolly bags, frozen vegetable packets and chocolate wrappers. These can be disposed of in the red-lidded residual waste bin.

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    Paint & paint tins

    Please do not place paint or paint tins in any of your household bins. Paint can be dropped off for free at Council's Chemical Drop-Off Days. This also includes other items & chemicals such as:

    • Acids and alkalis
    • Ammonia-based cleaners
    • Car and household batteries
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Floor care products
    • Gas bottles
    • Hobby chemicals
    • Motor oils and cooking oils
    • Paint and paint-related products
    • Pesticides and herbicides
    • Poisons
    • Pool chemicals
    • Smoke detectors
    • Fluorescent globes and tubes

    For more information, see Chemical drop off days or call the Environment Line on 131 555

    To receive a FREE text message reminder about Chemical drop-off Days as well as Electronic Waste Drop Off Days and other waste and recycling initiatives, register for Council's Resource Recovery Reminder. Send your name, home address and mobile phone number to Resource Recovery Reminder or call Waste Services on 4732 7615 to register for this free service.

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    Paper
    Recycle

    Paper and paper products can be recycled by placing it in the yellow-lidded recycling bin. This includes:

    • Note paper
    • Printer paper
    • Junk mail
    • Wrapping paper
    • Newspaper
    • Magazines
    • Envelopes (including window-faced)
    Recycle (Bulk)

    Excess paper can be recycled at;

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    Plastic bags
    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Plastic bags (even ones marked biodegradable or recyclable) can only go into the red-lidded residual waste bin. Consider using reusable shopping bags or boxes to reduce the number of plastic bags you use.

    Supermarket Recycling Program

    Many supermarkets provide a special bag recycling service and have special bins where you can recycle your old bags.

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    Polystyrene foam

    Polystyrene foam items (including those with the triangular recycling symbol) must only be placed in the red-lidded residual waste bin. Items made with foam, such as meat trays, also need to be placed in the red-lidded residual waste bin as they cannot be recycled.

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    Sharps

    Sharps are also known as "Community Sharps" which includes needles, syringes, lancets, cannulas and other equipment resulting from medical care, animal health care or drug use. Sharps pose a high risk to workers and community members and should NEVER be disposed of in your household bins, street bins, toilet bins or toilets or down drains

    All sharps should always be kept secure and separate from other wastes.

    Safe sharp drop-off bins are located at:

    • Penrith Community Health Centre - Soper Place PENRITH (24 hours)
    • St Marys Community Sharps Bin - East Lane ST MARYS (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Somerset Street KINGSWOOD (near hospital entrance) (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Derby Street KINGSWOOD (Near South Court Primary Care entrance) (24 hours)

    See more information on disposal bin locations

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    Smoke alarms & detectors
    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Most Smoke Alarms are labelled “Warning-Radioactive Material” and also “Do not dispose of with general rubbish”. However, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency advises that it is safe to dispose of old smoke alarms in small quantities in the red-lidded residual waste bin, as the levels of radiation are considered small enough to be safe.

    Free chemical drop off days

    Smoke alarms & detectors can be dropped off for free at Council's Chemical Drop-Off Days. For more information visit Chemical drop off days or call the Environment Line on 131 555

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    Syringes

    Syringes are also known as "Community Sharps" which includes needles, syringes, lancets, cannulas and other equipment resulting from medical care, animal health care or drug use. Sharps pose a high risk to workers and community members and should NEVER be disposed of in your household bins, street bins, toilet bins or toilets or down drains

    All sharps should always be kept secure and separate from other wastes.

    Safe sharp drop-off bins are located at:

    • Penrith Community Health Centre - Soper Place PENRITH (24 hours)
    • St Marys Community Sharps Bin - East Lane ST MARYS (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Somerset Street KINGSWOOD (near hospital entrance) (24 hours)
    • Nepean Hospital - Derby Street KINGSWOOD (Near South Court Primary Care entrance) (24 hours)

    See more information on disposal bin locations

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    Take-away containers
    Plastic containers

    Plastic takeaway containers can be put into the yellow-lidded recycling bin. However, please ensure that there is no food left inside the containers before placing into your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

    Foam / Polystyrene containers

    Takeaway containers made from polystyrene or foam can only be put into the red-lidded residual waste bin

    Paper / Cardboard containers

    Paper or cardboard takeaway containers can be put into the green-lidded organics bin, but please make sure no plastic cutlery, foil, plastic bags or plastic packaging is inside the container.

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    Televisions
    Free Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days

    Televisions can be recycled through Council's eWaste Drop-Off Days. For more information visit Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days or call Waste Services on 4732 7615

    Sell / Give away

    Televisions in good working conditions can be sold or given away, saving it from landfill. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Tiles

    Tiles can be safely disposed of at:

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    Timber

    Both treated and untreated timber is accepted at:

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    Toys
    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Toys in bad condition can be placed into the red-lidded residual waste bin.

    Book a free council clean up

    Toys can be boxed or bagged and removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Sell / Give away

    Toys in good condition can be donated to charities, sold or given away. Check out the following websites to sell or give items away:

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    Tyres

    Tyres can be recycled into many new products. Various uses of recycled tyres include the use in retreadable casing, tyre derived fuel in cement industry, or use in constructions of speed bumps and playground equipment.

    For a list of businesses & organisations that may accept tyres for recycling, visit PlanetArk - Tyres

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    Whitegoods
    Recycle

    Many whitegoods contain valuable metals and resources which can be recycled for use in new products. For a list of businesses & organisations that may accept whitegoods for recycling, visit PlanetArk - Whitegoods

    Book a free Council clean up

    Most whitegoods can be removed as part of a Council clean-up. For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735

    Sell / Give away

    Whitegoods in a usable condition could also be sold or given away. Check out:

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    Worm Farms

    Worm farms are a great way to recycle your food scraps into valuable liquid fertiliser.

    Many hardware stores, nurseries and some department stores sell worm farms. Council sells Reln worm farms for $82 which includes: 1 drainage tray, 2 working trays, bedding block, legs, tap, and lid. The farms are sold from Council’s Penrith and St Marys Offices.

    Download our worm farm information sheet (accessible pdf 949KB)

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    Wrappers (Plastic)

    Plastic wrappers (items made from thin, glad-wrap like plastic) such as chip packets, muesli bar wrappers, lolly wrappers & bags, frozen vegetable packets and chocolate wrappers can be disposed of in the red-lidded residual waste bin.

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    X-ray films

    X-ray films contain silver which can be recovered. The films are heated to over 1,000° Celsius, the silver is extracted and purified. The silver can then be reused for things such as silver solder, jewellery, the silver plating of utensils, electrical components and film manufacture.

    For a list of businesses & organisations that may accept X-Rays for recycling, visit PlanetArk - X-Ray Recycling

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Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia