A-Z of Waste & Recycling

A-Z of Waste & Recycling

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).

Return and Earn

Your aluminium cans may be eligible for the NSW Government’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn. Visit the Return and Earn page for more information.

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

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

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 and car batteries can be recycled through Penrith City Council's Community Recycling Centre. For more information visit Community Recycling Centre or call Waste Services on 4732 7777.

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.

SUEZ accepts car batteries for recycling at the Eastern Creek landfill at Wallgrove Road. For more information call 13 13 35 or visit SUEZ'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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

Sell / Give away

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

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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.

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

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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;

  • Asbestos
  • Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Paint & paint tins
  • Tiles
  • Timber

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

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:

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

Bulk Recycle

Bulk amounts of cardboard can be recycled at

  • Bingo Recycling Centre (1300 424 646) - 25 Dunheved Circuit, St Marys
  • Visy Recycling Centre (1300 368 479) - 6 Herbert Place, Smithfield

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

Return and Earn

Your cartons may be eligible for the NSW Government’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn. Visit the Return and Earn page for more information.

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.

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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:

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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.

"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.

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

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

Download our Composting Information Sheet.

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:

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.

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 items:

  • Community Sharps
  • Medical Waste

Your drink containers may be eligible for the NSW Government’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn. Visit the Return and Earn page for more information.

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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 items:

  • Computers
  • Whitegoods

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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:

Fire extinguishers can be recycled through Penrith City Council's Community Recycling Centre. For more information visit Community Recycling Centre or call Waste Services on 4732 7777.

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 four times a year to households on the 3-bin service. 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 these items:

  • Worm Farms
  • Compost bins

Book a Council-Clean Up

Fridges can be removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

Broken & unusable furniture

Broken or unusable furniture can be removed as part of a Council-Clean Up. For more information see the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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:

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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

Gas bottles & cylinders can be recycled through Penrith City Council's Community Recycling Centre. For more information visit Community Recycling Centre or call Waste Services on 4732 7777.

For more information, visit the Chemical Drop-off Days page 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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:

Return and Earn

Your aluminium cans may be eligible for the NSW Government’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn. Visit the Return and Earn page for more information.

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 these items:

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

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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:

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.

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 these items:

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

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

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

Light bulbs & globes, including fluorescent lamps can be recycled through Penrith City Council's Community Recycling Centre. For more information visit Community Recycling Centre or call Waste Services on 4732 7777.

For more information, visit the Chemical Drop-off Days page 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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:

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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:

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 items:

  • Community Sharps

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

See more information on safe medicine disposal

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.

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.

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. 

Free Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days

Unwanted mobiles can also be recycled through Council's eWaste Drop-Off Days. For more information visit the Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days page 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:

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.

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.

Motor and other oils can be recycled through Penrith City Council's Community Recycling Centre. For more information visit Community Recycling Centre or call Waste Services on 4732 7777.

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 the Chemical Drop-off Days page 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 the Chemical Drop-off Days page or call the Environment Line on 131 555.

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.

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

Paint can be recycled through Penrith City Council's Community Recycling Centre .For more information visit the Community Recycling Centre page or call Waste Services on 4732 7777. Only household quantities of the above materials will be accepted. As a guide, a maximum container of 20 litres

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Waste Services on 4732 7615 to register for this free service.

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)

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.

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.

Polystyrene can be recycled through Penrith City Council's Community Recycling Centre. For more information visit the Community Recycling Centre page or call Waste Services on 4732 7777.

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.

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.

Smoke Detectors can be recycled through Penrith City Council's Community Recycling Centre. For more information visit the Community Recycling Centre page or call Waste Services on 4732 7777.

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 the Chemical Drop-off Days page or call the Environment Line on 131 555.

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.

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.

Free Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days

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

Televisions can be recycled through Penrith City Council's Community Recycling Centre. For more information visit the Community Recycling Centre page or call Waste Services on 4732 7777.

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:

Tiles can be safely disposed of at:

  • Hallinans Haulage Recycling Centre - 37-55 Lee Holm Rd, St Marys - 9826 1666
  • SUEZ - Wallgrove Rd, Eastern Creek (Charges may apply) - 13 13 35 or visit SUEZ's Website

Both treated and untreated timber is accepted at:

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

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:

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 or Tyrecycle.

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 the On-call Waste Collection page or call the Waste Hotline on 4732 7777.

Sell / Give away

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

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. 

Download our Worm Farming Factsheet

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.

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.