Right Waste, Right Place

Right Waste, Right Place

We’ve got to hand it to you, Penrith! You never waste a chance to be great with waste! 

 

There are many items that can’t go in your household waste bins such as electronic waste, chemical waste and sharps (syringes, needles, epi-pens and lancets) because they cause harm to the environment, front-line workers can be injured, and some items can be recycled and used again. 

Electronic Waste

Electronic waste (e-waste) is growing at three times the rate than other wastewhich is why it’s great that you are sending it to the right place such as Penrith's Community Recycling Centre (CRC) and Council’s e-waste drop-off events, and not in your household bins.

You can take mobile phones and accessories, as well as household batteries, to the collection stations at Penrith City Library’s branches for free.

What is e-waste?

E-waste any old, broken and unwanted electrical items with an electric cord or a battery,including; computers, monitors, mice, keyboards, cables, cameras, CD drives, clock radios, DVD players, electric blankets, electrical power tools, electronic games/toys, fax machines, floppy discs, grooming devices, hard drives, iPod, juicers, mixers, monitors, networking equipment, notebooks, personal electrical devices, printers and printer cartridges, projectors, scanners, mobile phones, stereos, TVs, VCR players and video cameras.

Why is it important to take your e-waste to the right place?

It is essential that we recycle e-waste responsibly because sending them to landfill takes up a huge amount of unnecessary space, and some components can be toxic to the environment if not disposed of correctly. 

All items taken to the Penrith's Community Recycling Centre will be disassembled, sorted, and recovered for recycling.  Thanks, Penrith for never wasting a chance to take your e-waste to the right place.

For more information about e-waste click here to download our guide

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Chemical Waste

What is chemical waste?

Chemical Waste is the unwanted, out-of-date or disused household chemicals that you might keep in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed. 

Chemical waste includes items such as: acids and alkalis, ammonia-based cleaners, car batteries/ batteries, fire extinguishers, floor care products, fluorescent globes and tubes, garden chemicals, gas bottles, hobby chemicals, motor oils, fuels and fluids, paint and related products, pesticides and herbicides, poisons, pool chemicals, solvents and household cleaners.

By taking your chemical waste to the right place, such as a Chemical CleanOut event, you are helping to prevent contamination and protecting our waste collectors from injury by doing the right thing and never putting it in your household bins.

The Penrith Community Recycling Centre accepts household quantities (20L or 20kg) of light globes, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, motor oil and up to 100L of paint (in max 20L containers), which can be dropped off for free.

Why is it important to take your chemical waste to the right place?

If household chemical waste isn’t disposed of correctly, it can contaminate ground and surface water and harm wildlife, injure garbage collectors, and add to the flammability and toxic effects of house fires.

Many chemical materials can be recycled or reused, so not only are you helping to reduce waste and pollution, but you are also helping in resource recovery efforts. Thanks, Penrith, for never wasting a chance to take your chemical waste to the right place.

For more information about Chemical Waste click here to download our guide

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Sharps

Never waste a chance to be safe with sharps and take them to free drop-off locations around Penrith. You are doing the right thing by never putting them in your green-lidded FOGO bin or yellow-lidded recycling bin.

What are sharps?

When we say ‘sharps’, we mean needles, syringes, diabetic medication, lancet and similar equipment. These include sharps used in the home and within the business practices. In other words, anything sharp that could hurt you or others.

How can I dispose of sharps safely?

Special, purpose made sharps containers are available from most pharmacies and are the best way to dispose of any sharps. Alternatively, you can use any puncture-resistant rigid plastic containers e.g. an ordinary empty laundry liquid detergent bottle.

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Where can I dispose of sharps safely?

Generally, any of the following locations are a community sharps disposal service:

  • All public hospitals in NSW
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • Health centres

To locate the disposal service nearest you, or to find our more, visit safesharps.org.au

You can take your sharps containers to:

Location Address
Cranebrook Community Health Centre 39 Laycock St, Cranebrook 
Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services Koolyangarra Aboriginal Child and Family Centre Kington Place, Cranebrook
Cambridge Park Pharmacy 100 Oxford St, Cambridge Park
 Lemongrove Community Health Centre Gate 1, 13-29 Gascoigne St, Penrith
Penrith Community Health Centre Cnr Soper Place and Lawson St, Penrith
Terry White Chemist 447 High St, Penrith
Nepean Hospital South Court (NSP) Opposite 46a Derby St, Kingswood, Nepean Hospital
St Mary’s Community Centre  Cnr Chapel and Gidley St, St Marys
Mediadvice Pharmacy Glenmore Park Town Centre Glenmore Park Town Centre

Why is it important?

It is important to dispose of sharps correctly to keep you and the workers at our FOGO, recycling and residual waste processing facilities safe by preventing injuries from sharps, such as:

  • Expose waste workers to risk
  • Expose the community to injury

Thanks, Penrith, for never wasting a chance to be safe with sharps.

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Soft Plastics

Soft plastics are common household packaging items like chip packets, bread bags, plastic bags, and cling wrap. Unlike other plastic items, when scrunched soft plastics don't immediately ‘spring’ back to their original shape. 

Why do I need to keep them separate?

It’s important to keep soft plastics out of your yellow-lidded recycling bin as they can’t be recycled in the same facility as other "hard" plastics and are considered to be contamination when placed in this bin. By keeping soft plastics out of your yellow-lidded bin and sorting your recycling correctly, you’re helping to make sure your items can be made into new products that can be used again and again.

If they can’t go in the yellow-lidded bin, where should they go?

The best way to dispose of your soft plastics is to take them to a REDcycle drop off location at your local supermarket. To find your nearest drop-off point, visit REDcycle’s location finder.

If you're looking for something more convenient to help you dispose of your soft plastics, Council has partnered with RecycleSmart to offer “from your door”, contactless collections for household problem waste items like plastics to make sure they are sent to the right place.

Power Pickups can be booked via the RecycleSmart App (available from the Apple or Play Store) or from the RecycleSmart website.

  • Biscuit packaging (excluding internal tray)
  • Bread bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cereal box liners
  • Chocolate wrappers
  • Citrus netting bags
  • Cling wraps
  • Confectionary packets and bags
  • Courier satchels
  • Fresh produce bags
  • Frozen foods bags
  • Muesli bar wrappers
  • Newspaper wrap
  • Pasta/ noodles packaging
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic sachets
  • Reusable shopping/grocery bags
  • Rice bags
  • Shopping centre plastic bags
  • Silver lined chip bags
  • Snaplock bags
  • Squeeze pouches
  • Sturdy pet food bag

Textiles

Clothing and linen items, such as bedsheets and towels, are becoming a growing area of concern in household waste generation. It is estimated that over the last year (2020-21), 240,000 tonnes of textiles were sent to landfill in NSW compared to only 800 tonnes being recycled.

When landfilled, textiles have significant negative environmental impacts, including micro-plastic shedding into the land and methane emission into the atmosphere from breakdown of organic fibres.

What can I do to keep my textiles out of landfill?

Avoid

The best option is to avoid purchasing fast-fashion trends and textiles in the first instance. Instead opt for items that you are going to love long-term. When possible, purchase high quality textiles designed to last to help reduce textile waste at its source. 

Reuse

Choose to donate responsibly. This could be as simple as items to friends and family or giving items in good condition to local charities. 

Recycle

Like most household problem waste, most textiles can be recycled if kept separate from other items and sent to the correct facility. Council have partnered with RecycleSmart to offer “from your door”, contactless collections for household problem waste items like textiles to make sure these are sent to the right place for valuable resources to be recovered and reused.

Power Pickups, can be booked via the Recycle Smart App (available from the Apple or Play Store) or from the RecycleSmart website. 

RecycleSmart Power Pickups

Some problem waste items can’t be disposed of in your household bins for safety and environmental reasons. To ensure that we are sending problem waste to the right place and protecting our environment, Council has partnered with RecycleSmart to provide Penrith residents with a “from your door” collection service for items like soft plastics and textiles.

How do I book a collection?

Organising a collection (or a “Power Pickup”) is easy! Residents can make a booking to have tricky-to-recycle items like textiles and soft plastics collected in a contact free pickup, directly from their front door via the RecycleSmart App (available from the Apple or Play Store) or from the RecycleSmart website.

What’s the best way to present my items for collection?

1. Bag your items

Place your items for collection into either RecycleSmart bags or any shopping bag you already own. Each bag should be approximately 20L in size, the same size as a standard reusable shopping bag from your supermarket.

(Don’t worry, your bags will be returned straight after your items are collected and will be placed back where they were found to be reused again.)

2. Check your booking

RecycleSmart will send you a friendly reminder a week before your scheduled collection date to remind you of your booking.

3. Put your items out the front

Put your items out the front of your house the morning of your scheduled collection day to be picked up.

Please make sure our collection drivers can safely gain access to the property (gates unlocked, pets are kept safely restrained, no obstacles or vehicles obstructing the path, etc.).

How much do pickups cost?

For one-off collections, a small fee of $2 per bag applies and up to 5 bags can be picked up.

If you’re looking for something more consistent, RecycleSmart offers a free subscription where you will have access to monthly pickups for two bags on an ongoing, regular basis that’s convenient for you.

If you’re looking to book your first RecycleSmart Power Pickup, use the promocode PENRITHFREE to get your first collection for free!

All staff will be wearing full PPE and will comply with the current COVID-19 health orders to ensure the safety of the service.

Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days

Council holds regular free Electronic Waste Drop-Off Days at Jamison Park, Penrith. Pack your old televisions, computers, microwaves, stereos and other electronic waste in your car or trailer. The friendly staff will unload for you and the items collected will be recycled. All items dropped off at the event are disassembled, sorted and recovered for recycling into new products. Scavenging is not permitted. 

When is the next event?

The next e-waste drop-off event will be on Saturday 5 February 2022, from 9am-3:30pm. Please keep an eye on Council’s Facebook for updates. 

Please safely pack drop-off items into the boot of your car or your trailer, come to the event and remain inside of your vehicle. The friendly staff will unpack your boot or trailer to ensure a safe distance is maintained at all times. 

Entrance is via Jamison Road

Please enter Jamison Park via Jamison Road as highlighted on the map below. Upon entry you will be directed to one of two drop off points. After unloading, you can exit left onto York Road.

 waste drop off points

We can accept

  • computers and related products including monitors, mice, keyboards
  • cables
  • cameras
  • cd drives
  • clock radios
  • DVD players
  • electric blankets
  • electrical power tools
  • electronic games/toys
  • fax machines
  • floppy discs
  • grooming devices
  • hard drives
  • iPod
  • juicers
  • mixers
  • monitors
  • networking equipment
  • notebooks
  • personal electrical devices
  • printers and printer cartridges
  • projectors
  • scanners
  • stereos
  • TVs
  • VCR players
  • video cameras
  • mp3 players

Gas bottles, household batteries, car batteries, whitegoods, air conditioners, BBQs or petrol-powered small appliances and tools can't be accepted. Some of these items may be accepted at the Chemical CleanOut events or in a bulky waste collection. For more information on how to dispose of these and other items, see the A-Z of Waste & Recycling.

Stay informed with our free app

Download our free Penrith Waste Champion app from your app store to receive notifications about our free drop off days and other resource recovery initiatives.

Other ways to recycle

If you can’t make it to an e-waste drop off day, the Penrith Community Recycling Centre is open year-round and accepts household quantities of e-waste.

Chemical CleanOut Events

Council hosts a free Chemical CleanOut event at Penrith every year. The event is run by the EPA.

Pack your old household cleaners and chemicals, pool chemicals, batteries, gas bottles and oils in the boot of your car or trailer. The friendly staff will unload your chemical waste for you and the items collected will be disposed of safely and correctly.

When's the next event?

The next Chemical CleanOut event will be held on Saturday 12 March and Sunday 13 March 2022, from 9am -3pm. Please keep an eye on Council’s Facebook for updates.

COVID-19 safe plan

Please safely pack labelled drop-off items into the boot of your car or your trailer, come to the event and remain inside of your vehicle. The friendly staff will unpack your boot or trailer to ensure a safe distance is maintained at all times. 

We can accept

  • acids and alkalis
  • ammonia based cleaners
  • car batteries
  • fire extinguishers
  • floor care products
  • fluorescent globes and tubes
  • gas bottles
  • hobby chemicals
  • motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • paint and related products
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • poisons
  • pool chemicals
  • solvents and household cleaners.

Only household quantities can be accepted (maximum 20 litres or 20kg of a single item). Business related and commercial quantities of chemicals can't be accepted. For more information on Chemical CleanOut events, including upcoming events held by neighbouring councils, please visit the Chemical CleanOut website or call the Environment Line on 131 555.

Stay informed with our free app

Download our free Penrith Waste Champion app from your app store to receive notifications about our free drop off days and other resource recovery initiatives.

Other ways to safely and correctly dispose of chemicals

 

If you can’t make it to a Chemical CleanOut event, the Penrith Community Recycling Centre is open year-round and accepts household quantities of the following types of chemical waste:

  • household and car batteries
  • gas bottles and fire extinguishers
  • light globes
  • smoke detectors
  • motor oil
  • oil and water-based paint (up to 100L, stored in containers no larger than 20L)