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.

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

By taking your chemical waste to the right place, such as Penrith’s Community Recycling Centre or at Council’s Chemical CleanOut events, you are doing the right thing and never putting it in your bin which prevents injury to garbage collectors and contamination.

What is chemical waste?

The unwanted, out-of-date or disused household chemicals kept in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed such as: acids and alkalis, ammonia-based cleaners, car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.

Only household quantities are accepted, (20L or 20kg) excluding paint, up to 100L (in 20L containers) of paint can be dropped off for free Penrith’s Community Recycling Centre.

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, 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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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 13 February 2021, from 9am-3pm. Our Community Recycling Centre is still open and e-waste can be dropped off for free. 

COVID-19 safe plan

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 drop-off days 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

For more information on how to recycle e-waste and other items, see the A-Z of Waste & Recycling. or visit Council's Community Recycling Centre.

Chemical CleanOut Days

Council hosts a free Chemical CleanOut Day 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. The friendly staff will unload for you and the items collected will be disposed of safely and correctly.

When's the next event?

The next Chemical CleanOut days will be Saturday 6 March and Sunday 7 March 2021, from 9am -3pm. Our Community Recycling Centre is still open and chemical waste can be dropped off for free.

If you can't make it to the event, some items may be accepted at the Community Recycling Centre or you can attend one of EPA's other cleanout days which are scheduled within other areas.

For more chemical cleanout events, please visit the Chemical CleanOut website or call the Environment Line on 131 555.

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 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 dispose of chemicals

Penrith's 'Community Recycling Centre' accepts certain problem household wastes such as paints, oils, batteries and gas cylinders. For information, including opening hours and location see the Community Recycling Centre page.

For more information on how to dispose of chemicals and other items, see the A-Z of Waste & Recycling.