A-Z Waste & Recycling

There are better ways with waste... below are practical alternatives to landfill.

  • Refuse - decline things you don’t need and say no to items you haven’t asked for.
  • Reduce - buy less but buy better; quality products that will last longer and help reduce waste.
  • Reuse - swap single use items with reusables and save money and waste.
  • Re-purpose - find a practical new use for an old item.
  • Re-gift - can someone use an item that you have finished with? Remember to only donate quality goods.
  • Rot - start composting or work farming to dramatically reduce your greenhouse gas production.
  • Recycle - maintain a closed loop system by recycling AND buying goods made from recycled products.

This A-Z directory lists the what and where of all sorts of materials to be disposed of.

Planet Ark's recycling portal can help locate recycling services - recyclingnearyou.com.au


Type of material

How to dispose

Aerosol cans

Community Recycling Centre or in the yellow recycling bin.

Aluminium cans

Yellow recycling bin.

Aluminium foil

Scrunch foil into the size of a tennis ball, then put in yellow recycling bin.


Remove it by registered contractor. Or yourself within Kimbriki guidelines (fees apply).

Batteries (household)

Community Recycling Centre, The Coal Loader, Council Customer Service, Officeworks

Batteries (car)

Community Recycling Centre.


Recycle bikes at these services.The Northside Produce Market, supported by the Council, also host regular bike repair workshops.


Donate books or swap good reads at The Coal Loader.

Bread Tags The Coal Loader

Building Waste

Suez Artarmon Waste Management Centre (fees apply), or Kimbriki (fees apply).


Yellow recycling bin. For large quantities Suez Artarmon Waste Management Centre (fees apply).


Bundle in 1.2m rolls, book a household clean up.


Community Recycling Centre.


EPA Chemical Clean Out.


Instead of putting it in the red bin, good quality clothing can be donated to a friend, charity shops, or online. Damaged clothing might be able to be repaired at home. Stained or ripped clothing could be used as rags for cleaning your house. Soiled and beyond-repair clothing and fabric can be recycled at some clothing retailers including H&M and Zara stores in our region.

Coat hangers

Many cannot be recycled, if in good condition please reuse or donate to charity shops. Broken hangers made all from plastic or all from metal can go into the yellow bin. Broken hangers made from multiple materials that cannot be separated should go into the red bin. 

Coffee cups

Plastic lids (white and black) can go into the yellow recycling bin. 

Coffee cups are NOT readily recyclable as they are coated in plastic internally, however Simply Cups have multiple special recycling stations for them.

Cups put in the red bin can take hundreds of years to degrade in landfill. Please consider switching to a reusable cup. Visit Responsible Cafes to find your closest cafe that offers discounts for reusable cups!

Coffee pods / capsules

Coffee pods are generally recyclable but too small for curbside recycling. Please visit your brand's website for details on their programs or switch to a reusable pod at Crema Joe.


Community Recycling Centre.


The Coal Loader.

E-waste / electrical appliances

Some items may be repairable at the Repair Cafe. Items beyond repair can be taken to the Community Recycling Centre or one of these facilities.

Please note that E-waste is not allowed in your usual weekly rubbish collection.

Fire extinguishers

Community Recycling Centre.

Food waste

Reduce your carbon footprint - start a compost collection or worm farm. North Sydney Council even subsidises up to 50% of the cost!

Alternatively contact or join your local community garden. Or drop off locally through ShareWaste (NZ website which covers Aust).

Meat and dairy will still need to go into your red bin because in landfill it will create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas; but in compost it can be used to grow plants and trap carbon.


Book a household clean up.


Some items can be repaired at Men's Shed. Good quality items could be donated to a friend, charity, or online low-waste group. For damaged items, please book a household clean up.

Garden waste / clippings

Book a green waste clean up.

Gas bottles

Community Recycling Centre.

Glass / mirrors

Small amounts of broken glass can go into the general waste bin (red lid).


Do not put glass into the yellow recycling bin, excluding glass bottles and jars (see below).


Large glass sheets or mirrors need to be taken to Suez Artarmon Waste Management Centre (fees apply). Usable mirrors can be donated to a friend, charity shops, or online.


Glass bottles and jars

Yellow recycling bin.

Glasses (reading)

Planet Ark - Recycling Near You or check with your optometrist who may collect for charitable re-use.

Household cleaners

EPA Chemical Clean Out.

Juice / soy / milk cartons

Yellow recycling bin.


Metal lid from jam/pasta jar Yellow recycling bin, separate from jar as the metal is recyclable.

Milk/water bottle lid Red bin due to size, they are too small for the machinery. Or drop off at The Coal Loader.

Wine bottle screw-cap Red bin due to size, they are too small for the machinery.

Light globes & tubes

Fluorescent, halogen, LED

Community Recycling Centre or at The Coal Loader (who will take them to the centre for you!).


Yellow recycling bin.


Book a household clean up.

Or try Soft Landing: a social enterprise who recycle mattresses while offering employment to people who experience barriers entering the open labour market (fees apply).


Return unwanted medicines to your pharmacy.

Mobile phones

Community Recycling Centre or Coal Loader.

Needles / sharps

Medical sharps.

Oils (motor and other)

Community Recycling Centre.

Paint / paint tins

Community Recycling Centre.

Palm trees / palm fronds

Book a green waste clean up.

Pens and markers


Pizza boxes

Clean pizza boxes can go in the yellow recycling bin.

Plastic bags / soft plastics

Recycle at supermarket (Coles, Woolworths) recycling bins. Visit REDcycle for further details, and additional collection points near you.

Plastic bottles and containers

Rinse and place in the yellow recycling bin.

Polystyrene and Styrofoam

Liverpool Recycling Centre

Thornleigh Community Recycling

Elsewhere: https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/polystyrene/NorthSydneyNSW

Pool chemicals

EPA Chemical Clean Out.

Printer/toner cartridges

Planet Ark, Officeworks, Community Recycling Centre, or The Coal Loader who will deliver them to one of these locations for you.

 Rubber Bands The Coal Loader.

Scrap metal

Metal recyclers.

Smoke alarms

Community Recycling Centre.

Steel cans

Rinse and place in the yellow recycling bin.


EPA Chemical Clean Out.


Community recycling centre.


Suez Artarmon Waste Management Centre (fees apply).

White goods

Book a household clean up or Suez Artarmon Waste Management Centre (fees apply).


Community Recycling Centre.

Yoga mats

Repurpose old or used yoga matts at www.lovearth.com.au/dropoff-points

All information correct at time of publishing.

Charges may apply for some items.

For more information or to confirm please contact the provider listed.