Find the item you want to recycle in the list below
- Aerosol Cans
You can put aerosol cans in the yellow recycling bin or take them to the Community Recycling Centre
- Aluminium Cans
Yellow recycling bin or a Return and Earn station.
- Aluminium Foil
Scrunch foil into the size of a tennis ball, then put in yellow recycling bin.
- Batteries (household)
- Batteries (car)
You can recycle car batteries at the Community Recycling Centre
Find places to recycle bikes using the GiveNow search.
RecycleSmart collects useable blankets.
- Bread Tags
Check if The Bread Tag Project is accepting bread tags.
- Building Waste
Unsoiled cardboard/paper bigger than credit card size, shredded paper too, can go in the yellow recycling bin.
Alternatively, you can drop off at:
- or the Artarmon Resource Recovery (Cleanaway) for large quantities (fees may apply).
Roll the carpet in 1.2m rolls, and book a bulky waste clean up through Council.
- Carton (milk/juice)
Remove any plastic spouts from the liquid paperboard carton and place in the yellow recycling bin.
For chemical waste, please refer to the EPA Chemical Clean Out.
Instead of putting clothing 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 can 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.
RecycleSmart also collects reusable and non-reusable clothing (bagged separately).
- Coat hangers
If you have coathangers in good condition, please reuse them 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
Coffee cups are not readily recyclable as they are coated in plastic internally, however Simply Cups have multiple special recycling stations for them.
Coffee cups must not go in the yellow bin as they will contaminate the waste stream.
Clean plastic lids (white and black) can go into the yellow recycling bin.
Cups labelled as biodegradable only break down as indicated when taken to an appropriate facility. Speak to your cafe to find out more about where they send theirs and return them to the cafe for transport to that facility.
Cups put in the red bin can take hundreds of years to degrade into microplastics 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
Check if Reverse Garbage is accepting corks.
- E-waste/electrical appliances
Some items may be repairable at the Repair Cafe.
Items beyond repair can be taken to:
The Coal Loader will recycle electric cables.
RecycleSmart also collects electrical cables, mobile phone charges, power extension cords, mobile phones, photocopiers, scanners, radios, fax machines, keyboards and smart watches and party lights.
Please note that E-waste is not allowed in your usual weekly rubbish collection.
- Fire extinguishers
Fire extinguishers can be taken to the Community Recycling Centre or contact the supplier as shown on the extinguisher.
- Food waste
Reduce your environmental impact by starting a compost collection or worm farm. North Sydney Council will even pay up to 50% of the setup cost!
Diverting your food waste properly can make a large difference to your environmental footprint because in landfill it will create methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) and leachate (which can pollute soil and water) but in compost it can be used to grow plants and trap carbon.
Book a bulky waste clean up through Council.
Good quality items could be donated to a friend, charity, or online low-waste group (there are many to be found on Facebook).
For damaged items, please book a bulky waste clean up.
- Garden waste/clippings
Book a green garden waste clean up.
- Gas bottles
Gas bottles can be taken to the Community Recycling Centre.
Small amounts of broken glass (drinking glasses etc) can go into the red bin.
Do not put glass other than bottles and jars into the yellow recycling bin. The glass used in other products has a different melt point and can contaminate the process.
Large glass sheets, building waste, or mirrors need to be taken to Artarmon Resource Recovery (Cleanaway) (fees apply).
Usable mirrors can be donated to a friend, charity shops, or low waste groups online.
- Glass bottles and jars
Glass bottles and jars can go in the yellow recycling bin. Please remove metal and plastic lids and labels before recycling.
- Glasses (reading)
Reading glasses can be taken to Planet Ark - Recycling Near You or check with your optometrist who may collect for charitable re-use.
- Household cleaners
Check how to dispose of household cleaners with the EPA Chemical Clean Out.
- Juice/soy/milk cartons
Juice and milk cartons can be placed in the yellow recycling bin.
Milk/water bottle lids should be left on the bottle when placed in the yellow recycling bin.
Metal lids from jam/pasta jars can be placed in the yellow recycling bin, separate from the jar.
Wine bottle screw-caps/ metal bottle caps should be placed in the red bin das they are too small for the machinery.
- Light globes and tubes (fluorescent, halogen, LED)
Magazines can be placed in the yellow recycling bin.
- Mobile phones
Medical sharps, such as disposable syringes for the treatment of diabetes, can now be safely disposed of for free by dropping them off in an enclosed container at one of the following locations:
Cammeray Pharmacy: shop 9/476 Miller St, Cammeray
Cincotta Discount Pharmacy: 116 Military Rd, Neutral Bay
Cremorne Town Centre Pharmacy: shop 7/287 Military Rd, Cremorne
Drews Pharmacy: shop 3A, 2 Elizabeth Plaza, North Sydney
Priceline Pharmacy: shop 1-2/111 Pacific Highway, North Sydney
- Oils (motor and other)
Motor oils can be taken to the Community Recycling Centre.
- Paint/paint tins
- Palm trees/palm fronds
Garden waste can be collected by Council if you book a green waste clean up.
- Pens and markers
Pens and markers can be taken to Officeworks.
- Pizza boxes
Clean pizza boxes can go in the yellow recycling bin.
Greasy sections should be placed in the red bin or possibly your own compost bin.
- Plastic bags/soft plastics
Soft plastics can be collected by RecycleSmart.
- Plastic bottles and containers
Rinse plastic containers and place in the yellow recycling bin.
- Polystyrene and Styrofoam
- Pool chemicals
See how to dispose of pool chemicals at the EPA Chemical Clean Out.
- Printer toner/cartridge
- Rubber bands
- Scrap metal
Scrap metal can be taken to Metal recyclers.
Shoes can be collected by RecycleSmart
- Smoke alarms
- Steel cans
Rinse steel cans and place in the yellow recycling bin.
Check the EPA Chemical Clean Out for disposal of solvents.
Televisions can be taken to the Community Recycling Centre.
Tyres can be taken to Artarmon Resource Recovery (Cleanaway) (fees apply).
- White goods
- Yoga mats
Bring old or used yoga matts to LoveEarth.