A to Z of Waste Disposal
Want to know what to do with unwanted household items?
This guide suggests appropriate disposal options for common household items.
Where disposal is not part of regular waste and recycling collections (labelled other in the guide), please see the information below!
This guide was last updated on 4 September 2012. If you see any information that should be amended, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car batteries can be taken to the next Household Chemical CleanOut Collection for recycling.
Household batteries can be recycled for free by taking them to the Civic Centre Mosman and placing the in the E-waste Recycling Unit alternatively at Battery World , 5 Mitchell Road, Brookvale (next to Hardware & General, opposite McDonalds). Phone 9939 2439. Mosman Council encourages using rechargeable batteries to reduce the amount of toxic waste going to landfill.
Mobile Phones can also be recycled at the Civic Centre in the same box as your household batteries.
See Mobile Phones below for mobile phone battery recycling.
Ink cartridges and small toner cartridges can be taken to the Civic Centre Mosman and placed in the same E-waste Recycling Unit and section as your household batteries and mobile phones. Ask your current cartridge provider whether they have a recycling program.
Alternatively, Cartridges 4 Planet Ark campaign has set up special printer cartridge recycling bins at Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Tandy, Dick Smith Electronics and Powerhouse stores. For further information, or for Mosman businesses wanting free cartridges recycling pickup, call Cartridges 4 Planet Ark hotline on 1800 24 24 73.
Send your discs to: Australian Plastics Reprocessing, 7 Benley St, Wetherill Park, NSW 2164. We suggest that you separate the discs from their cases and printed papers before sending them.
Many charity stores will also accept your unwanted household items and clothing. Visit Planet Ark at recyclingnearyou.com.au to find your local charity store and identify accepted items.
The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) runs free chemical collection days at various sites throughout the year. The collection accepts all household chemicals. For more information call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit Household Chemical CleanOut Collection .
More information and disposal options on our e-waste page.
Visit Planet Ark's Recycling Near You website for information on companies and charities which resell or recycle computers. Companies include:
Visit Planet Ark's Recycling Near You website for information on minimising and recycling construction and demolition waste. Find out if there is a drop off location near you collecting construction and demolition waste.
Small DS items can be taken to the Civic Centre Mosman and placed in the E-waste Recycling Unit (note DS items are placed in a different section to batteries and mobile phones)
More information and disposal options on our e-waste page.
The rapid advance in technology means that we regularly replace our computer and electronic equipment, creating a lot of extra waste going into landfills. E-waste items contain many toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury.
The good news is that approximately 90% of materials contained in e-waste are recyclable!
See Planet Ark's Recycling Near You website for more options for electronic goods recycling.
It is compulsory to carry distress flares on boats in NSW. Flares are classified as an explosive.
Contact the manufacturer or supplier of out of date flares to dispose of the explosives for you.
Alternatively, NSW Maritime headquarters on James Craig Road, Rozelle, will accept them. They must be sealed in a seal lock bag (like glad bags) and presented to the front reception. Office hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm. Phone 13 12 56 (select option 2).
Small handheld GPS items can be taken to the Civic Centre Mosman and placed in the E-waste Recycling Unit (note GPS units are placed in a different section to batteries and mobile phones)
Drop off for recycling at Drop off for recycling at Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre . Use this link to check if your item is accepted Kimbriki - Accepted and Prohibited Materials . Donate to Second-hand Building Materials Supplier. Sell in local papers, trading post or e-bay. Try the Australian Recycling Community . Refer to your local yellow pages for a list of metal recyclers.
These are now accepted at the Household Chemical CleanOut Collection collections.
Mosman encourages residents to recycle their mattresses instead of sending them to landfill. Call Kimbriki ( there is a charge).
Alternatively, residents can book a Council pre-paid collection service or wait for Council’s biannual household clean up service. However, please note that these services do not currently ‘recycle’ mattresses. For more information call the Waste Line on 9978 4076.
Mobile phones and accessories can be recycled through the official mobile phone industry recycling program MobileMuster . Mosman Council supports this program and residents can drop off any unwanted mobile phones and accessories to the following locations in Mosman. Look for the MobileMuster collection box.
- Barry O’Keefe Library – Library Walk, 605 Military Road
- SmartTime Communications (Vodafone) – Shop 4, 573 Military Road
- Officeworks – 640 Military Road
- Spit Junction – Post Shop 60 Spit Rd Spit Junction – envelopes only
- Mosman Post – Shop 846 Military Rd- envelopes only
- Cartridge World – Mosman – 114 Glover Street
The Civic Centre Mosman has an E-waste Recycling Unit that is suitable for small e-waste items and includes a provision for mobile phones.
For more information, or to locate other collection points, please visit MobileMuster or call 1300 730 070.
Alternatively, Clean Up Australia collect and recycle mobile phones. To request a postage-paid satchel call 1800 024 890 or visit Clean Up Australia .
Apple Computers Recycling Program takes iPods & iPhones. The Civic Centre Mosman has an E-waste Recycling unit that is suitable for small e-waste items and includes a section for iPods, iphones
Sell in local papers, trading post or e-bay. Try the Australian Recycling Community .
If you want to stop receiving junk mail, put a NO JUNK MAIL sticker on your letterbox.
To stop junk mail that is addressed to a household resident, register with the Australian Direct Marketing Organisation .
Unwanted cooking oil (large quantities) should be disposed of properly. Visit Planet Ark's Recycling Near You and search by product to obtain a list of recyclers.
If the paint cans are clean and empty, they can go straight into the yellow lidded bin for recycling.
If there is still wet or dry paint in the cans, these will need to go either to the next Household Chemical CleanOut Collection or to a landfill that will accept them. (Paint is classified as chemical hazardous waste, that’s why we cannot accept paint in waste bins or council clean ups.)
Sell in local papers, trading post or e-bay. Refer to your local yellow pages for a list of Pallet recyclers. Try the Australian Recycling Community .
Do not burn CCA or PCP-treated wood.
Currently, small volumes of CCA-treated timber wastes or off-cuts from domestic or residential uses should be disposed of at Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre .
Treated timber has been listed as a “waste of concern” by the NSW government under its extended producer responsibility policy. The timber industry is currently researching chemical free wood preservation techniques for radiata pine (e.g. thermal modification).
See Total Environment Centre’s Safer Solutions for safer alternatives.
Say NO to Plastic Bags when shopping, take reuseable alternatives like calico, go-green polypropylene or string bags. Alternatively, recycle your plastic bags at local supermarkets such as Woolworths or Coles. Be careful to check which plastic bags are accepted at the recycling bins – they usually only accept the supermarket style shopping bag (HDPE), not the heavier bags used by other retailers (LDPE). To find out how you or your business can get involved in Clean Up Australia’s ‘Say NO to Plastic Bags’ campaign Clean Up Australia or call 1800 024 890.
Getting rid of your spare old fridge or upright freezer is one of the easiest steps you can take to cut your power bills.
Inefficient second fridges and freezers are one of the home’s biggest energy guzzlers, consuming up to three times the energy of new fridges. Running a second fridge adds an average of $300 a year to your power bills and results in greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Old upright freezers use almost as much power as an old fridge.
Fridge Buyback is a residential energy savings program that actually pays you to reduce your power bills and help save the environment by giving up your old second fridge or upright freezer. The appliances are professionally degassed and the metals recycled.
To participate, your fridge or upright freezer must:
- NOT be the main fridge/freezer at home
- Be a working appliance in regular use
- Be 200 litres (7.06 cubic feet) or more in volume
Fridges and freezers are collected by professional removalists and a $25 rebate is paid if the removal involves stairs with six steps or less. There are regular collection runs every few weeks.
Ring 1800 708 401 to book or see www.fridgebuyback.com.au for more information.
Fridge Buyback is an energy savings program operating under the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme and is supported by Council. The program is independently operated by Next Energy Pty Ltd.
Don’t throw things away – someone else might be able to put it to good service.
- Australian Recycling Community is an easy way to get in touch with people in your area who are looking for things you don’t need any more, and that you want
- Reverse Garbage located at the Addison Road Community Centre Marrickville, is a not-for-profit co-operative that sells industrial discards, off-cuts and over-runs to the public for creative and practical uses, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. For more information visit Reverse Garbage or contact 9569 3132.
The OPAL/RUM project provides a convenient and environmentally responsible solution for the collection and disposal of unwanted medicines. Many pharmacies in the northern Sydney region act as collection points for unwanted and out of date medicines. Phone OPAL/RUM on 1300 650 835 or visit www.returnmed.com.au .
Residents have a number of options for sharps disposal:
- Consult your local doctor or pharmacy to negotiate sharps disposal.
- Contact Diabetes Australia NSW on 1300 136 588:
- Find a sharps disposal location near you.
- They also sell sharps disposal containers; and
- Have a disposal facility at their Glebe office at 26 Arundel St, Glebe.
- Alternatively, visit Clinic 16, Royal North Shore Hospital, Herbert Street, St Leonards.
Donate timber (un-treated) to a second-hand building materials supplier. Sell in local papers, trading post or e-bay. Try Australian Recycling Community .
Donate to a second-hand building materials supplier. Sell in local papers, trading post or e-bay. Try Australian Recycling Community .