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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 listed!

Council is taking action to divert problem waste items from landfill, including e-waste, batteries, globes and clothes. See our e-waste page for more information. 

The information found in this guide is correct at the time of production and is subject to change. For waste disposal options outside of kerbside collections, charges may apply. If you see any information that should be amended, please email council@mosman.nsw.gov.au.

Item Bin Description
X-rays Red X-rays are suitable for general waste (red lid). X-rays are not suitable for kerbside collections. X-rays can be recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You.
Window Frames Other Window frames can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Window frames are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Whitegoods Other Whitegoods can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up or self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Whitegoods are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Weeds Green Weeds are suitable for garden organics (green lid).
Water Heaters Other Some water heaters can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Water heaters are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Videos E-waste Videos can be recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council or visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You. Alternatively videos are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Vegetation Waste Green Vegetation waste is suitable for garden organics (green lid). Large branches and tree trunks are not suitable for kerbside bins and must be self-hauled for recycling at Kimbriki - remember to cover loads.
Toys Red Toys are suitable for general waste (red lid). Good quality toys can be taken to charity shops. DO NOT dump poor quality toys at charity stores as shop waste disposal is not free.
Tree Stumps and Logs Other Tree stumps and logs can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Tree stumps and logs are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Toner Cartridges Other Check with your local Office Works for free recycling options. Small toner cartridges can be recycled for free by taking them to the Mosman Civic Centre or visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You. Toner cartridges are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Toilets Other Some toilets can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Toilets are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Toilet Paper Rolls Blue Toilet paper rolls are suitable for recycling (blue lid).
Tin Cans Yellow Tin cans are suitable for recycling (yellow lid). Please ensure cans are empty.
Timber Pallets Other Timber pallets can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Timber pallets are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Timber Other Timber can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Bathroom tiles are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Televisions (TV) E-waste Televisions are not suitable for kerbside collections. Televisions can be recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council or self-haul to Kimbriki
Telephone Books Blue Telephone books are suitable for recycling (blue lid).
Takeaway Containers Yellow Takeaway containers are suitable for recycling (yellow lid). Please ensure takeaway containers are empty.
Syringes Red Syringes are suitable for general waste (red lid). Syringes should be contained within a sharps container before disposal.
Steel - Other Other Steel can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Steel is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Steel Cans Yellow Steel cans are suitable for recycling (yellow lid). Please ensure cans are empty.
Stoves Other One stove can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up or self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Stoves are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Sporting Goods Other Sporting goods are suitable for general waste (red lid). Alternatively, good quality used sporting goods can be taken to Boots for All or Fair Game
Solvents Other Solvents can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection for recycling. Solvents are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Smoke Alarms Other Smoke alarms can be taken for free to your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Smoke alarms are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Small Household Appliances Other Some small household appliances can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Small household appliances are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Sand and Soil Other Sand and soil can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Sand and soil are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Roof Tiles Other Roof tiles can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Roof tiles are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Razors Red Razors are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Refrigerators Other Upon ordering your new refrigerator ask the supplier if they will pick up your old one. Refrigerators can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up (doors must be removed) or self-hauled to Kimbriki. Refrigerators are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Radios E-waste Radios are not suitable for kerbside collections. Radios can be recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council. Alternatively enquire at The Bower.
Pool Chemicals Other Pool chemicals can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Pool chemicals are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Polystyrene Packaging Red Polystyrene is suitable for general waste (red lid). For large quantities visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You.
Plastic Bottle Tops Red Plastic bottle tops are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Plastic Containers Yellow Empty rigid plastic containers commonly used in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry are suitable for recycling (yellow lid).
Plastic Bags Red Plastic bags are suitable for general waste (red lid). Plastic bags are not suitable for kerbside recycling bins. Alternatively check if your local supermarket takes plastic bags for recycling.
Pizza Boxes - Clean Blue Clean pizza boxes are suitable for recycling (blue lid). Clean pizza boxes must contain no food waste, a small oil stain is acceptable.
Pizza Boxes - Food Scraps Red Dirty pizza boxes are suitable for general waste (red lid). Dirty pizza boxes are not suitable for kerbside recycling bins.
Pine - Treated Other Treated pine can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Treated pine is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Perspex Other Perspex can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up or self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Perspex is not suitable for kerbside bins.
Pesticides Other Pesticides can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Pesticides are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Paper - Clean Blue Clean paper is suitable for recycling (blue lid).
Paper Towels - Soiled Red Dirty paper towels are suitable for general waste (red lid). Dirty paper towels are not suitable for kerbside recycling bins.
Paints Other Paints can be recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Paints are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Newspapers Blue Newspapers are suitable for recycling (blue lid).
Office Furniture Other Some office furniture can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - Find out if your item is accepted or visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You. Office furniture is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Motor Oil Other Motor oil can be recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection or self-hauled to Kimbriki
Mobile Phones E-waste Mobile phones can be recycled for free by taking them to a Mobile Muster Box, this item may be accepted for free pick up from Arnies Recon contact here to check current list of accepted items or recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council or dropped off at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC). Mobile phones are not suitable for kerbside collections or contact The Connect Project https://thereconnectproject.com.au/pages/donations
Microwaves E-waste Microwaves are not suitable for kerbside collections. Microwaves can be recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council, this item may be accepted for free pick up from Arnies Recon contact here to check current list of accepted items or self-haul to Kimbriki or visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You.
Metal Drums - Empty Other Metal drums can be self-hauled to Kimbriki. Please ensure the lid is off and the drums are empty and clean for recycling. Find out if your item is accepted. Metal drums are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Metal Roofing Other Metal roofing can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Metal roofing is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Metal Chairs Other Metal chairs can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up or self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Metal chairs are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Medicines Other Take unwanted or unused medicines to your local pharmacy for free safe disposal. Medicines are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Metal Bed Frames Other Metal bed frames can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up or self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Metal bed frames are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Mattresses Other Mattresses can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up or self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Mattresses are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Magazines Blue Magazines are suitable for recycling (blue lid). Alternatively check with your nearest charity stores or Footpath Library.
Linoleum Other Linoleum can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Linoleum is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Light Globes Red Light globes are suitable for general waste (red lid). Light globes can be recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council or at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection.
Lead Acid Batteries Other Lead acid batteries can be recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection for recycling or Battery World. Lead acid batteries are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Lawn Mowers Other Lawn mowers can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up - must be empty of all fluids, fuel and oil or self-hauled to Kimbriki. Lawn mowers are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Laundry Tubs - Metal Other Metal laundry tubs can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Metal laundry tubs are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Lattice Timber Other Lattice timber can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Lattice timber is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Kitchen Sink Other Some kitchen sinks can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Kitchen sinks are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Insulation Other Insulation can be self-hauled to Kimbriki. Insulation is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Kitchen Cupboards Other Some kitchen cupboards can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Kitchen cupboards are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Hobby Chemicals Other Hobby chemicals can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Hobby chemicals are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Ink Cartridges Other Small ink cartridges can be recycled for free by taking them to the Mosman Civic Centre or visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You. Alternatively ink cartridges are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Herbicides Other Herbicides can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Herbicides are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Glass Jars and Bottles Yellow Glass jars and bottles are suitable for recycling (yellow lid).
Grass Clippings Green Grass clippings are suitable for garden organics (green lid). Reuse green waste within your garden to encourage nutrient recycling.
Guttering Other Some guttering can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Guttering is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Hazardous Waste Other Hazardous waste can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Hazardous waste is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Glass - Broken Red Broken glass is suitable for general waste (red lid). Broken glass should be wrapped before disposal.
Gladwrap Red Gladwrap is suitable for general waste (red lid). Gladwrap is not suitable for kerbside recycling bins. Can be recycled through Supermarket plastic recycling bins.
Gas Bottles Other Check your local service station to see if you can swap your old gas bottle for a refilled bottle. Gas bottles can be recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Gas bottles are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Garden Hoses Red Garden hoses are suitable for general waste (red lid). Larger quantities of garden hose can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up.
Game Consoles E-waste Game consoles are not suitable for kerbside collections. Game consoles can be recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council or dropped off at your nearest Community Recycling Centre CRC or self-haul to Kimbriki - limits may apply. This item may be accepted for free pick up from Arnies Recon contact here to check current list of accepted items.
Furniture - Timber and Metal Other Some timber and metal furniture can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up, limited to less than 30kg and/or 1.5m in length or self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Alternatively enquire at The Bower. Timber and metal furniture is not suitable for kerbside bins.
Fuels - Petrol and Diesel Other Petrol and diesel fuel can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Petrol and diesel fuel is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Freezers Other Upon ordering your new fridge ask the supplier if they will pick up your old one. Freezers can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up (doors must be removed) or self-hauled to Kimbriki. Freezers are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Fridges Other Upon ordering your new fridge as supplier if they will pick up your old one. Fridges can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up (doors must be removed) or self-hauled to Kimbriki. Fridges are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Food Scraps Red Food scraps are suitable for general waste (red lid). Food scraps are not suitable for kerbside green organics bins. See Compost Revolution to recycle your food scraps.Consider registering with ShareWaste to recycle organics either as someone who wants to share their compost bin or someone who would like to drop off food waste. https://sharewaste.com/
Fishing Lines and Rods Red Fishing lines and rods are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Flares Other Flares can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Flares are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Fire Extinguishers Other Fire extinguishers can be recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Fire extinguishers are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Fibro - Wrapped Other Seek professional advice when handling fibro. Fibro can be disposed at Kimbriki, read special conditions. Fibro is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Envelopes - Paper Blue Paper envelopes are suitable for recycling (blue lid). All envelopes including those with clear windows are recyclable.
Fencing - Timber Other Timber fencing can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Timber fencing is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Egg Cartons Blue Egg cartons are suitable for recycling (blue lid).
Engine Oil Other Engine oil can be recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection or self-hauled to Kimbriki
DVDs E-waste DVDs can be recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council or visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You. Alternatively DVDs are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Doors Other Some doors can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Doors are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Disposable Nappies Red Disposable nappies are suitable for general waste (red lid). Nappies are not suitable for kerbside recycling bins. Unused disposable nappies can be donated to the Nappy Collective
Demolition Waste Other Some demolition waste can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Demolition Waste is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Corks - Cork and Plastic Red Corks are suitable for general waste (red lid). For recycling options visit Recycling Near You.
Cooking Oil Red Cooking oil is suitable for general waste (red lid). Pour waste oil in a screw top jar before placing in bin. Alternatively, cooking oil can be recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC).
Construction Waste Other Some construction waste can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Construction Waste is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Coffee Pods Red Coffee pods are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Computers E-waste Computers are not suitable for kerbside collections. Computers can be recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council or dropped of at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or self-haul to Kimbriki - strict limits apply. This item may be accepted for free pick up from Arnies Recon contact here to check current list of accepted items. https://www.arniesrecon.com/ or contact The Connect Project https://thereconnectproject.com.au/pages/donations
Coat Hangers Red Coat hangers are suitable for general waste (red lid). Quality coat hangers may be accepted by charity shops.
Coffee Cups Red Coffee cups are suitable for general waste (red lid). Plastic coffee cup lids can be placed in yellow lid recycling. Reusable coffee cups are the best solution.
Clothing Red Clothing is suitable for general waste (red lid). Good quality used clothes can be taken to charity shops. DO NOT dump poor quality clothing at charity stores as shop waste disposal is not free.
Cleaners - Household Other Household cleaners can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection for recycling. Old household cleaners are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Cigarette Butts Red Cigarette butts are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Christmas Trees - Organic Other Mosman Council holds a Christmas tree collection service in January. See your waste calendar. Christmas trees are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Chemicals - Household Other Household chemicals can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection for recycling. Household chemicals are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Ceramics and Crockery Red Ceramics and crockery are suitable for general waste (red lid). Charities often accept ceramics and crockery in good condition.
Cellophane Red Cellophane is suitable for general waste (red lid).
CD' and DVD's E-waste For CD's and DVD's in excellent condition - check with local charity stores if they accept these items. Check with your local Office Works for free recycling options. CDs can be recycled at Mosman Council's e-Waste drop off events - see next drop off event at Council or visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You. Alternatively CDs are suitable for general waste (red lid).
Carpet and Underlay Other Carpet and Underlay can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up, limited to ONE piece maximum 1.5m
Cardboard Waxed Red Waxed cardboard is suitable for general waste (red lid). Please collapse cardboard boxes before disposal.
Car Tyres Other Car tyres can be self-hauled to Kimbriki
Cardboard Unwaxed Blue Unwaxed cardboard is suitable for recycling (blue lid). Please collapse cardboard boxes before disposal.
Car Bodies Other For car body disposal see a licensed scrap metal dealer.
Cans Yellow Cans are suitable for recycling (yellow lid). Please ensure cans are empty.
Building Materials Other Some building materials can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Building materials are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Branches - Thin Green Thin branches less than 1.5m length are suitable for garden organics (green lid).
Bricks and Pavers Other Bricks and pavers can be self-hauled for recycling at Kimbriki. Bricks and pavers are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Boxes - Cardboard Blue Cardboard boxes are suitable for recycling (blue lid). Please collapse cardboard boxes before disposal.
Branches - Thick Other Thick branches can be self-hauled to Kimbriki. Thick branches are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Books Blue Books are suitable for recycling (blue lid). Alternatively take them to your nearest charity stores or the Footpath Library.
Bottles - Glass and Plastic Yellow Glass and plastic bottles are suitable for recycling (yellow lid). Please ensure bottles are empty.
Bike Frames Other Bike frames can be disposed of at your next Household Clean Up or self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Bike frames are not suitable for kerbside bins.
Batteries - Household Other Household batteries can be recycled for free by taking them to the Mosman Civic Centre or recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or Battery World.
Batteries - Car Other Car batteries can be recycled for free at your nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection for recycling or Battery World. Car batteries are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Bath Tubs Other Some bath tubs can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Bath tubs are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Bathroom Sinks Other Some bathroom sinks can be self-hauled to Kimbriki - find out if your item is accepted. Bathroom sinks are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Asbestos - Wrapped Other Seek professional advice when handling asbestos. Asbestos can be disposed at Kimbriki. Asbestos is not suitable for kerbside collections.
Antibiotics Other Take unwanted or unused antibiotics to your local pharmacy for free safe disposal. Antibiotics are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Aluminium Foil Red Aluminium foil is suitable for general waste (red lid). This item can be recycled and placed in the yellow lid bin if you have sufficient quantity to roll into a tennis sized ball.
Aerosol Cans - Empty Yellow Aerosol cans are suitable for recycling (yellow lid). Make sure aerosol cans are completely empty as they can pose a safety risk for collectors.
Acid and Alkalis Other Acids and Alkalis can be taken to the next free Household Chemical CleanOut Collection for recycling. Acids and Alkalis are not suitable for kerbside collections.
Waxed paper or waxed cardboard Red Waxed paper or waxed cardboard is suitable for reuse or general waste bin (red lid). Not suitable for paper waste recycling.
Household ornaments Red Household ornaments in good condition are suitable for reselling or donating to charities. Can be disposed of in the general waste bin (red lid)
Wrapping paper Red Wrapping paper made from 100% paper is suitable for recycling (blue lid) - if paper contains plastic, wax, foil or glitter is suitable for general waste (red lid)
Wrapping paper Blue Wrapping paper made from 100% paper is suitable for recycling (blue lid) - if paper contains plastic, wax, foil or glitter is suitable for general waste (red lid)
Soft plastics Red Soft plastics are suitable for recycling in Red Cycle bins located at large Supermarkets, for reuse or for general waste (red lid). Not suitable for Council recycling bins.
Tissues Red Tissues are suitable for general waste bin (red lid).
Last updated Tuesday 11 January 2022
Last updated Tuesday 11 January 2022