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Community Recycling Centres

Community Recycling Centres are drop-off centres for common household problem wastes that can’t be collected via council kerbside waste and recycling collection services.

New and enhanced Community Recycling Centres are being established across NSW. At these centres, NSW householders can drop off their problem wastes free of charge. Centres are open year round.

The centres will be operated by local councils and other organisations, working in partnership with the EPA. Funding for the centres comes from the waste levy, as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative.

What can I take to a Community Recycling Centre?

The following waste items are accepted at Community Recycling Centres in NSW:

Paint   Gas bottles   Fire extinguishers

Motor oils   Other oils   Car batteries

Household batteries   Smoke detectors   Fluorescent tubes and globes

Only household quantities of these materials will be accepted. As a guide, this is a maximum container of 20 litres or 20 kilograms for each waste type.

Some centres may accept other types of waste. Contact your local centre to find out if other items are accepted and if any charges apply.

Handle and transport your items carefully. Protect your vehicle by placing items on a protective sheet or tray in the boot to capture any leakages or breakages.

What about household chemicals?

You can take household chemicals to a Household Chemical CleanOut event. This is a mobile collection service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemical products, including household cleaners, pool and hobby chemicals and pesticides. CleanOut events are held at various locations in NSW on specified dates throughout the year.

Community Recycling Centres complement the Household Chemical CleanOut program.

Who can use Community Recycling Centres?

Community Recycling Centres are open to all NSW residents. You do not have to be a local resident to use most centres.

Businesses are not eligible to use Community Recycling Centres and should contact a waste disposal service directly or visit BusinessRecycling.

Why use these centres?

Most of the items accepted at Community Recycling Centres can be reused or recycled. Sorting waste and taking it to a recycling centre

  • helps improve recycling rates
  • saves water, energy and other valuable natural resources

What happens to the waste items after they have been dropped off?

  • Paints are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are recycled.
  • Lead and acid batteries are sent to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled.
  • Gas cylinders have any remaining gas recovered, and the steel is sent for recycling. Many cylinders are retested and recycled into the hire market.
  • Fluorescent tubes and globes contain mercury. Tube recycling involves crushing the tubes to separate the phosphor powder from the glass. The powder is fed through receiving containers with a filtering process to capture any fugitive mercury emissions. The mercury is then processed for separation by distillation and sold for a range of industrial uses. The glass and metals remaining from the process are also recycled.
  • Gas bottles have any residual gas captured for reuse. IUndamaged bottles are retested, restamped and entered into the hire industry. Damaged bottles are punctured and recycled as scrap metal.
  • Used oils are processed to become a lubricant or used for waste to energy.

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Page last updated: 27 October 2016