Community Recycling Centres

Community Recycling Centres are permanent drop-off centres for common household problem wastes that can’t be collected via council kerbside waste and recycling collection services. NSW householders can drop off problem wastes at these centres year round, free of charge.

To better protect our environment and the health of the community, the EPA is funding new and enhanced Community Recycling Centres across NSW. Local councils and other organisations operate these centres in partnership with the EPA. Funding for the centres comes from the waste levy, as part of Waste Less, Recycle More.

What can I take to a Community Recycling Centre?

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  • 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 mobile collection service helps you safely dispose 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. 

Who can use Community Recycling Centres?

Most Community Recycling Centres are open to all NSW residents. With the exception of Leichhardt and Canada Bay, you do not have to be a local resident to use a centre. Community Recycling Centres complement the Household Chemical CleanOut program.

Business waste

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

Why should I 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 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 acid batteries are sent to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled.
  • Gas cylinders have remaining gas recovered, and steel sent for recycling. Many cylinders are retested and recycled into the hire market.
  • Fluorescent tubes and globes contain mercury. Recyclers crush the tubes to separate the phosphor powder from the glass. They feed the powder through receiving containers, where it is filtered to capture fugitive mercury emissions. The mercury is then separated by distillation and sold for a range of industrial uses. The remaining glass and metals are also recycled.
  • Gas bottles have residual gas captured for reuse. Undamaged 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.

Other recycling services

Check RecyclingNearYou to find out where you can take other recyclable items that aren’t collected by your local council kerbside collection service.

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