You can drop off baths, sinks and vanities for recycling at Kimbriki. Alternatively, donate to a second-hand building materials supplier or give away on Gumtree.
Donate your blankets and towels to Animal Welfare League or your local charity store.
Over two thirds of batteries that are thrown out end up in landfill. Batteries contain toxic metals including cadmium, mercury and lead and can be dangerous for the environment.
Don't throw your batteries in the bin. Take your used batteries for recycling at one of the following locations.
Household batteries can be recycled for free at Battery World, 5 Mitchell Road, Brookvale, (9939 2439) or in the Battery World bin at Council's Civic Centre, Dee Why. You can also drop off used household batteries (AAA, A, C, D and 9V only) at your nearest Aldi store.
Alternatively you can take household batteries along to your next Household Chemical CleanOut Collection.
Recycling your batteries is good, however it is better to use rechargeable batteries or purchase household goods that do not require batteries wherever possible.
Car batteries can be taken to your upcoming Household Chemical CleanOut Collection. Alternatively they can be dropped off at Belrose Resource Recovery Centre on Crozier Road, Belrose or Kimbriki on Mona Vale Road, Ingelside for recycling.
See Mobile Phones below for mobile phone battery recycling.
Lifeline Northern Beaches accepts good quality book donations. For more information on what books they will and won’t accept please visit their website. Small donations can be dropped at a lifeline retail store. Find your closest retail store here. If you have more than 2 boxes of books to donate, please take them to the Lifeline Distribution Centre at 267 Harbord Rd, Brookvale 2100 (5th driveway past Officeworks, open weekdays 8:30am – 3pm) Ph: 9939 9746
A number of other charities also accept book donations. Givenow keeps a list of some of these organisations. It is important to follow any instructions regarding type of books as each organisation is different and know which books are popular or suited to their needs. If in doubt it is best to ring before dropping off your donation.
You could also set up a second-hand book exchange between friends, at your child's school or another community group.
As a last resort you can recycle unusable books in the blue lidded paper recycling bin.
Have unwanted leftover or second hand building materials from a renovation? You could sell or give them away through a number of avenues. Buildbits is a free website and app you can use to buy, sell or giveaway new and used building materials. You could also use the “Building Materials” category on Gumtree to sell or giveaway unwanted materials.
Alternatively the Bower in Marrickville may accept small amounts of building materials that you no longer want, call The Bower on 02 9568 6280 to see if they can take your donation.
For more on building waste check out our Building Waste page.
The National Business Recycling Directory contains information about recycling and waste disposal services for Australian small to medium-sized businesess.
Take a look at our Waste for Business page for more information.
Cameras can be recycled for free at Spectrum Camera House, Shop 419, Warringah Mall Shopping Centre, Brookvale, ph 9907 1955.
For other drop off locations visit camerahouse.com.au
Carry Bags - Plastic
Refer to Plastic bags and packaging.
Ask your current cartridge provider whether they have a recycling program.
Alternatively, Cartridges 4 Planet Ark campaign has printer cartridge recycling bins at Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith Electronics, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi and Office National stores. For further information, or for Warringah businesses wanting free cartridges recycling pick up, call the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark hotline on 1800 24 24 73.
NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW) runs free chemical collection days at various sites throughout the year. The collection accepts all household chemicals. For more information call Environment Line on 131 555 or visit CleanOut.
Do you have clothing in good condition? There are many options to keep it out of landfill.
Consider donating unwanted clothes to a local charity. The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) has a list of charities who may accept your donation. This page has links through to each organisation to help you find your closest drop off point.
There are also specialist charities that are seeking particular items. Dress for Success and Fitted for Work accept high quality work wear to provide disadvantaged women with outfits for job interviews. The Uplift Project accepts new or second hand bras in good condition which are provided to disadvantaged women.
Depending on the item, you could also give away or sell clothing. You could use online tools including eBay, Gumtree, Freecycle, Buy/Swap/Sell Facebook groups. Otherwise, you could sell or give away clothing via a garage sale or by organising a clothes swap.
Clothing in poor condition can sometimes be turned into industrial rags. T-shirts, towels, flannelette, sheets are preferred. It is important to contact your local charity to see if they can accept your donation.
No computer equipment will be accepted as part of your bulky goods clean up. Find out more about eWaste.
Upgrading to a new computer? If your computer is still in good working order, consider donating or selling it.
The Reuseful Project operates out of Brookvale and refurbishes computers to donate to those in need. You can delete your files, but they will wipe your data as part of the service. Laptops less than 4 years old and desktop computers less than 6 years old are preferred. If your computer is a few years older but is in good condition contact them to check 9037 1594 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you could consider selling or giving away your working computer online via a range of websites including Gumtree, Ebay, Tradingpost Buy/Swap/Sell Facebook groups or on Freecycle.
If your computer is very old or broken, there are a number places you can take the device and accessories to be recycled.
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is providing Australian householders and small businesses with access to free recycling services for TVs, computers and computer equipment. You can search for a local recycling service or drop off point at recyclingnearyou. The Scheme does not accept other types of electronic waste such as DVD players and VCR players. Find out more about eWaste.
Any householder or small business operator from Warringah can drop off up to 15 items at Belrose Resource Recovery Centre (Crozier Road, Belrose), Harvey Norman, 17 Roseberry St, Balgowlah (warehouse/loading dock) and Kimbriki (Mona Vale Road, Ingleside).
Dee Why Office Works will accept up to 5 computers or pieces of computer equipment and accessories for free but no TVs.
Visit Planet Ark for information on minimising and recycling construction and demolition waste. Find out if there is a drop off location near you.
If you have small quantities of corks, place them in a satchel or box and post to:
Green Living Centre, 218 King Street, Newtown. Please make sure corks are clean. The corks are recycled by A1rubber and made into floor covering. Alternativley you can compost cork a little at a time, it helps aerate the soil.
Appliances in good condition are accepted by Vinnies Brookvale, 638 Pittwater Road, (tel 9905 0424). Best to ring first as some items such as hair curlers, oil heaters and open radiators are not accepted.
Small electrical appliances made of metal are accepted free of charge at Kimbriki.
You can put a few pieces out for your Bulky Goods clean up. For large amounts see Timber.
Most flares have a use-by date of three years and they must be replaced before the expiry date. Roads and Maritime has launched a program to help boaters dispose of these flares, with mobile collections set up along the NSW coastline. The collection program to dispose of out-of-date flares starts in January and continues until the end of the boating season in May.
Compost bins, worm farms and chickens are great ways to reduce your food waste. Kimbriki conducts workshops on setting up wormfarm and compost bins, call 9486 3512. Warringah residents who attend receive a $45 voucher towards the purchase of a compost bin, worm farm, compost mixing tool or worms (terms and conditions apply)
Composting and worm farming is a great alternative to disposing of your food waste in the rubbish bin while creating quality fertiliser for your pot plants and garden. Food waste once in landfill produces greenhouse gases.
Fridge Buyback operates under the NSW Government's Energy Savings Scheme. Old fridges and freezers are some of the biggest energy users in the home. Fridge Buyback will collect your working second fridge or upright freezer (conditions apply), visit Fridge Buyback
Whitegoods can be taken to Kimbriki free of charge. Alternatively leave your whitegoods in a separate pile with other metal goods at your next Bulky Goods general clean up service for metal recycling. Ensure fridge/freezer doors are unhinged for safety.
Harvey Norman at Balgowlah (76-190 Condamine Street) will take back white goods such as fridges, washing machines, etc for recycling, only upon purchase and delivery of new goods.
Do you have unwanted funiture that is in good condition? There are a number of options available.
Consider donating unwanted furniture to a local charity. The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) has a list of charities who may accept your donation. The NACRO site has links through to each organisation to help you find your closest drop off point. Some may even offer a pick up service depending on the donation.
Don't forget you can also sell or give away unwanted furniture. List item on an online sales website such as eBay, Gumtree, Tradingpost or quicksales. If you are not looking for money in return, there can be high demand for free items listed on websites such as Gumtree (freebies seciton), Freecycle, and Buy/Swap/Sell groups on Facebook. Alternatively, you could pass on furniture via a car boot sale, garage sale, by telling friends and neighbours, placing an ad in the paper, putting up posters on a community noticeboard or at work.
Drop off for recycling at Kimbriki. If guttering is in good condition, donate to second-hand building materials suppliers.
You can get stickers from some newsagencies and hardware shops as well as from the Distribution Standards Board (DSB) to stop unsolicited advertising material (or junk mail). Send a self-addressed envelope to DSB Sticker, Suite 6, 151 Barkly Ave, Richmond, Vic, 3121. To stop unsolicited mail that is addressed to a household resident, register with the Australian Direct Marketing Organisation.
Leave the lids on plastic bottles once you have emptied them and place in the yellow lidded recycling bin.
With glass bottles and jars the lids should be removed as the lids are made with material that is different from the container. Lids separated from containers which are bigger than a 50 cent piece can be recycled in your yellow lidded bin, while smaller lids should be placed in your red lidded rubbish bin
These are now accepted at the Household Chemical CleanOut collections.
Warringah council encourages residents to recycle their mattresses instead of sending them to landfill. Mattresses are bulky and take up valuable landfill space. They are also full of various components that can be recycled including metal springs, foam and timber.
Brookvale Vinnies (638 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, 9905 0424) will accept mattresses in good condition (This means: no stains, tears or sagging). Be sure to call them first to confirm that they can accept your donation.
If you are purchasing a new mattress be sure to ask whether mattress collection and recycling is part of their service. There are a number of retailers that offer this service either free or for a fee.
A range of recycling services exist which often include pick up of your mattress from your house including Sydney Mattress Recycling, Mattress Recyclers, Land savers and 1800-got-junk. Services vary and fees apply.
Alternatively, you could wait for the Bulky Goods Clean up in your area (occurs twice a year) or take it directly to Kimbriki where it will be recycled. Fees apply.
The OPAL/RUM project provides a convenient and environmentally responsible solution for the collection and disposal of unwanted medicines. Many pharmacies in northern Sydney act as collection points for unwanted and out-of-date medicines. Call OPAL/RUM on 1300 650 835 or visit returnmed.com.au.
Upgrading your phone? If your old one is still in good working condition you could donate it to charity, sell it or trade it in.
A number of charities are requesting used mobile phones. Give now lists some of these charities. One example is Youcan.org.au. The donated phones are refurbished, sold and the money is used by CANTEEN to build specialised youth cancer centres for cancer sufferers.
Some phone companies offer you credit on your new phone if you trade your old one in. Contact your phone service provider for more information.
Alternatively, you could sell or giveaway your second hand mobile phone via a range of sales websites. These include, but are not limited to: Gumtree, eBay, Tradingpost, Buy/Swap/Sell Facebook groups or on Freecycle.
If your old phone cannot be reused, recycle it!
According to MobileMuster there are over 23 million unused mobile phones currently being stored in Australian homes. Up to 90 per cent of the metal, minerals, plastic and glass in mobile phones can be recycled. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and allows us to re-use scarce resources.
Mobile phones and accessories can be recycled through the official mobile phone industry recycling program MobileMuster. To recycle with MobileMuster you can: find a local drop off point near you; pick up a free reply paid postage satchel at your local post office or download and print a free reply paid label.
Sell your office furniture in local papers, trading post or online. The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre, may accept your donation. Call them first on 9658 6280 to check.
Small, dry, essentially empty paint tins can be placed in the yellow recycling bin. NSW EPA runs free chemical collection days at various sites throughout the year. The collection accepts all household chemicals including paint. For more information call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit Household Chemical CleanOut.
Paint can also be taken daily to Belrose Resource Recovery Centre on Crozier Road, Belrose. Consolidate your oil based paint and in another container consolidate your water based paint. There is no maximum limit for domestic paint, fees apply. Empty dry paint cans are accepted for recycling at Belrose for free or can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin at home.
Belrose Transfer Station
Crozier Road, Belrose
6am to 5pm Monday to Friday
7am to 5pm Saturday
8am to 5pm Sunday
Crown Pallets specialise in the removal and recycling of waste pallets, all types and sizes at a reasonable cost. Alternatively sell your pallets via local papers, trading post or online. Refer to your local Yellow Pages for a list of pallet recyclers.
Reverse Garbage in Marrickville may accept sheets of perspex. Call first to ensure that they are able to take your donation on 02 9569 3132 .
Place your bread, frozen food, rice and pasta bags, biscuit and confectionary packets, cereal box liners, plastic shopping bags and old green bags in the REDcycle bin at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.
REDcycle will recycle them into outdoor furniture for primary schools and pre-schools.
Boutique plastic bags can be given to Charity shops.
Hard Plastic containers go into your yellow lid recycling bin at home.
Donate to charity. Alternatively, if the pots and pans are essentially metal put in a separate pile with other metals for your Bulky Goods general clean up so they can go to metal recycling.
There are 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. It lists current sharps disposal sites in Sydney and sells sharps disposal containers. It also has a disposal facility at 26 Arundel St, Glebe.
- Alternatively, visit Clinic 16, Royal North Shore Hospital, Herbert Street, St Leonards or Mona Vale Hospital, Emergency Department, Coronation Street.
Televisions can be recycled for free at Belrose Waste Recovery Centre on Crozier Road, Harvey Norman warehouse at Balgowlah and Kimbriki. They accept up to 15 items (including computer and computer equipment) for free.
Donate timber (un-treated) to a second-hand building materials supplier.
See Cartridges – printer.
Peninsula Senior Citizens Toy Repair Group Inc. fix used and unused toys and donate them to charities that care for children. They take all kinds of soft and educational toys, dolls, games and bikes (up to 20" wheel size). Please NO battery operated toys. Toys must be repairable. Drop-off locations:
- Avalon, Belrose, Dee Why, Manly, Mona Vale and Warringah Mall libraries
- Kimbriki or call 9486 3542
Harvey Norman will accept whitegoods (fridges, washing machines) for recycling upon purchase and delivery of a new product, call 9948 4511.
Whitegoods can be taken to Kimbriki free of charge. Alternatively leave your whitegoods in a separate pile with other metal goods at your next Bulky Goods general clean up service for metal recycling.
Donate to a second-hand building materials supplier. Sell in local papers, trading post or on eBay.
See also - Building Materials
Unit 2/10 Rodborough Road
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
Phone 1300 247 266