Kerbside Recycling

Kerbside recycling across the Northern Sydney Region of Councils is collected in different ways by our member councils.  But whichever system is used, plastic bags don’t go in recycling bins and bagged recycling ends up going to landfill. So empty that bag of recycling into the right bin and put the bag into the red lid bin when you have finished with it.

After the truck empties your recycling bin it takes the recycling to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to be sorted. You can see how that happens at  https://youtu.be/asO-GUnKn1c

Plastic bags, bread bags and other soft plastics and items like rope, straps, belts, hoses, string, and cables can all get tangled around the machinery at the MRF.  This causes multiple stoppages for clearing and slows down the whole process. So keep those items out of your recycling bin.

What to do with plastic bags and other soft plastics

If the plastic items can easily be squashed in your hand (ie: bread and potato bags, plastic film, chip packet wrappers and biscuit trays), they don’t go in the yellow-lidded recycling bin. These items can be recycled through the Redcycle soft plastics collections at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.   Find out more at:  https://www.cleanup.org.au/soft-plastics-recycling

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What goes in your recycling bin?

In Hornsby, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby Councils recycling is collected using a YELLOW lid bin only.

YELLOW LID RECYCLING BIN

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Put it in

Disposable plastic bottles and containers from the kitchen bathroom and laundry

Aluminium and steel cans including empty aerosols. Empty dry paint tins

Glass bottles and jars

Foil-lined milk and juice cartons and lids (plastic and metal).
Remove lids from bottles and jars and place in recycling separately.

Newspapers and magazines

Office paper and envelopes (window face are fine)

Telephone books

Clean cardboard such as egg and cardboard milk cartons, Tissue boxes and clean pizza boxes

Leave it out

Window or mirror glass,

Plastic toys

Crockery, porcelain, ceramics, and Pyrex

Light bulbs

Polystyrene packing foam (even with a recycling triangle and number on it)

Styrofoam and EPS meat trays,

Paint tins containing paint

Nappies

Food-soiled paper and cardboard

Waxed cardboard

Plastic bags and plastic wrap.

Bagged recycling

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In Hunters Hill, Kur-ring-gai, Lane Cove and Mosman Councils recycling is collected using a two-bin system (BLUE and YELLOW lids)

TWO BIN RECYCLING

Paper & cardboard recycling (BLUE LID)

Put it in

Office paper and envelopes (window face are fine)

Newspapers and magazines

Telephone books

Clean cardboard

Egg cartons and cardboard milk cartons Tissue boxes and clean pizza boxes

Leave it out

Nappies

Food-soiled paper and cardboard

Waxed cardboard

Plastic bags and plastic wrap.

Bagged Recycling

TWO BIN RECYCLING

Mixed recycling (YELLOW LID)

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Put it in

Disposable plastic bottles and containers from the kitchen bathroom and laundry

Aluminium and steel cans including empty aerosols

Empty dry paint tins

Glass bottles and jars Foil-lined milk and juice cartons and lids (plastic and metal).
Remove lids from bottles and jars and place in recycling separately.

Leave it out

Window or mirror glass,

Plastic toys

Crockery, porcelain, ceramics, and Pyrex

Light bulbs

Polystyrene packing foam (even with a recycling triangle and number on it)

Styrofoam and EPS meat trays,

Paint tins containing paint

Nappies

Food-soiled paper and cardboard

Waxed cardboard

Plastic bags and plastic wrap.

Bagged recycling

Links to your council

Check out your local Council’s waste & recycling page for more detail on what goes in which bin

Recycling Collection – City of Ryde (nsw.gov.au)

What can I put in my bins? | Hornsby Shire Council (nsw.gov.au)

What goes in which bin – Hunter’s Hill Council (nsw.gov.au)

Lane Cove Council – What Can Be Recycled? (nsw.gov.au)

Recycling in Ku-ring-gai Ku-ring-gai (nsw.gov.au)

Household Recycling | Mosman Council (nsw.gov.au)

North Sydney Council – Household Waste (nsw.gov.au)

Recycling bin Willoughby City Council (nsw.gov.au)

Household Problem Waste

To better protect our environment and the health of the community, the NSW EPA has funded Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) across NSW with two CRCs located in the Northern Sydney Region.  The centres are operated by the member councils in partnership with the EPA. Funding for the centres comes from the waste levy, as part of Waste Less, Recycle More.

The Northern Sydney CRC is located at 8 Waltham St Artarmon and is operated by North Sydney Councils on behalf of six partner councils (Hunter’s Hill, Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby) Go to Recycling Centre | NSROC for details of what is considered problem waste and what is accepted.

The Thornleigh CRC is located at 29 Sefton Rd Thornleigh and is operated by Hornsby Council. See Community Recycling Centre | Hornsby Shire Council (nsw.gov.au) for more information.

What about chemicals?

CHEMICALS are not accepted at either CRC.  The way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event.  Dates and locations can be found at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/recycling-and-reuse/household-recycling-overview/find-crcs-or-hcco

Recycling Facts

Did you know?

  • On average, Australians produce more than 2kg of waste per person every day – this is the second highest amount in the world behind the US!
  • Australia leads the world as the number one recycler of old newspapers, recycling over 70 per cent.
  • By recycling one aluminium can you’re saving enough energy to run your TV for three hours.
  • Each cardboard milk carton can be recycled into five sheets of office paper.
  • It takes about one million years for a glass bottle to break down in landfill.
  • Producing new plastic from recycled materials only uses two-thirds of the energy required to make plastic from raw materials.
  • The most common form of hazardous waste generated by Australians is in the form of batteries.
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