What can be recycled? And where can I recycle it?
Surely upcycling and recycling must be one of the best free things we can all do. But finding what you can recycle and where can be a huge pain in the butt. So we’ve put together the big list of what and where to recycle in Sydney. No more curb side cleanup days.
When donating to charities please only donate clean and useful items! Please check their website or send them an email before donating to make sure your donation is going to the right place!
P.S It is a constantly evolving list so please let us know if you have any thing else we can include.
Baby items can be donated to several organisations within the Sydney region. Many of these organisations direct donate to families in need. Please check before donating as many of the companies have limited storage facilities and specific requests.
Recycle your old batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries – rechargeable and non- rechargeable) at any Aldi location across Sydney or Australia. The City of Sydney Council also has some battery recycling drop off points in the Sydney CBD.
Battery World accepts ANY battery for recycling (including car batteries) at any of their locations.
You can also take ANY sort of battery to your local Community Recycling Centre.
Bikes are an amazing transport option for those in need. Check out Give Now’s list of organisations that accept bike donations. The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre also accepts bike (even if they need a bit of tinkering), but please check with them before dropping off.
Warmth and comfort are surely basic human needs that everyone is entitled to. Check out Give Now’s list of organisations that accept blanket donations for both humans and animals in need.
Every op shop in your local area will accept your preloved books. You could also check with your local schools, preschools, hospitals and even doctors.
The Footpath Library will also on-donate your unwanted books and magazines to homeless people to help enrich their lives.
Otherwise check out Give Now’s list of specific organisations that need books!
Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre is not your ordinary rubbish dump! They have a ‘Buy Back Centre’ that recycles and upcycles all manner of old building materials. Check with them before donating goods.
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre may also have a use for your old building materials – but give them a buzz to check first.
Yep, you can even recycle your old car! Check out Give Now’s list of organisations that want your old rattler.
Clothes – un-usale
Unusable clothes can be recycled via H&Ms Garment Collection Program. There are drop off bins in each store.
Clothes – baby
There are various charities in Sydney that accept good, used baby clothes. Many of these organisations direct donate to families in need. Please check before donating as many of the organisations have limited storage facilities and specific requests.
Used baby clothes can also be donated to your local Op Shop.
Clothes – business attire
Clothes – various
Good usable clothing can be donated to your local Op Shop. For a comprehensive list of where else to donate clothing check out Give Now’s website.
Unfortunately there are no longer any charities that recycle corks. Corks are however completely compostable so put them in your compost bin!
Electricals – working
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre may take your old working electrical items.
Electricals – not working
Your local Council may have drop off points for broken electrical items. If not the City of Sydney will accept electrical items from anyone! They will accept the following items:
- Computers – desktops, monitors, laptops and printers
- Home and home office equipment – photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, servers, projectors, DVD players and video recorders
- Computer peripherals such as joysticks
- Electronic games, CDs, DVDs, tapes and cameras
- Electronic components
- Phones – mobiles and landlines
- Small household appliances – vacuum cleaners, microwaves, stereos, and pedestal fans
- Power tools – drills, circular saws and power boards, electric lawnmowers, electric trimmers, electric leaf blowers (no gas-powered items, please).
White goods may on occasion be accepted by some of the charities listed under the furniture category IF they are in good working order. Otherwise organise recycling via your Council.
Recycle your old fire extinguisher at your local Community Recycling Centre.
Food scraps (organic)
Amazingly you can even recycle your fruit and veg food scraps via ShareWaste – just register, find a local neighbour who has a hungry compost bin or chooks and off you go!
Friends with Dignity provide assistance to anyone who have been displaced by domestic violence. They post what they need to furnish new homes on their Facebook page. Give and Take also operate in a similar manner.
Generous & Grateful accept whitegoods, beds, mattresses, TVs, Sofa, dining room sets, microwaves, drawers, as well as side tables etc.
Your local op shop is also a good place to rehome furniture but check with them first.
Furniture – broken
Depending on the nature of the item, The Bower Reuse and Recycle Centre may accept your broken furniture for repair. Check with them first.
Recycle gas bottles at your local Community Recycling Centre.
Green Shopping Bags
Green shopping bags can be recycled via Redcycle. You will find Redcycle bins at many supermarkets.
Green bags may also be collected by your local Council at their waste recycling facility, check your Council’s website for further details.
Reading glasses are upcycled and recycled by several organisations:
Jewellery and handbags
Along with your local Op Shop jewellery and handbags can be donated to The Beauty Bank.
Fluorescent, halogens, and LEDs globes can be recycled at your local Community Recycling Centre.
Old linen can be recycled via H&Ms garment collection program. There are drop off bins in each store.
Your local RSPCA or vet may also require linen for animal care. Also check with your local vet or other animal welfare organisations.
There are several mattress recyclers in Sydney, some have a small cost for pickup:
Recycling (via Mobile Muster) is one option for old mobile phones, however there are also charities that desperately need them! Check out Give Now’s list of organisations that will reuse your old phone.
Phones can be recycled at your local Community Recycling Centre.
Motor Oils (and other oils)
Recycle used motor oils at your local Community Recycling Centre.
Recycle paint at your local Community Recycling Centre.
Any scrunchable plastic wrap can be recycled via Redcycle. You will find Redcycle bins at many supermarkets. Find a drop off point here. A full list of recyclable items can be found here. Plastic wrap may also be collected by your local Council at their waste recycling facility, check your Council’s website for further details.
We were overjoyed to find out that there are places in Sydney where we can all recycle the moutains of polystyrene that come with so many new purchases. To find out where, visit the EPA website.
Printer cartridges and components
Make sure you drop off old printer cartridges at one of Planet Ark’s many drop off locations around Australia. You can recycle:
- Toner bottles
- Fuser and drum units
- Print heads
- Waste hoppers/containers collectors and kits.
Don’t bin your old running shoes after a few races, drop them off to Shoes for Planet Earth and re-purpose them to those in need around the world. As well as running shoes (no broken soles or holes) they accept insoles and laces.
The RSPCA will accept old soft toys. Please check with them before dropping off!
Tissues and tissue paper
Tissues and tissue paper can only be recycle in your compost bin.
Don’t throw away hotel or airline toiletries or amenity kits…..and any makeup samples are also gratefully accepted by Every Little Bit Helps.
The Beauty Bank also accepts new/unopened toiletries.
Toothbrushes can be recycled via Terracycle. Check out their website for drop off locations.
Tooth paste tubes
Tooth paste tubes can be recycled via Terracycle. Check out their website for drop off locations.
To ensure your old tyres get recycled, make sure you purchase your new tyres from retailers who have pledged to recycle.Look for retailers that are TSA (Tyre Stewardship Australia) accredited. Search here for to find your local retailer.
Freecycle Groups Sydney
We would love to hear from you about what can be recycled in Sydney. Do you have any other recycling tips we can add to the big list of what and where to recycle in Sydney?