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 

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.

Batteries

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.

Super Cheap Auto and Repco Auto Parts accepts used car batteries.

You can also take ANY sort of battery to your local Community Recycling Centre.

Bikes

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.

Bras

Even old bras can find a new life. The Uplift Project takes new and old bras and gives them to women in need. Click here to find out your local drop off point.

Blankets

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.

Books

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!

Building materials

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.

Cars

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

Old business attire can be donated to either Dress for Success or Fitted for Work. Visit their websites to find out what type of clothing is suitable to donate and drop off locations.

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.

Cork

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:

  • Televisions
  • 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.

Fire Extinguisher

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!

Furniture

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.

Gas Bottles

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.

Glasses

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.

Light globes

Fluorescent, halogens, and LEDs globes can be recycled at your local Community Recycling Centre.

Linen

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.

Mattresses

There are several mattress recyclers in Sydney, some have a small cost for pickup:

Mobile Phones

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.

Paint

Recycle paint at your local Community Recycling Centre.

Plastic wrapping

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.

Polystyrene

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:

  • Cartridges
  • Toner bottles
  • Fuser and drum units
  • Print heads
  • Waste hoppers/containers collectors and kits.

Running shoes

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.

Soft Toys

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.

Toiletries

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

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.

Tyres

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

  • http://www.ozrecycle.com/

 

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?

Photo by Jakub Jacobsky on Unsplash.

 

 

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