Blue Mountains City Council




 

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Aerosol cans Empty aerosol cans can be placed in your yellow recycling bin.
Aluminium cans, foil and containers (clean)

Recycling aluminium cans, foil and containers saves 95% of the energy it would take to make a can from scratch.

Ensure your aluminium containers are rinsed and placed in your yellow recycling bin to prevent us from losing this valuable resource to landfill.

Aluminium foil / containers (soiled)

Soiled aluminium foil and containers can't be recycled and must be placed into your red garbage bin.

Note: Cans can be recycled if there is some food residue but foil and aluminium containers need to be clean before going into your yellow recycling bin.

Asbestos Asbestos is accepted ONLY at Blaxland Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility. Accepted Monday to Friday 9am - 2:30pm with 24 hours prior arrangement. Call 4739 2432 to book and discuss pricing.

 

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Batteries (AAA, AA etc.) Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility and Aldi supermarkets accept batteries for safe handling.
All batteries contain dangerous metals and chemicals. Dropping off batteries to a specialised battery collection point ensures these metals are recovered and cannot cause environmental damage.
For more information on other recycling points visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au
Bicycles

Working bicycles can be taken to your local charity or taken to the following facilities:

  • Reuse Shed at Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities
  • Reuse Shed (opening soon) at Blaxland Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities

For more information on these drop-off points visit Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Books

Non-damaged books can be donated to your local charity or for reuse at the following facilities:

  • Reuse Shed at Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility
  • Reuse Shed (opening soon) at Blaxland Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility

Damaged books can be placed into your yellow recycling bin.

Bottle tops and jar lids These can be disposed of in your yellow recycling bin. Try and keep like with like e.g. keep plastic lids on plastic bottles / remove metal lids from glass packaging and collect in a metal can.
Bubble wrap Bubble wrap should be reused if possible as it can't be recycled and will be deposited in landfill once placed into your red garbage bin.
Social media is a great way to find people who might want to reuse items like bubble wrap. There are a number of Blue Mountains specific reuse groups on Facebook.
Building materials

Separated building materials (not including asbestos) such as bricks, unreinforced concrete, roof tiles and earthenware pipes are accepted at the following facilities for a fee. Refer to our fees and charges page for more information.
Mixed construction and demolition waste can also be disposed of at these facilities although the fee is higher than sorted and separated items.

  • Blaxland Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility
  • Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

 

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Car batteries

Car batteries can be dropped off for free at the following facilities if separated from other waste:

All batteries contain dangerous metals and chemicals. Dropping off batteries to a specialised battery collection point ensures these metals are recovered and cannot cause environmental damage. For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Car parts

Cars have a huge number of components, many of which can be recycled. Talk to your local second hand car yard. No car parts should ever be placed in household bins.  The following facilities accept car parts:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Cardboard (non waxed) Cardboard can be placed into your yellow bin for recycling. Boxes should be collapsed to maximise room in your yellow recycling bin.
Cardboard (waxed) Waxed cardboard can't be recycled.  This material can be placed into your red garbage bin where it will be sent to landfill.
Carpet

Small amounts of carpet can be placed into your red garbage bin.
Larger quantities of carpet can be taken to the following facilities:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

CDs and DVDs CDs and DVDs unfortunately can't be recycled. Think of ways to reuse them (hang over your veggie patch or in fruit trees to deter birds). Otherwise put them into your red garbage bin.
Cellophane Cellophane can't be recycled and must be placed into your red garbage bin.
Ceramics Broken ceramics can't be recycled and should be placed into your red garbage bin. Any items suitable for reuse can be given to friends, listed to sell online or taken to an op shop.
Chemicals

Visit Council’s web page to find out about upcoming Chemical CleanOut days. Alternatively, some chemicals can be dropped off for free anytime at the following facility:

For more information visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility (RRWMF) page.

Clean fill

Clean fill (virgin excavated natural material soil without any vegetation) can be disposed of at the following facility:

Please note a charge will be applied per tonne, please refer to our fees and charges page.
For more information on this drop-off point visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Cling wrap Cling wrap can't be recycled via your kerbside service. Ask your local supermarket if they collect soft plastics for recycling, otherwise dispose of via your red garbage bin as a last resort.
Clothing / textiles

Clothing and textiles can take a lot of effort and resources to create and sending them to landfill means losing valuable resources. If clothing is still in good condition consider donating to a local charity, swapping with friends or even selling online.
If clothing is not in good condition, it can be taken to the following facility to be recycled by The Smith Family into rags / punch bag filler or carpet underlay:

For more information on this drop-off point visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Coffee cups Coffee cups (either polystyrene or paper with a plastic coating) can't be recycled.
The only way to dispose of this growing waste item is in the red garbage bin which goes to landfill. For this reason, it's important to buy and use a reusable coffee cup if possible.
Coffee pods

Emptied and stacked coffee pods can be recycled in your yellow recycling bin and the coffee grounds can be composted.

Reusable pods are available from many online retailers.

Construction / demolition mixed waste

Construction / demolition mixed waste (not including asbestos) can be accepted at the following facilities:

Please note a charge will be applied per tonne, please refer to our fees and charges page.
For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

 

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Egg cartons Egg cartons can go into your yellow recycling bin.
Electronic waste (computers etc.)

Televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers, scanners and computer parts can be dropped off at the following facilities:

E-waste (computers and accessories) is a growing problem in Australia. Computers contain a variety of different components and many of which are toxic and can cause environmental damage if sent to landfill. They also contain valuable resources such as gold. By dropping them off at a local transfer station you can ensure these resources are being recovered and not causing environmental damage.

 

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Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can be dropped off at the following facility for free:

Alternatively you can drop-off fire extinguishers at the following facilities on cleanout dates only (refer to our Chemical CleanOut page for more info):

Fluorescent light tubes / globes

Fluorescent light globes contain mercury which can be dangerous if put into landfill. Light globes can be dropped off at the following facility for free if separated from other waste:

Alternatively you can drop off light globes at the following facilities on cleanout dates only (refer to our Chemical CleanOut page for more info):

Food waste

The best way to manage your food waste is to compost it at home or place it into a worm farm. If you do not have either of these, you can place your food waste into your red garbage bin.

Australia produces 4.45 million tonnes of food waste every year. That equates to about a quarter of the food we buy. When food is thrown into landfill it breaks down and generates methane, a dangerous climate change gas.

For more information on food waste as well as how to avoid it, storage and shopping tips and some fantastic recipes visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au

If you are interested in starting to compost visit compostrevolution.com.au for a tutorial and the chance to purchase a discounted compost bin.

Furniture

Clean furniture in good condition can be taken to your local charity shop, you should call ahead and check that they would like it. Otherwise you can drop furniture off at the following facilities:

If the furniture isn't usable you can book a free bulky waste pick up. Every household has two free kerbside services per financial year.

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

 

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Garden waste

Garden waste can be placed in your green garden bin for recycling. This service is collected fortnightly. We also offer a kerbside chipping service. Additional green waste can also be taken to the following facilities:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Gas bottles

Gas bottles can be dropped off for free at the following facilities:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Glass (bottles and jars)

Glass bottles and jars can be placed into your yellow bin for recycling. Large quantities can be dropped off for free at the following facilities if separated from other waste:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Glass (drinking glasses) The glass used to make drinking glasses unfortunately can't be recycled through your kerbside service. Please wrap and put into your red garbage bin.
Glass (eye glasses) Glasses are an expensive product and while a pair may no longer be suitable for your eyes, it doesn't mean someone else won't find them useful. Chat to your local optometrist to see if they collect old glasses to send overseas to people in need.
Glass (window glass)

Window glass can't be recycled and must be safely placed into your red garbage bin or dropped off at the following facilities:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

 

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Ice cream containers You can put ice cream containers in your yellow recycling bin.

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Junk mail After any plastic wrapping has been removed, junk mail can be placed into your yellow recycling bin.

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Lids and bottle tops These can be disposed of in your yellow recycling bin. Try and keep like with like e.g. keep plastic lids on plastic bottles / remove metal lids from glass packaging and collect in a metal can.
 

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Meat trays Hard plastic meat trays can be recycled in your yellow recycling bin. Polystyrene or foam trays can't be recycled so avoid these if possible or put them into your red garbage bin.
Medicine Check with your local chemist if they will accept unwanted or expired medicines for safe disposal or check the following website www.returnmed.com.au.  Medicines are also accepted for disposal at our Chemical CleanOut events.
Microwave

If the microwave is safe and still working, consider selling online or ask an op shop if they sell home appliances. Otherwise it will be accepted as scrap metal which can be dropped at the following facilities for free if separated from other waste:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Mixed waste

Mixed waste can be dropped off at the following facilities for a fee. Please refer to our fees and charges page for more information.

Mixed waste is more likely to end up in landfill, costing you more and reducing the life of our precious landfill. You can save money by sorting items and delivering them separately for recycling.

Mobile phones

Over 90% of the materials used in a mobile are recyclable, avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting our environment and conserving scarce natural resources. While mobile phones cannot be recycled through the yellow recycling bin they can be dropped off at Council’s Springwood and Katoomba offices.

For more information on mobile phone recycling you can also visit www.mobilemuster.com.au

Motor oils

Motor oil can be accepted at the following facilities for free:

 

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Used oils can be dropped off at the following facility for free all year round:

Alternatively you can drop-off used oil at the following facilities on cleanout dates only (refer to our Chemical CleanOut page for more info):

 

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Paint and paint tins

Paint can be stored for up to ten years. Keeping touch-up paint available will help you maintain your building without having to completely repaint.

If you still have large amounts of paint, consider donating it to a community organisation that can use it.
Household quantities of clean, dry paint cans can be recycled in your yellow recycling bin. Click on the links below for programs and organisations that accept unwanted paint and paint cans in your area:

Paint tins either with or without paint can be dropped off at:

On Chemical CleanOut days paint either with or without pain can also be dropped off at:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Phone books Old phone books can be recycled in your yellow recycling bin.
Pizza boxes Pizza boxes can be recycled in your yellow recycling bin, just remove any food before you throw it away.
Plastic bags

3.9 billion plastic bags are used annually in Australia. Try to remember to take reusable shopping bags with you instead.
Plastic bags and other soft plastics (including cling wrap) can't be recycled through your kerbside recycling service. Soft plastic recycling is available at some supermarkets and retail outlets.

Ask your local supermarket if they collect soft plastics for recycling. Otherwise use your red garbage bin as a last resort.

Plastic containers Empty, clean, rigid household plastic containers can be recycled in your yellow recycling bin.
Polystyrene

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) cannot be recycled at the kerbside, instead it can be accepted for recycling at the following facilities for FREE if clean and separated from other materials:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

 

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Scrap metal

Scrap metal can be accepted at the following facilities for free if separated from other waste:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Sharps

Sharps should never be disposed of in any of your household bins. If you have a medical condition that requires the use of syringes and medical sharps ensure you dispose of them correctly. Place in a rigid container and take to Katoomba Community Health Centre, 92 Waratah Street, Katoomba or Springwood Community Health Centre, 288 - 292 Macquarie Road, Springwood.

To find another site near you visit www.safesharps.org.au/

Smoke detectors

Smoke detectors contain hazardous materials which can be dangerous if put into landfill, instead they can dropped off at the following facility all year round:

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Soft plastic packaging

Plastic bags and other soft plastics and wrappers (including cling wrap) can't be recycled through your kerbside recycling service. Soft plastic recycling is available at some supermarkets and retail outlets.

Ask your local supermarket if they collect soft plastics for recycling. Otherwise use your red garbage bin as a last resort.
3.9 billion plastic bags are used annually in Australia. Try to remember to take reusable shopping bags with you instead.

Soil

Soil cannot be put into your green garden organic bin.
Soil and organic mixed waste can be taken to the following facilities:

Please note a charge will be applied per tonne, please refer to the RRWMF fees and charges page on our website

 

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Take away containers Empty , clean, rigid plastic take away containers can be recycled by being placed into your yellow recycling bin.
Foam / polystyrene take away containers can't be recycled and must be placed into your red garbage bin.
Televisions

The following facility accepts televisions for recycling as part of our electronic waste (e-waste) collection.

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Timber

Treated or untreated timber can be accepted at the following facilities:

Please note a charge will be applied per tonne, please refer to our RRWMF fees and charges.
For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Toner (printer) cartridges

Toner (printer) cartridges can't be recycled through your yellow recycling bin.

You can drop-off your used or empty laser and inkjet cartridges at all Officeworks and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets. Inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges and toner bottles are accepted. This includes cartridges used in printer, photocopiers and fax machines.

Check recyclingnearyou.com.au for recycling outlets in your area.

Toys Consider re-gifting good toys to friends, selling online or offer them to op shops or the reuse shed at Katoomba RRWMF. If an item is unsuitable for reuse you can put it into your red garbage bin as a last resort.
Tree waste

Tree waste / logs and stumps (trunks up to 500mm diameter, branches, pruning's) can be accepted at the following facilities:

Please note a charge will be applied per tonne, please refer to our RRWMF fees and charges.

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

Tyres

Whole car and 4wheel drive tyres (maximum of 5 tyres) can be accepted at the following facilities for a fee. Large whole truck tyres and large heavy plant tyres (earthmoving or similar) can also be accepted and charged by weight (refer to our fees and charges page for more information):

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

 

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Whitegoods

Whitegoods can contain significant amounts of metals, insulating materials, refrigerants and other substances.

These items are best dropped off at your local Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility to ensure they are handled correctly.

You can place certain whitegoods out for collection in your booked bulky waste service. For more information about bulky waste including what items are suitable for collection or how to book a service visit the ‘More Information’ section of the app.

Alternatively whitegoods can be dropped off at the following facilities:

If you have a second fridge you no longer need, these can be collected as part of Fridge Buyback, an award winning energy savings program. Details of this initiative can be found here.

For more information on these drop-off points visit our Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities (RRWMF) page.

 

Wrappers

Plastic bags and other soft plastics and wrappers (including cling wrap) can't be recycled through your kerbside recycling service. Soft plastic recycling is available at some supermarkets and retail outlets.

Ask your local supermarket if they collect soft plastics for recycling. Otherwise use your red garbage bin as a last resort.

3.9 billion plastic bags are used annually in Australia. Try to remember to take reusable shopping bags with you instead.

 

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X-ray films

X-ray films can't be recycled through your yellow recycling bin. Look up a recycling facility near you at recyclingnearyou.com.au, some will accept old x-rays for recycling via mail.

 

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