In many cases the materials you place out for collection as rubbish can be recycled or reused rather than being disposed of. Toys, crockery, clothing and electrical items can easily find a new home. Below is a list of some of the organisations that will take your unwanted materials and reuse or recycle them.
Accepts reusable industrial refuse, furniture, computers, toys and other household items. 132 Addison Road, Marrickville. Tel: 9569 3132
Accepts good quality reusable items, but does not accept mattresses, books, clothes, ovens, washing machines or computers. Tel: 9568 6280
The Smith Family
Accepts good quality clothing, household items and furniture. Tel: 9586 4996 or 9550 7166
St Vincent de Paul
Accepts good quality clothing, small household items, books, furniture and bric-a-brac. Tel: 9580 2459
Accepts scrap metal and will even pay for disposing of it. Tel: 9774 8700
Removes only dumped shopping trolleys. Tel: 1800 641 497
Sita Rockdale Waste & Recycling Centre
Accepts unlimited amounts of metal items, cardboard, paper and recyclable plastic, glass bottles and containers. The Centre also accepts limited quantities of other materials from each person: car and truck batteries, whitegoods. Prices are quoted for recycling paint. Click here for more information.
Sita Lucas Heights Waste & Recycling Centre
Accepts the same materials as Rockdale Transfer Station. New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights Monday to Friday 6am–4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am–5pm. Tel: 1300 651 116
Yahoo Freecycle Website
Yahoo Groups is a free website where people with similar interest can contact each other. The Yahoo Freecycle Group allows people from the Southern Suburbs of Sydney to give away for free items that they don’t need anymore so that they can be reused rather than thrown away. You can access this group through this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freecycle_sydney_south/
There are clothing bins throughout the City of Rockdale including around many libraries and churches. These bins allow you to give clean unwanted clothing to charity.
For information on disposing asbestos you can call the Department of Environment and Climate Change Pollution Line on 131 555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Council’s Waste Education Officer on 9562 1533
Safe Disposal of Household Chemicals
Clean out your household's chemical clutter the right way with CleanOut - a FREE service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals. Household chemicals can be taken to various temporary CleanOut drop-off centres throughout the year. For more information visit www.cleanout.com.au
Minimise Hazardous Household Chemicals
Keep your home healthy and green by reducing and minimising your family’s exposure to hazardous household chemicals. Visit www.safersolutions.org.au for safer alternatives for use in the home, in the garden and DIY renovation.
Return your old and unwanted medicines to any pharmacy for free and safe disposal. Visit www.returnmed.com.au or call 1300 650 835.
Mobile Phone Recycling
MobileMuster is the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry. Visit www.mobilemuster.com.au or call 1300 730 070.
http://www.oilrecycling.gov.au tells you how to correctly dispose of your used oil, uses for recycled oil and effects that used oil can have on the environment. Also features a directory to find your nearest used oil drop-off station, used oil collector and used oil recycler.
Other Useful Websites
Not sure if it can be recycled? Visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au and search for local recycling information either by Council area or product. Also has information about other recycling programs.
Visit www.livingthing.net.au and stay up-to-date on all the latest recycling programs.
www.environment.nsw.gov.au NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change
www.sita.com.au SITA Australia
www.visy.com.au Visy Packaging and Recycling company