household items

Recycling involves turning waste into new products.

Recycled plastics are made into things like fabrics, carpets and plastic bottles. Steel is often made into building products or car parts and glass can be recycled into new glass bottles. Recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours and recycling one tonne of paper saves 30,000 litres of water.

Yellow Lid Bins

Yellow lid bins are for recycling household items.

Ensure that all items are empty of food scraps and liquids prior to placing in the bin. Yellow lid bins are collected fortnightly by your local council. The following items can be placed in your bin for recycling:

  • paper and cardboard;
  • glass bottles and jars;
  • steel and aluminum tins and cans;
  • rigid plastics

Each regions collection services may vary slightly.

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Green Lid Bins

Green lid bins are for garden waste.

These bins are collected on the alternate week to the yellow lid bin. The garden waste is taken to a composting facility where it is processed into mulch and compost that can be used on parks, gardens and sporting fields.  Items that can be placed in the green lid bin are:

  • grass clippings
  • twigs
  • leaves
  • prunings
  • flowers
  • all types of garden weeds.

Some councils offer a green waste drop off service or scheduled kerbside pick ups.

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Community Recycling Centres

Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) are drop off centres for common household problem wastes that are not accepted through kerbside collection services.

Only household quantities of these materials will be accepted; that is 20 litres or 20 kilograms of waste. The following problem wastes can be dropped off at CRC’s for free, all year round.

  • paint
  • gas bottles
  • fire extinguishers
  • motor oils
  • other oils
  • car batteries
  • household batteries
  • smoke detectors
  • fluoro globes and tubes

All of these items can be taken to your Local Council waste transfer station.

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Community Recycling Stations are located in Hunter Region Council Administration Buildings and libraries.

They accept:

  • household batteries;
  • unbroken fluoro tubes and globes;
  • mobile phones; and
  • smoke detectors.
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Household Battery Recycling

Household Battery Recycling

Batteries are made up of heavy metals and other toxic elements such as nickel, mercury and lead acid. If these elements are not recycled or disposed of correctly, they can have very damaging effects on the environment. When batteries end up in landfills, they can leak and cause health risks.

What you can do:

  1. reduce battery use
  2. use rechargeable batteries
  3. dispose of batteries at recycling stations.
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Car Batteries

Car batteries, also known as lead-acid batteries, are a hazardous waste.  They leak acid which is harmful to the environment and to health. They should not be placed in any kerbside bin. Car batteries can be taken to Household Chemical Cleanouts (see below).

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Household Chemical Cleanouts

Household Chemical Cleanouts are held several times a year at various locations around the Hunter Region. Dates and locations can be found at NSW EPA Household Chemical Clean Out. Household quantities (20 litres or 20 kilograms) of the following chemicals can be taken for free:

  • solvents and household cleaners
  • floor care products
  • ammonia-based cleaners
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • poisons
  • pool chemicals
  • hobby chemicals
  • acids and alkalis
  • motor fuels
  • car batteries.