Recycling in Sydney: What You Can and Can’t Recycle

As global citizens, we all have a responsibility to ensure we are doing everything we can in our day-to-day lives to reduce our impact on the Earth. The best way to do this is to recycle all that we can. Every household and business in Sydney creates waste that can be recycled, and it has never been easier to do so.

However! We understand it can be difficult to understand exactly what you CAN and CAN’T recycle. So, to help you make the right decision, we’ve put together a helpful guide to recycling in Sydney.

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Knowing what you can and can’t recycle is very important in making sure we recycle as much as possible, and for ensuring nothing nasty ends up in landfill.

What You Can Recycle

• Glass bottles and glass gars

• Paper, cardboard and magazines (including phone books)

• Hard plastic containers, such as containers from soft drinks, milk, ice-cream, margarine and yoghurt

• Aluminium cans, including aerosol cans, steel cans and foil

• Soft plastics

• Paper cups (but NOT coffee cups)

What You Can’t Recycle

• E-waste

• Plastic bags (such as bread bags, biscuit and confectionery packets, and rice/pasta bags

• Polystyrene, including meat trays, and packaging

• Glass products, such as globes, mirrors, drinking glasses and window glass

• Nappies

• Sharps and syringes

• Paint Tins

• Scrap metal

• Batteries

Special Items

E-waste: E-waste is a common term for electronic waste — computers, keyboards, mobile phones, televisions etc. These items cannot be disposed of in either general waste or recycling bins, however there are dedicated e-waste recycling facilities around Sydney that you can access.

Paint Tins: Although you can recycle aluminium cans and other metal products in your weekly council rubbish collection, paint tins are not allowed. Pain can poison the earth if it ends up in landfill — so paint tins need to be disposed of responsibly.

Scrap metal: Disposing of scrap metals responsibly is very important. Most metal types are entirely recyclable and making sure you do your part can make all the different when it comes to helping preserve our resources. There are scrap metal recycling plants all around Sydney.

Batteries: Dumping of batteries, either in landfill or your weekly rubbish rubbish removal service, is illegal, and for good reason. Batteries contain a whole bunch of nasty chemical, including mercury, alkaline, cadmium, nickel and lead acid. All of these are terribly harmful to the environment if they make their way into soil or water supplies.

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