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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waste and Resource Recovery Programs

Council supports and participates in several regional, state and national waste prevention and resource recovery programs. These programs are listed below.

Preloved goods that are too good to throw away

The NSROC group of Councils are now Bronze Members of The Bower which is an environmental charity committed to reducing waste going to landfill. They provide good quality items at incredibly low prices to benefit all members of the community. The Bower provides a Collection and Rehoming Service collecting timber furniture, bikes, some electrical appliances and building materials. As members, the service is free to residents of Hunters Hill. To offer goods to The Bower call 02 9568 6280 or email reuse@bower.org.au. The staff will ask you a few simple questions to determine if your items can be reused. If the answer is yes collection will be organised for a Friday. If the answer is no, the Bower staff will refer you to one of more than 1000 organisations, charities, second hand stores and recycling services. Items not accepted are mattresses, chipboard or MDF furniture, dirty/ripped/stained lounges or sofas, washing machines or dishwashers, old bulky TV's, baby/childrens cots, prams or toys, pianos/organs, fitness machines, encyclopaedias and magazines, kitchen fitouts and large goods (stoves/microwaves/large fridges or freezers). If your items are not deemed usable, that the time to book a Household clean up by calling 1300 136 460.

Why call The Bower's collection & rehoming service?
All clean up waste goes to landfill so if you are getting rid of items that could be used by others less fortunate you'll be diverting them from landfill whilst helping others. You can also visit The Bower at 34/142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204 or at 1/14 Hunters St, Parramatta NSW 2150 to be inspired to donate, reuse, repair and upcycle.


Products, waste or building refuse containing asbestos must be disposed of correctly. WorkCover publishes an asbestos fact sheet that explains where asbestos may be found in a typical home.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) publishes information on the safe disposal of asbestos and landfill sites that may be able to accept asbestos waste. http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/asbestos/index.htm

Chemical Clean Out Collections

Chemical Clean Out Collections

Have you ever wondered what to do with those unwanted, out-of-date or leftover household chemicals and paints found in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed?

CleanOut is a FREE service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals which could cause harm to human health and the environment if not disposed correctly. All Chemical CleanOut events the Northern Sydney area are listed on the ink below and are open to all unless otherwise indicated:

Computers and Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Computers and Electronic Waste can be taken to the Community Recycling Centre at 8 Waltham St, ARTARMON. The Centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8am - 2 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am - 4 pm. Leave packaging materials including plastic, Styrofoam and cardboard at home.

If you are a senior resident or a resident with a disability currently living in the Hunters Hill Council area and you E-Waste to dispose of, you may be eligible for a kerbside collection. Please call Council on 9879 9400 and ask for the Waste Manger.

What's Accepted:
All Televisions, including CRT's Plasma, LCD and Projection televisions
Personal computers
Laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets.
Computer Monitors.
Parts for personal computers including internal hard drives, motherboards, cards, internal power supplies, CPUs, DVD and CD drives.
Computer peripherals including mice, joysticks, game pads, scanners and web cameras.
Printers including ink-jet, dot matrix, laser printers and multi-functional devices.
Mobile Phones (Recycle with Mobile Muster at Council)
Game Consoles (eg: Microsoft Xbox's or Sony Playstations)
Video Recorders/DVD Players

What's NOT accepted
Power Tools
Products that have been exposed to radiation, biological or chemical hazard.

Illegal Dumping

Did you know that dumping of garden waste into bushland and reserves is illegal?

Waste is not just rubbish and unwanted material, but also includes garden waste such as; mulch, branches and lopped material, lawn clippings, tree trunks and stumps, leaves, unwanted and dead plants.

What are the real costs of illegally dumping garden waste?

Illegal dumping destroys native bushland and animal habitats by introducing disease, weeds and pests. It also increases the risk of bushfires.

Illegal dumping attracts more illegal dumping and other criminal activities, decreases community pride and discourages people from visiting affected areas.

Illegal dumping costs local and state governments and the community more than $10 million a year in prevention and clean-up costs.

Fines of $5,000 and penalties of up to $5 million or 7 years in jail apply for illegally dumping waste.

Did you know that both the owner of the waste and the transporter are legally responsible for proving the waste was transported to a lawful place?

Report suspected incidences of illegal dumping to Council Enforcement Officers on 9879 9447.

Junk Mail

Time and paper are precious resources. Junk mail, email spam and unsolicited phone calls waste both time and paper, so let's get rid of them!

Globally it is estimated that 100 million trees are harvested to produce junk mail each year. In Australia, 8.2 billion articles of junk mail are produced each year, along with over 650 million articles of addressed promotional mail. Most of this mail is never read. And then there are those unsolicited sales calls at home… Our time and money is wasted and trees unnecessarily harvested. Stop this happening to you.

How to do it now!
Stop junk mail hitting your letterbox. Get a 'No Junk Mail' sticker or sign (from your local hardware store) and put it on your letterbox. If you continue to receive junk mail despite the 'No Junk Mail' sign or sticker, contact and complain to the Distribution Standards Board by visiting The Australian Catalogue Association site or call them on 1800 676 136.

Stop unsolicited sales calls at home. Put your home phone number on the Federal Government managed Do Not Call Register via this link: https://www.donotcall.gov.au/

In addition, by contacting the Australian Direct Marketing Authority on (02) 9277 5400, you can ask them to put your name onto their 'Do not Call, Do not Mail' list. Your name will be circulated to list brokers, who take your name off their list. After approximately six weeks your unsolicited addressed promotional mail will start decreasing.


Mattresses are recycled as part of a booked household clean up Service. You are entitled to two household clean up services per financial year (Call URM Hunters Hill Customer Service on 1300 136 460). When you book a household clean up, you will be asked if you have any mattesses and be advised they are collected on the Monday OR Tuesday of your collection week.
Please note: collection is done by Soft Landing, part of Great Lakes Resource Recovery, a mattress recycling and refurbishment social enterprise that provides jobs and traineeships for people who have experienced barriers to gaining lasting employment.

If you book a mattress collection please ensure you put the mattress/es out. Council is charged per mattress, per collection address including non-presented mattresses. Bookings cannot be changed after 1pm the Thursday before collection and logistics and planning are an important part of our being able to provide this service to our residents.

Mattresses are broken down into their component parts and this material is recycled.

Did you know?
Mattresses are the most common items put out for council collections.
On average people change their mattress every 10 years.
Each year in Australia around 1.25 million mattresses end up in landfill.
An average mattress contains 12.5kg of steel, 2kg of wood and 1.5kg of foam – components Soft Landing separates for recycling, in the process diverting thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill each year.
In 2015-2-16 595 mattresses were diverted from landfill under this programme.

Mobile Phones and Batteries

Mobile Phones and Batteries
There are a wide range of battery types, many of which contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead. Others contain valuable materials like magnesium and zinc. Used rechargeable batteries are a hazardous waste and should not be placed in the garbage bin. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras.

Mobiles Phones can be recycled by dropping them into the Town Hall or the Community Recycling Centre at 8 Waltham St, Artarmon

Batteries: Aldi supermarkets offer a free battery recycling service at all their Australian stores. Any brand of AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries (both rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are accepted. Alternatively simply drop your used batteries into the Community Recycling Centre at 8 Waltham St, Artarmon

Other Household Waste

Visit the Planet Ark Recycling Near You website at www.recyclingnearyou.com.au to find out more about ways to recycle at home.

Look out for upcoming workshops on resource recovery such as composting, worm farming, reducing food waste at home, recycled fashion and tours of waste facilities.

Plastic Bags and "Soft" Scrunchable Plastic


· Plastics have a lifespan of 20-1,000 years depending on its environment.
· Plastic bag litter is lethal, killing at least 100,000 birds, whales, seals and turtles every year. When the dead animal decays, the plastic bags are freed to be re-ingested by other animals for many years to come.
· Not all litter is deliberate. 47% of wind borne litter escaping from landfills is plastic - much of this is plastic bags.

What else can you do?
· Say "no" to plastic bags
· Take your own reusable bags when you go shopping, and use boxes for the groceries
· Leave your reusable bags in the car so you wont forget them for next time
· If you have plastic bags or plastic wrapping/biscuit wrappers etc - did you know you can recycle these at supermarkets?

Plastic bags can’t go in your home recycling bin as they can damage the conveyors and other machinery. However they can now be recycled in the specially marked REDcycle bins at the front of most supermarkets. Bags and other flexible plastics such as biscuit packets, dry cleaning bags and plastic bread bags can also be recycled this way. These plastics will have a new life as sturdy backyard decking, fences, bollards and playground equipment. So next time you go shopping, why not just return your soft plastic to the supermarket for recycling.

Printer Cartridges

Australians throw away more than 18 million printer cartridges every year.

This amounts to over 5,000 tonnes of material, including laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums, that will eventually end up in landfill.

When printer cartridges break apart in landfill, they have the potential to contaminate groundwater and the environment.

You can now drop off your used or empty laser and inkjet cartridges at Council and at all Officeworks and JB HiFi stores, participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, The Good Guys, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets and at Council. Inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges and toner bottles from participating brands (Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta, and Kyocera) are accepted. This includes cartridges used in printers, photocopiers and fax machines.

For a list of locations see link:


Sharps/Syringes can be disposed of safely and free of charge at many local pharmacies.

Unwanted/unused Medicine

Ask your local pharmacy if they have a service to dispose of unwanted or unused medications.

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