Community and event matters

City of Canada Bay is asking all community members to commit to reducing waste and increasing recycling. Together we can 'WasteLess in the Bay.'

Community workshops

The City of Canada Bay provides FREE WasteLess in the Bay events to residents. Visit our Eventbrite site to make a booking.

Other events

Schools waste education

The City of Canada Bay waste contractor SUEZ offers free recycling and waste education lessons for eligible schools. Several workshops covering waste services and recycling are available free of charge to all schools within the City of Canada Bay throughout the school year.

The lessons range from 30 minutes to one hour in duration and are taught in a fun and interactive manner. Join us on a journey of discovery as we investigate the what, where and why of recycling and waste.

For more information, or to arrange a workshop, contact our Waste Education officer on

FREE Residential E-Waste Drop-Off Day

We host a free E-waste drop off day for residents at Cintra Park Car Park, Concord every year. This year's event was held on Saturday, 15 February  Our next E-waste drop off day is planned for Saturday, 20 February 2021.

You can bring:

  • Computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners and faxes
  • Home entertainment devices such as TV’s DVD players and sound systems
  • Mobile phones
  • Household appliances such as irons, kettles, toasters, power tools and vacuum cleaners.


E-waste refers to old electrical appliances either in a state of disrepair or simply obsolete. This includes everything from computers and their accessories, mobile phones, televisions, hairdryers and power tools.

Recycling e-waste

It is important to divert e-waste from landfill as it generates hazardous toxins such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. These toxins are released into soil and groundwater when these items are buried in a landfill. Correct disposal of e-waste is vital to achieving a sustainable future.

For local e-waste recycling options throughout the year, you can see the Officeworks Bring IT Back program.

Annual Household Chemical Cleanout

The NSW Environment Protection Authority established the Household Chemical CleanOut service to help residents safely dispose of household chemicals.

Please note: for a similar service throughout the year, some household problem waste items can be dropped at the City of Canada Bay's Community Recycling Centre.

The City of Canada Bay hosts the Household Chemical CleanOut event annually at Cintra Park car park in Canada Bay. The event is usually held in October each year, but will be held in December 2020 due to COVID–19 impacts. 

Drop off site details 

When: Saturday, 5 December 2020.

Where: Cintra Park car park, Crane Street, Concord

Accepted materials 

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Paint and paint-related products 
  • Pesticides and herbicides 
  • Poisons
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Pool chemicals 
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Car batteries 
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids  
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Floor care products 
  • Gas bottles.  

Note: only household quantities are accepted (20kg or 20L maximum).

Please transport your household chemicals carefully and remain in your vehicle at the drop off site.

For information regarding safe disposal of chemicals or upcoming collections at other locations, please call the Environment Hotline on 131 555 or visit the Household Chemical CleanOut website.

WasteLess in the Bay results

The City of Canada Bay has had a major focus on resource recovery, waste minimisation and management.

We aimed to:

  • Reduce food waste in the red lidded waste bin
  • Recover recyclables lost in the red lidded waste bin
  • Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill
  • Reduce the number of incorrect items (contamination) and the green lidded garden organics and yellow lidded recycling bins
  • Reuse items which are being placed out for disposal during the Bulk Household Collection.

To achieve these aims, we launched the successful WasteLess in the Bay community waste education and engagement program. We developed and implemented programs, resources and events to reduce waste to help the community WasteLess in the Bay.

Well done to all residents of the City of Canada Bay. See the following results you have helped us achieve over the last three years.

Commitments to WasteLess in the Bay

  • Council received over 25,000 commitments to WasteLess in the Bay
  • More than 4,000 households have committed to WasteLess in the Bay. This is more than 10 per cent of our community
  • Council delivered over 3,500 free WasteLess in the Bay kits to more than 10 per cent of our community.

Food Matters Workshops

  • Council has engaged with more than 1300 residents through these workshops
  • A huge 20 per cent of residents attending these workshops are from Concord, followed by Concord West (13 per cent), Drummoyne (12 per cent) then Five Dock (11 per cent). 

Community Recycling Centre for problem household wastes

Since opening in November 2016, the following has been collected and recycled:

  • More than 9 tonnes of paint
  • More than 1.8 tonnes of household batteries
  • More than 1 tonne of gas cylinders.

Recycling stations

Council provided eight  recycling stations in Council facilities and schools.

  • Recycled over 2,250 printer and ink cartridges
  • Recycled over 1,000 mobile phones.

Multicultural community

  • Engaged face-to-face with over 300 Chinese residents in their language
  • Created 16 videos in five languages viewed by another 320 households!

Children's education

  • More than 1,800 children educated in childcare, primary and secondary schools
  • Over 400 children have attended school holiday workshops.  

Clean Up Australia Day

  • 978 registered volunteers over three years
  • Removed over 21 tonnes of waste and litter from our parks, foreshores and streets
  • Collected 634 kilograms of recyclable material

Household Chemical Cleanout

  • More than 112 tonnes of household chemicals, oils and paints diverted from landfill
  • More than 3,110 households have utilised the service.

E-Waste Drop Off Day

  • 56.5 tonnes of e-waste was recycled
  • 1,700 households visited the free event.

Fridge buyback

Since 2006, residents have:

  • Recycled more than 690 fridges
  • Saved approximately $205,000 in electricity costs
  • Saved a total of 5,507 tonnes of CO2 emissions.  

MyWaste App

  • Over 1,800 residents are receiving weekly reminders to put their bins out
  • Council’s MyWaste App has been translated into nine languages.

Repair Cafe

  • During 2017, more than 70 residents have attended a Repair Café
  • More than 60 per cent of furniture and electrical items have been repaired.  

Contamination management

  • Council inspects more than 80,000 residential bins each week
  • Over the last 16 months, Council reduced bin contamination by issuing over 2,500 letters to residents.