For our kerbside recycling system to work, all recyclable materials need to be placed loose into kerbside recycling bins.
Recycling that is tied up inside plastic bags and placed in your kerbside recycling bin will not get recycled, as bags cannot be opened at the sorting facility. Instead they get sent straight to landfill, wasting your effort and the valuable materials inside.
Opening up plastic bags is too dangerous for staff at the facilities, as they have been known to occasionally hold needles, chemicals and other toxic waste. The bags themselves can also become tangled in sorting machinery, causing costly delays and breakdowns.
You can collect your recycling inside anything as long as you tip it in loose into the recycling bin. Most people find it easiest to use a bin, crate, box or a hanging reusable bag which gets filled up, tipped out and brought back inside to use again.
Canada Bay is partnering with RecycleSmart to offer recycling collections directly from your household over the next 6 months. For $2 a bag, RecycleSmart offers a door-to-door PickUp collection service of these tricky items that don’t belong in the recycling bin:
You don’t even need to be home on the day!
The City of Canada Bay provides drop off locations for household batteries, mobile phones and printer and ink cartridges. Recycle these items at the following locations:
City of Canada Bay Civic Centre - 1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne
Concord Library - 60 Flavelle Street, Concord
Five Dock Leisure Centre - Corner Queens Road and William Street, Five Dock
Five Dock Library - Level 1, 4-12 Garfield Street, Five Dock.
For other recycling options, please see below:
Household batteries: ALDI Supermarkets
Mobile phones: Mobile Muster
Printer and ink cartridges: Cartridges For Planet Ark.
There are also charity clothing bins available at the following church sites:
St Bede’s Anglican Church Drummoyne
St Marks Catholic Church Drummoyne
All Hallows Catholic Church Five Dock
St Albans Anglican Church Five Dock
St Mary’s Catholic Parish Concord
Charities appreciate clean and usable donations in wearable or working order. Please do not leave items outside or around the base of charity bins.
City of Canada Bay has also partnered with RecycleSmart to PickUp your reusable clothing and textiles for recycling. At just $2 per bag, pack as many bags as you wish, leave the bags at your door or under your letterbox, and schedule a PickUp using the app or website.
For more information and further options for clothing recycling, visit the RecyclingNearYou clothing and textile recycling website.
Please note, the previous Clothing Cleanup service has been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.
Did you know Council partners with the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre to provide residents with a free collection and rehoming service?
This means, if you have unwanted furniture or other items at home that you no longer want, you can call the Bower. The Bower can't accept all donations due to space, functionality, low demand or other reasons, so the Bower may refer you to some of the 1000 organisations or charities within their rehoming database. These organisations repair, reuse or resell your wanted goods, keeping them out of landfill.
This service is available free of charge to residents of the City of Canada Bay. For more information, please visit the Bower Reuse and Repair Center's website.
You can also visit the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre just like you would any other reuse or op-shop. The Bower sell thousands of goods from household items such as crockery and furniture to outdoor and building materials like tiles or bikes. Visit the Bower today because reuse matters.
Council provides local disposal options for the safe collection of community sharps. Sharps can be taken to the following locations for free disposal:
Chemist Warehouse: 89-91 Great North Road, Five Dock
Concord Road Pharmacy: 197 Concord Road, North Strathfield
Concord West Pharmacy: 25 Victoria Ave, Concord West
McIntosh Pharmacy: 16 Cabarita Road, Concord
Pharmacy 4 Less: 125 Great North Road, Five Dock
Pharmacy 4 Less: 213-215 Parramatta Road, Five Dock.
Please take care when transporting sharps to a disposal location.
Did you know that on average, each household in the City of Canada Bay incorrectly places 73 kg of recycling in their red lidded waste bin each year? Learn how to reduce your waste and recycle right! Click here to view the City of Canada Bay recycling videos in your language.
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Drop off your problem wastes for recycling, including paints, batteries, oils and gas bottles at the City of Canada Bay Community Recycling Centre.
The City of Canada Bay hosts a free e-waste drop off event in February each year at Cintra Park car park.
The City of Canada Bay hosts the Household Chemical CleanOut event annually (during October) at Cintra Park car park in Canada Bay.