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Recycle It Saturday: a free recycling drop-off event


Saturday 5 September from 9am to 3pm



Recycle It Saturday is the City of Sydney’s newest recycling event where you can drop-off old household items like clothes, polystyrene, e-waste, paint, gas bottles, soft plastics and more.

What to expect

  • This event will be contactless To ensure the health and safety of our employees and communities, physical distancing measures will be in place and our team will be wearing masks and gloves. We’ll record your details for contact tracing. If you’re unwell, stay home.

  • Stay in your vehicle Our team will show you where to drive and unpack your vehicle for you. By staying in your vehicle, you’re helping reduce the spread of germs, and we’ll help you get on your way faster.

  • Separate your items Before you arrive, group items into different bags, buckets or boxes. Pack these in your boot, backseat or trailer so we can quickly and safely remove them.

People walking or riding can access a separate drop-off area.

What can you bring

Clothes and textiles Avoid loose items. Bring textiles in a box or bag.

  • Clothing in good and bad condition

  • Underwear, socks

  • Shoes, handbags, hats

  • Rags, fabrics, bedsheets and towels

No carpets, rugs, accessories or jewellery.

Polystyrene / styrofoam From furniture or delivery packaging.

  • Remove any tape and glue

  • Avoid loose items

  • Bring smaller pieces in a box or bag

Electrical items and batteries

  • Televisions

  • Computers, monitors, laptops and printers

  • Home and home office equipment – photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, servers, projectors, stereos, gaming consoles, DVD players, DVDs, CDs and video recorders

  • Computer peripherals such as joysticks

  • Electronic components

  • Phones – mobiles and landlines

  • Cords, chargers and headphones

  • Small household appliances: vacuum cleaners, microwaves, toasters, mixers, blenders, kettles, heaters, irons, coffee machines, ironing boards and pedestal fans

  • Power tools – drills, circular saws, power boards, electric lawnmowers, electric trimmers, electric leaf blowers (no gas or petrol powered items, please)

  • Batteries (no car batteries).

Light bulbs and globes (including energy saving or fluorescent globes/tubes) Wrap these in newspaper and bring them in a bag or box so they don’t break.

Soft plastics Including plastic packaging, films and wraps.

Avoid loose items and bring soft plastics tied up in a plastic bag. A soft plastic is a plastic you can easily scrunch into a ball and it doesn’t bounce straight back.

Paint (water and oil-based accepted) Ensure lids are on tight. 

Household gas cylinders Including nitrogen, SodaStream and LPG bottles.

Large garden waste (no food waste) Branches must be bundled and tied, no thicker than 30cm and no longer than 1 metre. 

Large cardboard Bring it flattened.

X-ray, MRI and CT scans/films

Items we can’t accept

  • Whitegoods, mattresses or furniture

  • Hazardous waste – chemicals and pesticides

  • Car batteries

  • Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers

  • Commercial quantities are not accepted

City of Sydney residents can have their unwanted furniture, mattresses, whitegoods, metals and electronics collected from their home with our free pick-up service. Bookings required.

Recycle household chemicals responsibly at our Household Chemical CleanOut on Saturday 17 October 2020.

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