Recycling

Recycling is an excellent way to help reduce the:

  • volume of waste sent to landfill,
  • amount of raw materials extracted from the environment, saving water, energy, natural resources and greenhouse gases
  • costs associated with waste disposal and the manufacture of new products

What can I recycle?

Paper and cardboard including newspapers, magazines, egg cartons, office paper, windowed envelopes, telephone boxes, and empty pizza boxes.

Glass bottles and jars, including the metal lids.

Aerosols, Aluminium, Steel cans including pet food cans scraped clean where possible, beverage cans, aluminium foil, and foil trays.

Rigid plastic containers from the kitchen, bathroom or laundry (including takeaway containers, disposable and non-disposable plastic cups and plates).

Liquid paperboard such as milk and juice cartons.

Recycling is collected from your yellow lidded bin on a fortnightly basis. The bins are collected by J.J Richards and Sons P/L contractors, and should be placed out for collection along with your normal 140L or 240L garbage bin.

Recycling Hints

Do you have more recycling than one bin can handle?

If you’re a household or business whose recycling bin always seems to be full and overflowing, Council is now offering a solution to cope with your large volumes of recyclables. You now have the option to order an extra recycling bin, at a cost of $86.43 a year. This cost can even be offset by reducing the size of your rubbish bin from a 240L to a 140L bin, and you will still be up to $102.88 better off per year!

Everything you place into your red or grey lidded rubbish bin goes straight to landfill in South Windsor. Nothing gets sorted.

Only the owner of the property (or agent if the property is leased) can change the bin service option. Each option has a minimum service period of 12 months.

Take a look at the Waste Service Options and Charges for Hawkesbury residents and businesses to decide what service is most suitable for you. To take advantage of this offer and order your extra recycling bin, complete the Bin Request form or email Council with your request and details to council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au. Alternatively, call Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4560 4444 for more information.

Recycling saves raw materials

The table below shows what your recycling is turned into and the savings this equates to:

 gets recycles into...and saves...
GlassMore glass48% of raw materials
PlasticPackaging, furniture, garbage bins and even clothing98% of raw materials and 6.2kg of crude oil per household a year
SteelFood cans, machinery, appliances, train tracks or guitar strings.89% of raw materials
AluminiumDrink cans or aluminium foil81% of raw materials
Paper & cardboardCardboard, paper based packaging or print paper51% of the environmental impact of using virgin material

These items cannot be recycled in your household recycling bin

Hawkesbury City Council residents currently send between 40% - 50% of food and garden organics waste to landfill. Separate your organic waste and food scraps and start a compost or worm farm today.

Recycling Collection Information

If you're unsure when to place your bins out for collection call JJ Richards on 1800 689 332.

If you have an evening garbage service, your recycling bin will be emptied after 5am on the next day. If you have a morning garbage collection, your recycling bin will be emptied after 5am on the same day.

Please place your bins facing the kerb and at least one metre apart. Do not place near parked cars or low hanging trees.

Bins 1 metre apartArea 1 Recycling Collection calendar

Area 2 Recycling Collection calendar

Where Does My Recycling Go?

Kerbside recyclables collected from your yellow lidded recycling bin are picked up by J.J. Richards, who transports the materials to the VISY Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Smithfield, which is VISY’s largest MRF.

It can process up to 50 tonnes of recyclable material like paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, steel and plastic every hour; receiving approximately 200 million tonnes of material per annum. VISY closes the loop on paper and cardboard by feeding material directly into the Smithfield Paper Mill, Visy's paper and cardboard manufacturing facility.

Materials are then sorted by hand to remove the non recyclables (these are called contamination) which are sent to landfill. This is one reason why it’s important not to place broken glass, syringes or other contaminants into the recycling bin.

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