A-Z Reuse and Recycling

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

CDs and DVDs

Environmental Issues

CDs and DVDs are extremely durable and non-biodegradable, meaning that they will last almost forever in a landfill. All discs also contain toxic chemicals and metals that may seep into the landfill over time.

Reuse Method

Prevent your unwanted discs from ending up in landfill. If in a reasonable condition, donate your unwanted CDs and DVDs to:

  • Anglicare Op Shop– 205 Windsor St, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 4135
  • Salvos Store– cnr Lennox & Paget Streets, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 3560
  • Uniting Church – 25 West Market Street, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 3820  
  • Vinnies:
    • Windsor 256 George Street - Phone: (02) 4577 4880
    • Richmond 1 / 328 Windsor Street - Phone: (02) 4578 0599
    • Riverstone Shop 3 / 33 Pitt Street - Phone: (02) 9627 3756

Recycle Method

If your CDs and DVDs are not reusable and cannot be taken to charity, you can drop off your CDs and DVDs for free recycling at:

  • Hawkesbury City Council - 366 George Street, Windsor

Recycling Note

  • Please remove paper inserts from CD and DVD cases and place them into your household recycling bin.
  • When dropping off your CDs and DVDs to the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility there is a sulo bin to place your discs in only. This is because the covers are not recyclable and must be placed in your red-lidded garbage bin. 

HOUSEHOLD QUANTITIES ONLY. Businesses are encouraged to set up their own recycling service for this material.
For more information, contact the Waste Education Officer on (02) 4560 4444.

 


Cans - Aluminium

Environmental Issues

Recycling aluminium cans saves 95% of the energy it would take to make new aluminium from bauxite ore. An aluminium can is 100% recyclable; there are no labels or covers to be removed.

Recycle Method

In your household recycling service or for free at:

Cash for cans

Lions Club of Windsor meet every Saturday from 9.00am – 12 noon in the car park of Bligh Park Tavern, Corner of Ham and Stewart Street, South Windsor (with the exception of long weekends, holidays and in wet weather). For more details phone Ron Coleman: (02) 4587 7877,
Mobile: 0409 033 696.


Car Bodies - Metal

Environmental Issues

Recycling cars is one of the oldest forms of recycling. Ever since cars were invented, companies have existed to salvage the metal and spare parts in dead cars.

Recycle Method

If predominantly metal, dispose of for free at:


Car Tyres

Environmental Issues

Thousands of tonnes of tyres each year are illegally dumped, usually in our precious bushland and waterways which can produce severe health hazards and environmental damage. The removal of illegally dumped tyres costs millions of dollars per year. Sending tyres to landfill results in the failure to take advantage of a valuable resource.

Recycle Method

Motorbike, passenger car or smaller tyre recycling does have a cost involved.  Contact the following:

  • Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility - The Driftway, South Windsor -
    Phone: (02) 4560 4684
  • Tyrehouse Tyre & Mechanical: cnr Macquarie & Brabyn St, Windsor -
    Phone: (02) 4577 6262
  • Colonial Tyre Service: Unit 1, 6 Charles St, North Richmond - Phone: (02) 4571 4044

Cards - Greeting

Environmental Issues

When paper is disposed of in landfill rather than recycled, it creates methane as it breaks down. Methane is a greenhouse gas 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Manufacturing recycled paper can use up to 90% less water and 50% less energy than making it from trees.

Recycle Method

Recycle your junk mail, envelopes (with windows), greeting cards, magazines, paper, newspapers, egg cartons, wrapping paper (excluding cellophane), and phone books in your household recycling bin.

For larger amounts that may not fit into the recycling bin drop them off for free at:


Cartridges – Laser and Ink

Environmental Issues

When printer cartridges break apart in landfill, they have the potential to contaminate groundwater and the environment. Cartridges are recycled into new products such as bench seats and rulers

Recycle Method

Drop off any type of toner or ink cartridge from a fax, photocopier or printer at:

  • Hawkesbury City Council - 366 George Street, Windsor
  • Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility – The Driftway, South Windsor –
    Phone: (02) 4560 4684
  • And participating stores Australia Post, Harvey Norman, Tandy, JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smith Electronics, The Good Guys and Officeworks

Chemicals – Agricultural

Environmental Issues

ChemClear is a national program that collects and disposes of unwanted agricultural and veterinary chemicals. The safe management of these chemicals is a concern for all property owners, managers and staff.

Disposal Method


Chemical Drums

Environmental Issues

drumMUSTER is the national program that has been set up for the collection and recycling of cleaned eligible non returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers.

Disposal Method

  • Visit drumMUSTER - You must be eligible for the scheme and meet the Agsafe standard of cleanliness 
  • Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility – (Cleaned out containers accepted by appointment Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 3:30pm.  Bookings essential.  
    Phone: (02) 4560 4684)

Chemicals – Household

Environmental Issues

By participating in Chemical CleanOut days, you can reduce waste and pollution and safely dispose of any potentially hazardous household chemicals you have at home including: household cleaners and solvents, batteries, fluorescent globes and tubes, paint and paint related products, pesticides and herbicides, poisons, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, acids and alkalis, car batteries, motor oils, fuels and fluids.

Disposal Method

For information about the free upcoming collection days:


Christmas Trees

Environmental Issues

Fake Christmas trees are usually made from steel and the plastic known as PVC. To produce one kilogram of raw PVC you need over a kilo of fossil fuels plus half a kilo of minerals and 10 L of water. The process also releases about two kilograms of CO2 - which contributes to climate change - and eight grams of hazardous waste, and to make matters worse, fake Christmas trees can't be recycled.

Compost/Reuse Method

For real Christmas trees, mulch it up and add it to your compost, some cut tree suppliers will also take back the used tree for mulching, ask about disposal when purchasing your tree.

For fake Christmas trees, donate it to charity to keep it out of landfill:

  • Anglicare Op Shop– 205 Windsor St, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 4135
  • Salvos Store– cnr Lennox & Paget Streets, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 3560
  • Uniting Church – 25 West Market Street, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 3820 
  • Vinnies:
    • Windsor 256 George Street - Phone: (02) 4577 4880
    • Richmond 1 / 328 Windsor Street - Phone: (02) 4578 0599
    • Riverstone Shop 3 / 33 Pitt Street - Phone: (02) 9627 3756

Clothes

Environmental Issues

The production and manufacture of all fabrics and clothes has an environmental impact. Cotton is the most pesticide intensive crop in the world; polyester manufacture (and other synthetic fabrics) is an energy intensive process and is made from petroleum; and to produce a single pair of jeans 6,800 litres of water is needed. Considering all of the above, donating your unwanted clothes to charity for reuse saves resources.

Reuse Method

If in a reasonable condition, donate your unwanted clothes to:

  • Anglicare Op Shop– 205 Windsor St, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 4135
  • Salvos Store– cnr Lennox & Paget Streets, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 3560
  • Uniting Church – 25 West Market Street, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 3820 
  • Vinnies:
    • Windsor 256 George Street - Phone: (02) 4577 4880
    • Richmond 1 / 328 Windsor Street - Phone: (02) 4578 0599
    • Riverstone Shop 3 / 33 Pitt Street - Phone: (02) 9627 3756

Community Sharps - Needles / syringes / lancet

Environmental Issues

Because of the high risk of injury to workers and other community members, sharps should always be kept secure and separate from other wastes.

Disposal Method

  • Hawkesbury Community Health Centre – Enter via Day Street, Windsor. Community Sharps disposal bin open 24 hours
  • Visit Safe Sharps

Computers

Environmental Issues

The disposal of computers in Australia is a significant problem as we have a fast uptake and turnover of electronic products. When computers and other e-waste is dumped in our landfills the materials and chemical components used to make computer equipment such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic can leach into and harm our environment.

Reuse Method

Reuse before recycle. If your computer equipment is still in working order donate your computer to:

  • TechCollect: Recycle your old computers and accessories, printers and TV’s for free. Check the website for sites close to you. Phone – 1300 229 837 or email.
  • TADNSW (Technical Aid to the Disabled NSW) who refurbish donated computers, giving them a new life and supplying them to people with a disability. At a minimum the computer should be a Pentium 4 and 17inch LCD. Located in Northmead. Phone: 1300 663 243 and choose option 1. Or email css@tadnsw.org.au
  • Computer Technologies for Schools Project (CTFS) is a national project aimed at providing surplus Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment to government and non-government schools around Australia. The project sources ICT equipment from the public and private sector and arranges distribution to schools. Phone 0428 250 392 or email ctfs@edna.edu.au

Can you sell your computer or TV, or give it away (if reusable) to charity, such as:

Recycle Method

Ring first for details – conditions & prices vary:

  • Drop off your old Computer (Monitors only) at Officeworks for recycling.
  • TechCollect: Recycle your old computers AND accessories, printers and TVs for free. Check the website for sites close to you. Phone – 1300 229 837 or email.
  • A&C Recycling Services - 33-37 Plasser Crescent, North St Marys, Phone - 1800 502 468. Open Monday to Friday 7.00am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 7.00am - 2.00pm (accepts all electronic waste however fees apply for monitors and televisions)
  • I.T Recycling, Penrith City Auctions, main deposit site – Unit 1/4 Morley Avenue, Kingswood, Phone - 0431 025 720. Accept small amounts and single items, they can be dropped in between 9.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • 1800ewaste: A pick up service for the collection and recycling of computers, televisions, printers, photocopiers, scanners, keyboards, electric toys etc. Call 1800 392 783 for quote or to arrange a collection or email for an online estimate. Fees apply

For more information:



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