A-Z Reuse and Recycling

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Fire Extinguishers

Environmental Issues

Steel is 100% recyclable and a 9kg extinguisher contains approximately 3kg of steel when empty. Making steel from recycled materials uses 75% less energy than when producing steel from raw materials.

Recycle Method

For information about their free upcoming collection days:


Foam (Expanded Polystyrene Foam)

Environmental Issues

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a lightweight, rigid cellular plastic that is used widely as a packaging medium. Its shock absorbing characteristics lend it to uses as storage and transport of fragile and expensive items such as electronic equipment, chemicals and wines. Polystyrene is a type of plastic and is therefore derived from a oil, a non-renewable resource. EPS is not recyclable through household recycling bins, even if it’s marked with the plastics identification code 6 or 7. For more information see the Expanded Polystyrene website.

Recycle Method

Some Polystyrene foam products can be recycled at Expanded Polystyrene Collection Centres.


Food Scraps

Environmental Issues

A large amount of waste that goes to landfill is food scraps. This represents a wasted resource. In landfill, food breaks down and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas, while also producing liquid waste known as leachate that can impact on the environment. Not only that, wasted food is not only a waste of money, it's a waste of the resources when you take into account what was needed to grow, harvest, transport, process, store and distribute the food.

Compost Method

  • Turn your unwanted food waste into free fertiliser for your garden and start your own compost or wormfarm

Reduce Method

Each NSW household throws away more than $1,000 of food per year, and most of it could have been eaten. In the Hawkesbury, currently 29% of contents in the average garbage bin is food waste.

Explore the Love Food Hate Waste website for how your household can avoid food waste. Visit:

  • Buy It for great ideas on food shopping
  • Cook It to find out how much food you really need and for delicious nutritious recipes that use up leftover ingredients
  • Save It for how to keep your food fresh and prevent it from ending up in the bin
  • Love food to learn about the issues and how wasting less food helps our environment.

For more information visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au

 


Fridge

Include in your one free Household CleanUp Collection per year


Furniture

Environmental Issues

Save resources from going to landfill by finding a home for your unwanted furniture. Second-hand furniture and antique stores are great places to hunt down a bargain - or pick up a collectable - all whilst helping to minimise your impact on the environment.

Reuse Method

www.councilcleanups.com - a team of volunteers collect household items and pass them on to charities and the needy across Sydney.

Furniture that is still usable can be advertised on the following sites:

Alternatively, donate your unwanted furniture 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


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