A-Z Reuse and Recycling

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Garden Pots - Plastic

Environmental Issues

Plastic garden pots are made from polypropylene, a plastic that can be completely recycled and used to make new pots. Plastic garden pots are however not recyclable in your household recycling bin.

Recycle Method

Take your unwanted plastic garden pots and trays for free recycling to:

  • Hawkesbury Community Nursery – Wednesdays 9.00am - 12 noon.  10 Mulgrave Road, Mulgrave - Phone: (02) 4560 4525
  • Garden City Plastics – Place in the large green cage Monday – Friday between 7.00am - 5.00pm.  344 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill - Phone: (02) 9679 1173

Garden Waste

North-West Recycling Centre provides a depot to manage green waste in a responsible and sustainable manner, for commercial clients as well as for the general public. 

Environmental Issues

A large amount of waste that goes to landfill is garden cuttings. This represents a wasted resource. In landfill, garden cuttings break down and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas, while producing liquid waste known as leachate that can impact on the environment.

Recycling Method

If you have a green-lidded garden organics bin (selected urban areas), you can place the following in your garden organics bin:
Grass clippings, cut flowers, leaves, garden prunings, weeds, and branches (maximum diameter 10cm, maximum length 40cm)

Compost Method

  • Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility – The Driftway, South Windsor -
    Phone: (02) 4560 4684 (fees apply). You can also buy recycled mulch
  • Turn your unwanted garden (and food) waste into free fertiliser for your garden and start your own compost

Gas Bottles / Gas Cylinders

Environmental Issues

Cylinders can be refilled many times in their life. Gas bottles and their fittings are generally manufactured from plate steel, a metal that can be effectively recycled over and over again.

Recycle Method

Free recycling drop off at:


Glasses - reading

Environmental Issues

Give new life to your old eyewear! 'OneSight' and 'Re-Cycle for Sight' collects used prescription eyewear and non-prescription sunglasses to reuse and hand-deliver around the world.

Reuse Method

  • OneSight – Donate directly at Laubman & Pank, OPSM, Sunglass Hut and Budget Eyewear;
  • 'Recycle for Sight' – through Lions Clubs International - Phone: (02) 4940 8033 or email ChairmanR4S@lions.org

'Green' Shopping Bags

Environmental Issues

Is your 'green' reusable shopping bag falling apart and no longer usable? 'Green' reusable shopping bags eliminate the need for plastic bags however they are still in fact made of plastic, which is a non-renewable resource made from oil.

Recycle Method

  • Just like plastic bags, you can take your old ‘green’ shopping bags if they are no longer usable as well as your soft plastics for recycling to Coles (see soft plastics for more information):
    • Windsor – 223 George Street, Windsor - Phone: (02) 4577 1000
    • Richmond – 271 – 281 Windsor Street – Phone: (02) 4578 3111
    • North Richmond – 8 – 16 Riverview Street – Phone: (02) 4571 4075


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