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

Magazines

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.

Reuse Method

Donate your unwanted magazines to your local school, childcare centre or doctor’s surgery for reuse.

Recycle Method

Recycle your magazines, paper, newspapers 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:

  • Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility – The Driftway, South Windsor -
    Phone: (02) 4560 4684

Mattresses 

Environmental Issues

Diverting a mattress from landfill not only saves 0.7 of a cubic meter of space, its wood, foam, wadding, springs and some fabrics can be recycled.

Reuse/Recycle Method

  • Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility (fees apply)
  • Kerbside Bulk Waste Cleanup Service Mattresses can be included in your Bulk Waste Kerbside Collection (fees apply). Call Cleanaway to make a booking 1300 889 527.
  • Landsavers – are mattress recyclers and cleaners (fees apply). Mattresses are collected and taken to their recycling facilities; the recycling process keeps them from landfill or diverts them to charities. 

Medicines

Environmental Issues

By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, you make your home a safer place. Medicines thrown in the rubbish bin or flushed down the toilet can damage the environment.

Disposal Method

Drop off your medicines for free recycling at:


Metal - scrap

Environmental Issues

Scrap metals include aluminium, brass, copper, stainless steel, cast iron, lead, zinc and nickel. Making items from recycled aluminium uses just 5% of the energy required when compared to making the same item from raw materials. 

Recycle Method

For free recycling drop off at:


Microwaves

See "E-waste"


Mobile Phones

Environmental Issues

Mobile phones contain small amounts of potentially hazardous substances which if not disposed of correctly, can harm the environment. Over 90% of the plastics and metals in mobile phones, batteries and accessories can be recovered and used to make new products such as stainless steel, plastic fence posts and jewellery.

Disposal Method

Drop off your unused mobile phone and accessories for free at:

  • Hawkesbury City Council – 366 George Street, Windsor
  • Hawkesbury Library Service – Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor
  • Hawkesbury Library Service – 29 West Market Street, Richmond
  • Most Australia Post outlets (where you can also pick up a recycling satchel for free postage)

HOUSEHOLD QUANTITIES ONLY. Businesses are encouraged to set up their own free recycling service for this material.

For more information, contact the Waste Education Officer on (02) 4560 4444.

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