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mrec_nswPut your sale on the trail - 26 October 2013

One big day of buying, selling and old school social networking

Would you like to de-clutter your home and make some cash at the same time? How about following a trail of garage sales across the Hawkesbury in one day?

Join hundreds of other Australians and hold a garage sale, or follow the trail around The Hawkesbury, on Saturday October 26 2013!

The Garage Sale Trail enables residents in our local area to come together on the same day to reduce waste and reuse pre-loved items in a fun and creative way.

Registration is available to individuals, households, local businesses, schools, community groups, makers and creators, cultural institutions and charities. Registering your garage sale will help other people in The Hawkesbury find you and increase your sales.

Council is proud to support Garage Sale Trail. So far, the event to date has redistributed approximately one million items from landfill, generated more than $1 million in local economic activity, facilitated $3 million in fundraising and created hundreds of thousands of neighbourly connections across Australia.


So jump on board the trail!
For registration details and to receive a free starter pack, or to follow the trail on 26 October, go to the website. For further  details see the how to guides below or contact Council on (02) 4560 4444.

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August 2013

The Chemical CleanOut is here again!

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Chemical CleanOut is a FREE service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals which could cause harm to our health and the environment if not disposed of correctly.

The Chemical CleanOut will be held on Sunday, 25 August 2013 at the Hawkesbury Waste Management Facility, The Driftway, South Windsor between 9am – 3:30pm.

Use this free service to correctly dispose of household quantities (20kg or 20L maximum) including:

  • paint and paint related products
  • herbicides, pesticides
  • household cleaners
  • motor oils
  • fuels
  • batteries
  • fluorescent globes and tubes
  • poisons
  • gas bottles
  • fire extinguishers
  • pool chemicals
  • hobby chemicals
  • acids and alkalis
  • solvents

Please handle and transport chemicals carefully and try to:

  • NEVER MIX CHEMICALS as this may produce dangerous reactions
  • Wherever possible keep all chemicals in their original containers
  • Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well sealed. If you do not know the contents, label the container 'UNKNOWN CHEMICAL'
  • Liquid can leak during transport: wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then in plastic buckets or trays
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers, e.g. in the boot

For information on storage and transportation chemicals to the event, please visit Chemical CleanOut or phone 131 555.

For more information, contact Council's Waste Management Officer on (02) 4560 4444.


March 2013

IT’S ON AGAIN!!! Free recycling drop-off for unwanted computers, printers and televisions

Hawkesbury City Council, in partnership with the TechCollect program and Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association are once again pleased to announce this second FREE computer and television collection weekend at The Hawkesbury Showground, Racecourse Road, Richmond on Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May from 9am until 4pm.

Unwanted computer equipment and televisions can be dropped off for recycling, free of charge. The collected waste will then be recycled for use in manufacturing new products, instead of going into landfill.

Items accepted at the event are computers and their equipment including any brand of desktop, laptop, monitors, mice, keyboards, cables, drives and computer-related peripherals, printers, scanners and televisions.

For more information see the Computer and Television Free Recycling Event Flyer, or call council on (02) 4560 4444.


February 2013 - March 2013

Free Computer and Television Recycling Event

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Hawkesbury City Council, in partnership with the TechCollect program and Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association will be running a free computer and television collection weekend at The Hawkesbury Showground, Racecourse Road, Richmond on Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March from 9am until 4pm.

Unwanted computer equipment and televisions can be dropped off for recycling, free of charge. The collected waste will then be recycled for use in manufacturing new products, instead of going into landfill.

Items accepted at the event are computers and their equipment including any brand of desktop, laptop, monitors, mice, keyboards, cables, drives and computer-related peripherals, printers, scanners and televisions.

For more information see the Computer and Television Free Recycling Event Flyer, or call council on (02) 4560 4444


September 2012 - January 2013

Councils Waste Charges Makes Recycling Cheaper

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Are you one of those households whose recycling bin always seems to be full and overflowing? Council is now offering a solution to cope with your large volumes of recyclables. Residents now have the option to order an extra recycling bin, at a cost of $64.50 a year; working out to be approximately $2.48 a fortnight/collection. This cost could even be offset by reducing the size of your rubbish bin from a 240 litres to a 120 litre bin.

Reducing your large red or black lidded rubbish bin to a smaller one, will save residents $141.28 a year and with an extra 240L recycling bin costing $64.50, you will still be $76.78 in front each year.

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

Recycling has come a long way from just accepting paper, glass and cans. You may be surprised at what you can now place in your recycling bin. Items like empty aerosols, clean pizza boxes, glossy magazines, junk mail, and steel cans including empty pet food cans are just a few examples. For more information on what you can recycle and other great tips, visit the Waste and Recycling pages of the Councils website.

Recycling is a great way to reduce the amount of raw materials extracted from the environment, saving water, energy, greenhouse gases, and not to mention landfill space. To take advantage of this offer and order your extra recycling bin, please call Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4560 4444.


Its time for Chemical CleanOut 2012

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The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage next Household Chemical CleanOut in the Hawkesbury is to be held on Sunday the 26th August 2011 at The Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility on The Driftway, South Windsor.

Only household quantities are accepted (20kg or 20L maximum) of paint & paint related products, herbicides, pesticides, poisons, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, acids & alkalis, solvents, household cleaners, motor oils, fuels, fluids, batteries, and fluorescent globes and tubes. 

For more information visit Chemical CleanOut or phone 131 555


June 2012

Adopt-A-Road and help enhance your local area

No-Advertising-Material-ImageCouncil’s Adopt-A-Road program is a great opportunity for any individual, family, community organisation or business to enhance the natural beauty and safety of roads in the Hawkesbury.

Volunteers of Adopt-a-Road commit to carrying out regular litter clean-ups in their chosen area of roadside. Two kilometres of road or one kilometre for smaller groups can be adopted for a period of two years. Council provides an Adopt-a-Road kit which includes safety vests, gloves, tongs and rubbish bags and requests that groups carry out at least two clean-ups for individuals and four cleanups per group per year. Recognition and promotion is given by way of placing the street name of the participants on a generic Adopt-a-Road sign.

Council has been involved in the worthy program of Adopt-A-Road since 10 December 2002 and is grateful to the groups diligently working together on this program. Benefits to Adopt-A-Road groups include caring for the local environment, improving the safety and attractiveness of our roads, and enhancing community pride which then helps reduce illegal dumping.

To register your interest, please read the Adopt-A-Road Manual and contact Council’s Infrastructure Services on 02 4560 4409.


April 2012 - May 2012

Collect a ‘No Advertising Material’ sticker from Council and AVOID creating paper waste

No-Advertising-Material-ImageGlobally, it is estimated that 100 million trees are harvested to produce junk mail each year. In Australia, 8.2 billion articles of junk mail are produced every year, along with over 650 million articles of addressed promotional mail.

Most of this mail is never read. Collect you’re free ‘No Advertising Material’ sticker from council.

If you continue to receive junk mail despite the 'No Advertising Material’ sticker, contact and complain to the Distribution Standards Board by visiting The Australian Catalogue Association site or call them on 1800 676 136.


December 2011 - March 2012

Recycle your Batteries*, Corks, CDs and DVDs in the Hawkesbury

Photo of the council recycling stationEver wondered what you should do with CDs and DVDs that are scratched or you no longer want? Or used household batteries? And what about corks? Even though these items are not accepted in your household recycling bin, throwing them in the rubbish and sending them to landfill is harmful to the environment; not to mention, a waste of resources.

You can now drop off your unwanted CDs and DVDs, Household Batteries, and Corks in the recycling station at Council’s Administration Building at 366 George Street Windsor (along with your Printer Cartridges and Mobile Phones that Council has been recycling for many years).

These items can also be dropped off at the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility located on The Driftway, South Windsor.

*Household Batteries only (Car Batteries are only accepted at the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility)


November 2011

National Recycling Week Nov 7th – 13th 2011

National Recycling WeekJoin Hawkesbury City Council at one or several of the FREE activities being held to celebrate National Recycling Week. Bookings are essential.

In 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week as a community education and media campaign with the aim of bringing a national focus to recycling, minimising waste, managing material resources and improving kerbside, industrial and community recycling programs.

For more information and to RSVP call the Waste Education Officer on 02 4560 4566 or email amanda.monaco@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au


September - October 2011

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Recycle COOKING OIL for free!

A free cooking oil recycling service is now available at the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility for residents and businesses from the Hawkesbury. Used cooking oil down the sink can clog pipes and still end up in our waterways. Recycled cooking oils end up as bio-fuels, feed for animals, and low-grade industrial lubricants.

Hawkesbury is the first Council in Sydney to offer a cooking oil recycling service. By using this service residents can take responsibility for the disposal of wastes and encourage a positive impact on the environment.

For ease in recycling, it is recommended you designate a container no greater then 20 litres, label it and add to it every time there is leftover cooking oil to deliver to the Waste Management Facility and recycle for free.


August 2011

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The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage next Household Chemical CleanOut in the Hawkesbury is to be held on Sunday the 21st August 2011 at The Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility on The Driftway, South Windsor.

Only household quantities are accepted (20kg or 20L maximum) of paint & paint related products, herbicides, pesticides, poisons, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, acids & alkalis, solvents, household cleaners, motor oils, fuels, fluids, batteries, and fluorescent globes and tubes. 

For more information visit Chemical CleanOut or phone 131 555


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