Useful Waste & Recycling Website Links
Included below are a number of links to help recycle as much as possible.
Planet Ark Recycling Near You: This site contains information about the recycling and waste services offered by your council as well as local drop-off options for items including computers, batteries, printer cartridges, mobile phones and many more.
Planet Ark Business Recycling: Use this site to find national and local reuse or recycling options for around 90 different materials, making it easy for small businesses to find the waste services they need.
Love Food Hate Waste: Provides practical tips and tools that will make it simple for all of us to reduce food waste at home. Wasting food wastes the energy, water and natural resources used to grow, package, transport and market that food.
Chemical CleanOut: A FREE service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals. Check the site for locations close to you.
Return Unwanted Medicine: Through the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project consumers can return unwanted and out-of-date medicines for their collection and disposal from consumers across Australia to any pharmacy. Over 500 Tonnes of unwanted and out of date medicines are collected every year.
Trolley Tracker: Use Trolley Tracker to report the location of abandoned trolleys so they can be quickly collected and returned to the store where they belong.
Freecycle: A free community website where members give and receive unwanted items.
Ziilch: A reuse and upcycling website. List your unwanted items to give away and receive goods from others for FREE. Members can request items and arrange a mutually convenient time for collection. Ziilch aims to help keep perfectly good stuff out of landfill and off the naturestrip. Consider passing on your item to someone who can use it.
ReUseIt: Alternatively, try a similar website to find new uses for your unwanted items that would otherwise be thrown into the trash.
Gumtree: A local classified ads and community site, originally designed to connect people who were either planning to move, or had just arrived in a new neighbourhood, and needed help getting started with accommodation, employment and meeting new people. You can also find stuff for sale, cars, flat share, flat rentals and jobs.
MobileMuster is the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry in Australia which was initiated voluntarily by the telecommunications industry in 1999. Its overall aim is to prevent mobile phones ending up in landfill.
Cleanaway: Council’s contractor responsible for the Kerbside Bulk Household collections.
EnviroCom: Council’s contractor responsible for providing education to the primary schools in the Hawkesbury.
VISY: Household recycling from your yellow lidded recycling bin is transported by J.J. Richards, to the VISY Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Smithfield, which is Visy’s largest MRF. It can process up to 50 tonnes of recyclable material like paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, steel and plastic every hour; receiving approximately 200 million tonnes of material per annum.
Sustainable Living Guide: Developed in conjunction with The Natural Strategies Group, this guide is designed to help Hawkesbury residents take action to live more sustainably at home and in the community. The Guide is packed with ideas, tips and inspiration about how small, easy changes can have positive impacts on the environment and your health and wellbeing - and save you money too!
Australian Conservation Foundation: A wide range of resources including the award winning GreenHome: Action for a Better World resource kit and events listings.
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage: The focus of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in managing waste is to provide a clear and consistent regulatory and policy framework that minimises harm to the environment and encourages waste avoidance and resource recovery. This framework uses a mix of legislative, policy, educative and economic tools.
Total Environment Centre's Safer Solutions: Get informed on how you can make your home and your family healthier and safer by lessening your chemical load in the home, garden and through DIY renovation.
Clean Up Australia Day: Clean Up Australia is a not-for-profit environmental conservation organisation founded by Ian Kiernan in 1989. Their mission is to inspire and empower communities, businesses and youth to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.
Sustainability Courses and Workshops - St Albans:: Permaculture, organic gardening, chook care, stone carving, preserving, Permaculture Sydney Institute offers a full range of sustainability courses and workshops every weekend that are hands-on practical and fun. All in the beautiful Macdonald Valley St Albans at the 'Bandusia Country Retreat'. All welcome. Ph: 45 68 2036 See: www.permaculturesydneyinstitute.org
Rapid Supplies: A world of ideas on how to reuse paper into arts of crafts. A great resource for kids and teachers/parents.
drumMUSTER: The national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable metal and plastic agvet chemical containers.
At Home Arts and Crafts for Kids that are Earth Friendly. There are a myriad of art projects that can be completed by reusing materials that would have otherwise been discarded, thus giving those items a new life while reducing the need for the production of new materials. Get creative and see what you have around your house, school, yard, or community!.
Managing Waste from Construction Sites: Important information for demolition and excavation companies, builders, contractors, project managers and property developers covering transporting waste to a lawful place; avoiding hefty fines or prosecution and avoid expensive clean-up costs.
Transporting Waste Information – Covering your load: Important information for waste transporters about how to transport waste safely and legally, help protect the environment and ensure the safety of other road users and avoid fines
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