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A – Z of Waste and Recycling in Hawkesbury

At-home Organics Recycling

For information on composting, worm farming, keeping backyard chickens and more, check out the tab heading Organics Recycling at the top of this page.

Bulk Waste

Residents who receive a domestic kerbside waste collection service from Council can book one Kerbside Bulk Waste Household Clean-up Service each financial year. You can have items such as household furniture and appliances, timber and garden organics (excluding tree stumps and trunks) collected as part of this service.

For further information about this service and what you can put out for collection, please refer to the Special Events and Waste Clean-up Services page.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Electronic waste or E-waste refers to discarded, broken or obsolete electrical or electronic devices. Examples of E-waste include televisions (TVs), mobile phones, computers, clocks, flashlights, electrical cords and more.

Recycling E-waste where possible is important as they contain valuable materials. When disposing of E-waste it is crucial to do so with care, as many TVs and computers for instance, also contain hazardous materials such as lead and mercury.

A large number of E-waste items such as TVs, DVD players, digital cameras, computers and more can be taken to the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility for free.

For information about the Facility and what Hawkesbury residents can take here, please refer to the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility page.

A free collection station for mobile phones is also available at the Council Administration Building (366 George Street, Windsor).

Green / Garden Waste

Green-lidded Garden Organics Bin

Garden waste can be placed in your green-lidded garden organics bin, which is collected fortnightly, on the alternate week to your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

For more information about your green-lidded garden organics bin and what materials you can put in here, please refer to the Your 3 Bins page.

Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility

Hawkesbury residents can take garden organics, including oversized garden organics not accepted in your kerbside green-lidded garden organics bin, to the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility for a small fee.

To find out more about the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility and taking garden organics here, please refer to the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility page.

Bulk Waste Clean-up Service

Residents who receive a domestic kerbside waste collection service from Council can book one Kerbside Bulk Waste Household Clean-up Service each financial year. You can have excess garden organics collected as part of this service.

For further information about this service, please refer to the Special Events and Waste Clean-up Services page.

Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility

The Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility accepts a number of waste items either for free such as household recyclables or for a cost such as tyres and mattresses.

To find out more about the facility and what Hawkesbury residents can take here, please refer to the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility page.

Household Chemicals

You can safely dispose of any potentially hazardous household chemicals at Household Chemical CleanOut events.

Please note only household quantities of these items will be accepted.

For more information about what you can take and the date of your next Household Chemical CleanOut, please refer to the Special Events and Waste Clean-up Services page.

Household (Problem) Hazardous Waste

You can dispose of problem household waste such as smoke detectors, household and car batteries, paint, oil and more at Hawkesbury’s Community Recycling Centre (located at the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility – The Driftway South Windsor).

Please note only household quantities of these items will be accepted – maximum container size of twenty (20) litres or twenty (20) kilograms.

For more information about the Community Recycling Centre and what you can take here, please refer to the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility page.

Needles and Sharps

Sharps such as needles and syringes pose a health risk to the community and it is the responsibility of any individuals, health professionals, community organisations and businesses using these items to dispose of them appropriately.

View the NSW Health Community Sharps Disposal in NSW brochure, or for further information regarding sharps disposal and other waste and health issues in the Hawkesbury area, contact Councils' Regulatory Services branch on (02) 4560 4444.

Individuals

To find your nearest sharps disposal location please visit the safe sharps website.

For further information please visit the NSW EPA’s website.

Health professionals, Community Organisations or Businesses

Health professionals, community organisations or businesses handling and / or disposing of sharps waste must implement a Clinical and Related Waste Management Plan in accordance with ‘NSW Health Clinical and Related Waste Management for Health Services’. For more information please visit the NSW EPA’s website.

Useful Contacts

To report a needle in a public place, please call the Needle Clean-up Hotline on 1800 633 353.

For information regarding needle stick injuries, you can call the HIV Information Hotline on 1800 451 600.

For more useful contacts for safe sharps management, please visit the NSW Government’s Health website.

Reuse and Repair  

The Hawkesbury Reuse and Repair Online Directory is a platform for the local community in the Hawkesbury to connect with other residents, businesses and organisations to fix items that are broken, are in need of refurbishment or can find a new second-life.

If you are an individual, business or organisation that can provide repair services, you can register to be listed on the Online Directory.

To check out the Online Directory or register your repair services, please visit the Reuse and Repair Online Directory page.

Return and Earn

Return and Earn is a New South Wales (NSW) Government initiative created to specifically address drink container litter. Since the roll out of this initiative, NSW has seen a significant reduction in the volume of drink container litter.

Through the initiative, consumers can get a refund of 10c per eligible drink container when taken to a Return and Earn, Collection Point.

For further information on the Return and Earn program please visit the Return and Earn website

What drinks containers are accepted?

Most drink containers of sizes between 150ml and 3L will be accepted in exchange for a 10-cent refund when presented to an approved NSW collection point. You can also look for a NSW refund mark on the drink container’s label.

For more information about the initiative, including what drink containers you can and can’t take, please visit the Return and Earn website.

Where is my local collection point?

To find your nearest Collection Point please visit the Return and Earn website.

Can I still use my yellow-lidded recycling bin?

Yes. You can continue to place your drink containers in your yellow-lidded recycling bin as usual. Kerbside recycling remains very important to our community. Return and Earn is designed to complement kerbside recycling by reducing litter and encouraging people to recycle drink containers when away from home.

Soft Plastics Recycling

Soft plastics include items such as plastic bags, bubble wrap, cling wrap, confectionary bags or wrappers and more. Soft plastics CANNOT be recycled in your kerbside yellow-lid recycling bin. They can however be recycled in specifically designated soft plastics bins located at most major supermarkets.

For more information on soft plastics and soft plastic bin recycling locations, please visit REDcycle’s website.

Organics Recycling (composting, worm farming and more!)

Save Money on your New Organics System – Join the Compost Revolution Today!

Are you planning on starting a worm farm or compost bin? Would you like to save money on it?

The Compost Revolution is a project supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA)’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, which is funded by the waste levy.

Hawkesbury City Council has partnered with the Compost Revolution to help reduce the amount of organics sent to landfill in Hawkesbury. As a Hawkesbury resident, you are eligible for 50% off the recommended retail price (RRP) plus free delivery of a compost bin, tumbler, worm farm or bokashi bin.

To learn more about the project, visit the Compost Revolution website, and to learn how you can claim your discount visit Council’s Compost Revolution website or call Council on (02) 4560 4444 for more information.

Why Recycle Organics?

Recycling your organics is a simple yet effective way to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfill and turn your kitchen scraps and garden materials (don’t forget you can put garden waste into your green-lidded garden organics bin too!) into a nutrient-rich resource your garden will love.

Waste audits completed in 2020 of red-lidded general waste bins in the Hawkesbury local government area (LGA) showed that close to half (48%) of what’s in the average general waste bin is food and garden organics waste – this large amount of potentially compostable material is sent to landfill.

Organic waste that is deposited in landfill is a big problem and it's not just because of the resources lost. When organic waste is sent to landfill, it undergoes anaerobic (without air) decomposition, releasing methane which is 24 times more potent a greenhouse gas then carbon dioxide.

On a more local level, sending organic waste to landfill is essentially a waste. Recovering organic waste using a simple and easy backyard compost or worm farming system is not only beneficial to the environment, the end product will improve the soil structure, water retention and introduce or replace valuable nutrients vital to healthy plant growth. Access to a free and natural fertiliser means you will also save money on expensive fertilisers and other products.

This short video below from the Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre explains why we need to divert our food waste from landfill and the benefits of doing so.

Composting

Composting is a natural process that involves the decomposition of organic matter. Millions of micro-organisms drive the compost process by breaking organic matter down to its original nutrient form. This valuable nourishment can then be returned to the soil where it acts as a chemical-free fertiliser to help improve plant growth, soil structure and water retention properties and the natural capacity of plants to resist disease.

Purchasing your Compost Bin

Compost bins are sold at most hardware stores, nurseries and some department stores. You can also purchase them through the Compost Revolution, where Hawkesbury residents can receive 50% off and free delivery. To learn how you can claim your discount, please refer to the information under the earlier heading ‘Save Money on your New Organics System – Join the Compost Revolution Today!’

Building and Maintaining your Compost

There are essentially four (4) easy steps to great compost:

  • Choosing the right site
  • Knowing what you can compost
  • Creating layers as you add your kitchen scraps and garden waste
  • Maintaining the compost

The Easy Guide to Composting covers all four (4) steps listed above and also provides solutions to composting problems you might be experiencing.

For a comprehensive guide on composting, take a look at Council’s Composting and Worm Farming Booklet.

Worm Farming

Worm farming involves utilising special compost worms to recycle organic waste. Worms mix and aerate soil; munching their way through all your food scraps and other organic materials and as a result of their digestive processes they produce nutrient rich castings (worm poo) that help keep our soils healthy. Castings are easily absorbed by plants and don't require any further action once placed on to your soil.

Worm farming is a relatively simple form of composting as you rely on worms to do nearly all the work. You provide the right conditions (appropriate shelter, moisture and food) and they do the rest.

Worm farms are also useful for people who live in flats, units, or even in an office space, essentially where there isn't the space to set up a compost heap.

Purchasing your Worm Farm

You can purchase worm warms at most hardware stores and nurseries. You can also purchase them through the Compost Revolution, where Hawkesbury residents can receive 50% off and free delivery. To learn how you can claim your discount, please refer to the information under the earlier heading ‘Save Money on your New Organics System – Join the Compost Revolution Today!’

Building and Maintaining your Worm Farm

There are four (4) easy steps to a successful worm farm consisting of:

  • Choosing the site
  • Knowing what you can feed your worms
  • Making the worm farm or bed
  • Harvesting the products produced by the worm farm

The Easy Guide to Worm Farming covers all four (4) steps listed above and also provides solutions to worm farming problems you might be experiencing.

For a comprehensive guide on worm farming, take a look at Council’s Composting and Worm Farming Booklet.

Chickens and Poultry

Chickens reduce compost, are keen gardeners (in both consuming pests and providing manure), make wonderful pets, can improve your mental health and they can keep your family and friends well stocked with free-range eggs.

Just remember there are a number of factors to consider before purchasing your first chook. As with any animal, always do your research before committing.

Backyard chickens need a constant supply of fresh water and a diet of appropriate poultry pellets, supplemented with kitchen scraps. They need a dry, sheltered and adequately ventilated enclosure and protection from predators such as cats, dogs and foxes.

Hawkesbury City Council regulations on keeping chickens / poultry are detailed here (pdf - 248KB).

Bokashi Bin

The Bokashi Bin is a practical and convenient alternative for transforming kitchen waste into a nutrient rich soil conditioner. You can compost almost every kitchen food waste in your Bokashi Bin including fruit and vegetables, prepared foods, cooked and uncooked meats and fish, cheese, eggs, bread, coffee grinds, tea bags, wilted flowers and tissues.

Purchasing your Bokashi Bin

The Bokashi Bin can now be ordered through Compost Revolution currently with a 50% off discount with free home delivery. To learn how you can claim this discount, please refer to the information under the earlier heading ‘Save Money on your New Organics System – Join the Compost Revolution Today!’.

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