Recycling and Disposal of Problem Wastes
Batteries are one of the most dangerous common wastes discarded by households. Many are made from heavy metals and harmful elements such as nickel, cadmium, lead and mercury which can pollute soil and water, and harm humans and wildlife. Battery World provides an opportunity to recycle or responsibly dispose of batteries.
For full terms and conditions, or to locate your nearest Battery World store click here.
Have you ever wondered what to do with those unwanted, out-of-date or leftover household chemicals found in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed? The correct way to dispose of potentially hazardous chemicals is through the Chemical CleanOut program.
The Chemical CleanOut Program is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals. Chemical CleanOut events are held at locations throughout the Illawarra on specified dates throughout the year.
For a comprehensive list of accepted materials and local Chemical CleanOut dates and locations click here.
Community Recycling Centre (CRC)
Not all household waste can be put in your kerbside bins.
Wollongong Council's new Community Recycling Centre offers a FREE and EASY solution for Wollongong residents to dispose of the following household problem waste items for recycling. For a detailed list of accepted items click here
The drumMUSTER provides a recycling pathway for eligible empty, pre-cleaned agricultural and veterinary chemical containers.
For details regarding the program click here.
Australians discard more than 18 million printer cartridges every year. This amounts to over 5,000 tonnes of material, including laser toner and inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums that will eventually end up in landfill. When printer cartridges break apart they have the potential to contaminate groundwater and the environment.
Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is an innovative recycling program that provides a free, easy and environmentally-accredited way to recycle their used printer cartridges. As cartridges are made up of a complex mix of plastics, metal, inks and toners they represent a significant investment in resources. When they are disposed of into landfill these resources are lost.
For a list of drop-off locations and products accepted click here.
Does your workplace or business have large quantities of printer cartridges to recycle? To locate suitable collection or pick-up service options visit BusinessRecycling.com.au.
Australians upgrade their mobile phones every 18 to 24 months. As such, it is estimated there are more than 23 million mobile phones stashed away in cupboards and drawers at home and work. Did you know that over 90% of the materials in mobile phones, including their batteries and chargers, can be recycled?
MobileMuster is the mobile phone industry’s official product stewardship program in Australia. It is a not-for-profit program and is voluntarily funded. MobileMuster’s promise is to keep old mobiles out of landfill and recycle them in a safe, secure and ethical way.
For more information click here.
Residents or trade painters who have leftover paint and related packaging can now drop it off for free through the Paintback program.
Paintback accepts up to 100 litres per visit secured in containers of 20 litres or less. There's no need to phone first, simply drop off at a Paintback site during opening hours.
For more information click here
Plastic shopping bags are the biggest contaminant found in both your Recycling and Organics Bins. Do not place your recyclables in plastic bags before placing them in the Recycling Bin or Organics Bin. Instead, reuse them. Once they are no longer useful place them in the specially-marked Recycling Bins at the front of most supermarkets.
Reading Glasses & Sunglasses
Your unwanted reading, sight or sunglasses can be donated to help improve the eyesight of children and adults all around the world. The following charities gladly accept donations:
- Recycle for Sight
Lions Clubs International collects eyeglasses through their Recycle for Sight program. Australians can donate their glasses which are then given to people in developing countries.
Collects prescription and non-prescription glasses and sunglasses to donate to some of the poorest and disadvantaged people in the South Pacific Region.
Return Unwanted Medicines (The RUM project)
The RUM Project is a national scheme that provides for unwanted and out-of-date medicines. These items can be dropped into your local pharmacy for safe disposal. By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, you can make your home a safer place for all occupants.
For detailed information click here.
Safe Syringe Disposal
Syringes and sharps must not be placed in any of your household bins. Correct disposal of this waste type is extremely important.
Diabetic and other used, non-illegal drug syringes can be disposed off safely at selected pharmacies. All syringes must be stored in an appropriate rigid container when presented to the pharmacy, such as an approved Medispose container. Loose needles will not be accepted.
See below for a full list of pharmacies where syringes can be disposed of free of charge.
- Amcal Chemist, Shop 56, Westfield Shopping Town, Warrawong - 4274 1517
- Andrew's Pharmacy, 437 Princes Hwy, Corrimal - 4284 4445
- Balgownie Pharmacy, 160 Balgownie Rd, Balgownie - 4284 4027
- Blooms the Chemist, Shop 12-15 Westfield Shopping Town, Figtree - 4229 5847
- Blooms the Chemist, 401 Princes Hwy, Woonona - 4285 4500
- Bowden's Pharmacy, 80 Wentworth St, Port Kembla - 4274 2044
- Bulli Pharmacy, 251 Princes Hwy, Bulli - 4284 3101
- Central Chemist, Shop 11, Anitas Theatre Building, Thirroul - 4268 4711
- Centre Pharmacy, 120 Princes Hwy, Unanderra - 4271 1020
- Coates and Kahler Chemist, 43 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow - 4284 4558
- Convenient Chemist, 355 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul - 4267 1284
- Cringila Pharmacy, 9 Lake Ave, Cringila - 4274 1977
- Dapto Centre Town Pharmacy, 21 Bong Bong Rd, Dapto - 4261 1377
- Dapto Mall Pharmacy, Shop 8-10 Dapto Mall, Dapto - 4262 2122
- Downtown MediAdvice Pharmacy, 60 Crown St, Wollongong - 4229 1025
- Figtree Plaza Chemist, 5 Bellevue Rd, Figtree - 4228 5641
- Gwynneville Pharmacy, 184 Gipps Rd, Gwynneville - 4229 4287
- Harrisons Health & Beauty Pharmacy, 128-134 Crown St, Wollongong - 4229 1622
- Helensburgh Pharmacy, 121 Park St, Helensburgh - 4294 2772
- Hospital Hill Pharmacy, 330 Crown St, Wollongong - 4229 5868
- Hussains Pharmacy, 53 Pioneer Rd, Bellambi - 4284 3985
- Kanahooka Pharmacy, 1/56 Lakeside Drive, Kanahooka - 4260 8551
- Keiraville Pharmacy, Grey St, Keiraville - 4229 5548
- Night and Day Chemworld Pharmacy, Shop 56 Westfield Shopping Town, Warrawong - 4274 2969
- Pharmasafe Pharmacy, Cnr Winnima Way & Park Ave, Berkeley - 4271 1258
- Priceline Pharmacy, 4/37 Princes Hwy, Dapto
- Unanderra Pharmacy, 33 Central Rd, Unanderra - 4271 1204
- Warrawong Health Pharmacy, Shop 111 Westfield Shopping Town, Warrawong - 4274 1119
- Westside Chemist, 398 Princes Hwy, Woonona - 4284 7919
- Windang Pharmacy, 318 Windang Rd, Windang - 4295 1901
- Wollongong City Pharmacy, 237 Crown St, Wollongong - 4229 5724
There is also a Community Sharps Management Program, a NSW based program, that deals with the management and disposal of sharps correctly. The CSMP hosts the safesharps website which aims to assist sharps users find the most convenient location to dispose of their sharps safely. This online facility allows users to submit a location address and then search for single needle disposal points, sharps container disposal points or retailers of sharps containers.
Websites Where Goods Are Offered Free
There are websites which enable you to advertise goods to give away for free. These are items you may no longer need, but they are still useful, in good condition and can be diverted away from landfill.
Ziilch.com.au is 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 items out of landfill and off the kerbside. Consider passing on your item to someone who can use it.
The second is Freecycle, which is a national website. However, there is a sub-group that operates locally in the Illawarra region.
X–rays are recyclable.
You can locate your nearest drop off location by typing in your postcode after clicking here.
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