Recycling and Disposal Options for Problem Waste
In Australia, more than 8,000 tonnes of batteries go to Landfill each year. 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 for households 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Have you ever wondered what to do with those unwanted, out-of-date or leftover household chemicals found in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed?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 CleanOut program.
CleanOut is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals which can cause harm to human health and the environment if not disposed of correctly. CleanOut events are held at locations throughout the Illawarra on specified dates throughout the year.
For a comprehensive list of accepted materials and local CleanOut dates and locations click here.
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The drumMUSTER is a national product stewardship program that is developed with the environment in mind. It provides agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a recycling pathway for eligible empty, pre-cleaned agricultural and veterinary chemical containers.
For details regarding the program click here.
Fridges, Freezers and other Whitegoods
Old or outdated refrigerators are the biggest energy users in the home, consuming up to three times the energy of modern fridges. Running your second fridge adds an average of $300.00 per annum to your power bill and approximately one tonne of greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere each year. Old upright freezers use almost as much power as outmoded fridges and may be costing your wallet and the environment.
Fridges and freezers can be taken to the Dunmore Recycling and Waste Disposal Depot where they will be professionally degassed and the metals recycled.
Alternately they can be collected as part of your Bulk Kerbside Collection, for details click here
Household Problem Waste Stations
Two household problem waste collection stations have been installed in Shellharbour - one at the Resource Recovery Centre (temporarily located at the transfer station) located at the Dunmore Recycling and Waste Dirsposal Depot and the other in the Level 1 foyer of Council's administration building.
Both stations are FREE and accept household batteries, mobile phones and CD/DVDs.
The station at the Dunmore Resource Recovery Centre also provides light bulb, fluoro tube and printer cartridge recycling services.
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.
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.
For a list of drop-off locations and products accepted click here.
Australians upgrade their mobile phones approximately every 2 years. It is estimated there are more than 25.5 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. It is a free service and accepts all brands of handsets, batteries, chargers and accessories. No mobile phones are refurbished and sold for reuse.
MobileMuster has over 3,000 free public drop-off points across Australia.
For more information click here.
Plastic shopping bags are the biggest contaminant found in both your Recycling and Organics Bins. Regardless of whether these bags contain valuable recyclables or not, once they reach the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) they are removed and sent to Landfill. This is a massive loss of potential resources.
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.
For a list of drop-off locations and products accepted click here.
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)
Unwanted medicines are often tipped down the sink, dumped into the toilet or put out with general waste, which starts a journey that can seriously harm the environment. More than 500 tonnes of medicines find their way into waterways and Landfill every year.
The RUM Project is a national scheme that provides for unwanted and out-of-date medicines to be collected by community pharmacies from consumers. The medicines are then disposed of by high-temperature incineration, which is the EPA approved method of disposal.
By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, you can make your home a safer place for all occupants.
To locate you nearest participating pharmacy click here.
Silage Wrap & Baling Twine
Over 100,000 tonnes of plastic is utilised on Australian farms each year. Modern farming would be impossible without these plastics, but they leave an unwanted legacy. Very little of this plastic is recycled. Most of it is burnt, buried or simply accumulates on farm land to become litter, blowing across the countryside, clogging the waterways, being ingested by stock and wildlife.
Plasback offers a recycling service for farm plastics and baling twine. With the financial support of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Southern Councils Group has assisted Kiama Council to purchase a baler to compact silage and twine bagged and deposited by local farmers at the Council's Minnamurra Recycling Facility. Southern Councils has also purchased bags for distribution by the Dairy Industry Group to local farmers to encourage a proactive approach to the recycling of used silage wrap and twine by all members of the dairy industry.
Kiama Council will make its recycling depot available to receive bags of silage wrap and twine from farmers across the Illawarra.
For more information click here.
Syringes must not be placed in any of your household bins, even when there is no needle attached. Many people rely on using needles, lances or syringes to maintain their own health or that of a family member. Correct disposal of this waste type is extremely important.
Sharps Disposal Locations
The pharmacies listed below accept community sharps
Shop 11-12 Stockland Shellharbour City Centre
Ph: 4296 3355
Shop 14 Warilla Grove Shopping Centre
Ph: 4295 1233
Jim Giles Night & Day Pharmacy
191 Princes Hwy, Albion Park Rail
Ph: 4256 1403
Terry White Chemist Shellharbour
Shop 1023 Stocklands Shellharbour City Centre
Ph: 4296 1045
3-5 George St Warilla
Ph: 4295 1429
For other locations see the safesharps website
If you see a needle in a public place call the NSW Needle Clean-Up hotline.
The Needle Clean-Up Hotline is a call centre that takes reports from the public and coordinates the clean-up of dumped needles and syringes in public places anywhere in NSW. The hotline is staffed Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm with an answering machine at other times Ph: 1800 633 353
Websites Where Goods Are Offered Free
Some things you may no longer need, but they are still useful and too good to throw away to Landfill. Below are two websites which offer such goods free-of-charge.
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-ray film contains a form of silver which can be extracted and converted into pure silver. As such, X–rays are recyclable. The extracted silver is then used to produce silver solder, jewellery, the silver plating of utensils, electrical components and film manufacture.
You can locate your nearest drop off location by typing in your postcode after clicking here.
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