All types of batteries have a potential to start a fire, not only are batteries a risk if they are punctured or come into contact with metal, but rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in laptops, mobile phones, power drills and toys can overheat on their own and start a fire.
These items are hazardous and MUST NOT be placed in any household bin:
- Hot Ashes
- Liquids of any kind
- Gas Bottles/ Canisters
- Chemicals, Paints & Oils
- Household & Car Batteries
- Mobile Phones & Devices
- Fire Extinguishers
- Ink Cartridges
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs
- Medical Waste & Sharps
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. Wollongong City Council Community Recycling Centre (CRC) is a free and easy way to recycle household and car batteries.
For full terms and conditions on battery recycling at the Wollongong City Council Community Recycling Centre (CRC) 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Have you ever wondered what to do with those unwanted, out-of-date or leftover household chemicals found in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed?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.
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.
Roads and Maritime has launched a program to help boaters dispose of expired flares, with mobile collections set up along the NSW coastline. For details regarding this 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.
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.
The Community Recycling Centre (CRC) also accepts up to 20 litres of household paint per visit.
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.
For detailed information click here.
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.
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 Plus Woonona, 401 Princes Hwy, Woonona – 4285 4500
- Andrew’s Pharmacy, 437 Princes Hwy, Corrimal – 4284 4445
- Balgownie Pharmacy, 160 Balgownie Rd, Balgownie – 4284 4027
- Bellambi Pharmacy, Shop 5, 53-55 Pioneer Rd, Bellambi – 4284 3985
- Blooms the Chemist – Figtree, Shop 12-15 Westfield Shopping Town, Figtree – 4229 5847
- Bowden’s Pharmacy, 71 Wentworth St, Port Kembla – 4274 2044
- Bulli Pharmacy, Shop 4 Bulli Shopping Centre, 273 Princes Hwy, Bulli – 4284 3101
- Campus Pharmacy Wollongong, University of Wollongong Building 11, 2 Northfields Avenue Keiraville – 4288 1888
- Centre Pharmacy, 120 Princes Hwy, Unanderra – 4271 1020
- Cincotta Chemist, 45 King St, Warrawong – 4274 2969
- Cincotta Pharmacy Wollongong, 237 Crown St, Wollongong – 4229 5724
- Coates and Kahler Chemist, 43 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow – 4284 4558
- Convenient Chemist, 355 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul – 4267 1284
- Cringila Pharmacy, 19 Lake Ave, Cringila – 4274 1977
- Dapto Centre Town Pharmacy, 21 Bong Bong Rd, Dapto – 4261 1377
- Dapto Mall Pharmacy – Blooms, Shop G120/121 Dapto Mall, 75 Princes Hwy, 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 Chemworld Pharmacy, 121 Park St, Helensburgh – 4294 2772
- Hospital Hill Pharmacy, 338 Crown St, Wollongong – 4229 5868
- Kanahooka Pharmacy, 1/56 Lakeside Drive, Kanahooka – 4260 8551
- Keiraville Pharmacy, Grey St, Keiraville – 4229 5548
- Priceline Pharmacy – Corrimal, 203-215 Princes Hwy, Corrimal – 4283 5622
- Priceline Pharmacy – Dapto, 4/37 Princes Hwy, Dapto – 4261 7043
- Priceline Pharmacy – Warrawong, Shop 33-34, Westfield Shopping Town, Warrawong – 4274 1517
- Thirroul Central Chemist, Shop 11, Anita’s Theatre Building, King Street, Thirroul – 4268 4711
- Thirroul Pharmacy, Shop 4, 277a Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul – 4268 1067
- Unanderra Pharmacy, 33 Central Ave, Unanderra – 4271 1204
- Warrawong Health Pharmacy, Shop 56-57, Westfield Shopping Town, Warrawong – 4274 1119
- Westside Chemist, 398 Princes Hwy, Woonona – 4284 7919
- Windang Pharmacy, Shop 1/19 Acacia St, Windang – 4295 1901
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.
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.
The Community Recycling Centre accepts X-ray film – please remove it from the envelope and place it in the bin marked ‘Waste Film Only’.