Other household waste
Council works with local companies to provide specialised waste disposal and recycling services for the following household items:
- e-waste (including DVDs and CDs - discs only, no cases)
- batteries and light globes
- mobile phones
- motor oil
- hazardous waste, paint and chemicals
- gas cylinders
- smoke detectors.
Household waste that cannot go into the general waste bin can be disposed of at community recycling stations, the Community Recycling Centre, at a Chemical CleanOut day or at local businesses.
Community recycling stations
The Customer Service Centre at Council's Administration Building, Council's Works Depot at Boolaroo and the six Lake Mac Libraries branches at Cardiff, Charlestown, Belmont, Morisset, Swansea and Toronto accept household batteries, fluoro tubes and globes, mobile phones and accessories, smoke detectors, and DVDs and CDs (discs only - cases should be removed and disposed of in the recycling bin).
Community Recycling Centre
The Community Recycling Centre, located at the Awaba Waste Management Facility, accepts paint, gas bottles and fire extinguishers, e-waste (including DVDs and CDs removed from their cases), fluoro tubes and globes tubes, car and household batteries, polystyrene, motor and other oils and smoke detectors.
The next Chemical CleanOut event is scheduled for 2 June 2018 at Glendale TAFE.
Chemical CleanOut is a biannual event for residents to dispose of household quantities of chemicals, paints, oils and many other hazardous materials.
Lake Macquarie Recycling Directory
Need to recycle something that's not on the list, the Lake Macquarie Recycling Directory provides a list of other items that can be recycled and how to recycle them.
Container deposit scheme
The Return and Earn container deposit scheme is now operating in NSW to reduce drink container litter.
From 1 December 2017, anyone who returns an eligible drink container to an approved NSW collection point will receive a 10 cent refund.
There will be more than 500 collection points across NSW that may include reverse vending machines (RVMs) in your local shopping centre or shops, depot sites, existing recycling centres, or a combination of all. A geolocator map will be unveiled in coming weeks so that you can find your nearest collection point.
Most drink containers between 150 millilitres and three litres that are purchased in NSW will be eligible, with some exceptions.
For more information or to find a collection point near you, visit returnandearn.org.au.
Page last updated: 01 December 2017