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
- printer cartridges
- gas cylinders, gas bottles and fire extinguishers
- smoke detectors.
See the locations below for where your problem waste can be recycled.
Community recycling stations
Community recycling stations are located at 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. Accepted items include:
- household batteries
- fluoro tubes and globes
- mobile phones and accessories
- smoke detectors
- DVDs and CDs (discs only - cases should be removed and disposed of in the recycling bin)
Community Recycling Centre
The Community Recycling Centre is located at the Awaba Waste Management Facility.
- gas bottles and fire extinguishers
- e-waste (including DVDs and CDs removed from their cases)
- fluoro tubes and globes tubes
- car and household batteries
- motor and other oils
- smoke detectors
The next Chemical CleanOut event is scheduled for Saturday 1 June at Rathmines Park, Dorrinton Road, Rathmines.
Chemical CleanOut is a biannual event for residents to dispose of household quantities of:
- oils and many other hazardous materials
Expired flare collections
Roads and Maritime has launched a program to help boaters dispose of expired flares, with mobile collections set up along the NSW coastline.
The next collection in Lake Macquarie will be held at Blacksmiths Boat Ramp, Bali Street, Blacksmiths on
- Saturday 12 January 2019, 1–3pm
- Sunday 17 February 2019, 8–11am
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: 21 December 2018