Alternative Waste Disposal
There is some waste that Council will not accept in any of their bins or in the booked waste collection. Council facilitates a number of alternative waste collection options, including:
Sump Oil Recycling Station - This service has been discontinued as all sump oil can be brought to the quarterly Household Chemical CleanOut and e-Waste drop off days. This service is provided free of charge. For urgent disposal, please visit SITA or phone 1300 651 116 for more information (fees will apply).
Free Household Chemical Cleanout and e-Waste drop off days - four times a year.
Community Sharps program for syringe disposal.
- Battery Recycling at Council's Customer Service Centre.
More information on these and other local organisations involved in alternative waste disposal, can be found below.
Skip Bin Hire
If you need to hire a skip (waste container) to collect construction waste you must obtain a permit to place the bin on a road, lane or footpath. Permits are free for less than 7 days. To obtain a permit first arrange hire of your bin from one of the approved companies - you will find the list in the download box at the bottom of this page.
If placed on the public roadway, skips must comply will all of the normal road rules. They should not be placed where they pose a safety hazard to pedestrians or vehicles.
If you wish to dispose of asbestos, please visit SITA or phone 1300 651 116 for more information.
Current waste charges
Rockdale Resource Recovery Centre at Lindsay Street will accept most types of garbage. Charges will vary depending on what it is you want to dispose of. Find out the Rockdale Resource Recovery Centre's current waste charges.
Marrickville Council has launched a battery recycling initiative in response to increasing community and government concern to recycle general purpose alkaline (non rechargeable) and rechargeable batteries. A battery recycling box is located at Council's Administration Centre and residents are invited to drop their old batteries off for recycling.
Batteries contain a range of environmentally hazardous chemicals including cadmium, mercury, zinc and nickel, all of which are toxic in high concentration. Cadmium in particular is a major pollutant, being absorbed by plants in the soil and entering the food chain.
Once collected, batteries are sorted by type and chemistry. Common general purpose cells (alkaline batteries) are sent to a specialist recycler in Australia where ferrous and non ferrous metals are recovered. Rechargeable batteries are sorted, repackaged and shipped overseas to a licensed recycling facility where the cadmium is recovered and used to manufacture new batteries. The ferro-nickel is also recycled.
By recycling batteries, you'll help reduce the release of toxic chemicals associated with their disposal to landfill and help create a cleaner and safer environment.
Many people rely on using needles, syringes and lancets to maintain their own health or that of a family member. This material is referred to as community sharps.
The correct disposal of community sharps is of a particular concern to Council. If they are disposed of incorrectly, they place the health and safety of waste and recycling workers at significant risk.
Community sharps should always be kept secure and seperate from household waste.
Be smart with your sharps and place them in a sharps container or a puncture resistant container (not glass) and dispose of them for FREE at the following pharmacies:
- Dulwich Hill Pharmacy - 475 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill
- Fords Pharmacy - 247 King Street, Newtown
- Stanmore Station Pharmacy - 104 Cambridge Street, Stanmore
- Chemist Warehouse Marrickville - Shop 3/258 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
- Blooms The Chemist - 251 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
If you find sharps on public property, please report this to the Needle Cleanup Hotline on 1800 633 353.
Fridge Buyback Program
Fridge Buyback is a residential energy savings program that actually pays you to help save the environment and reduce your power bills by giving up your old second fridge or upright freezer.
Old fridges are the biggest energy users in the home, consuming up to three times the energy of new fridges. Running your second fridge adds an average of $300 a year to your power bills and results in greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Additionally, old upright freezers use almost as much power as an old fridge.
Households that have been using a second fridge or freezer can hand in their old working appliances by calling 1800 708 401 during business hours to make a booking. The fridges and freezers collected are professionally degassed and the metals recycled. There are regular collection runs every few weeks in most built-up areas.
To participate in the program, your fridge must be a working second fridge that has been in regular use, is 200 litres or more in size and built before 1996. Fridge Buyback can also now take upright freezers that have been in regular use, are 200 litres or more in size and built before 1996.
Fridge Buyback provides residents with free collection by professional removalists and a $35 rebate if the removal of the fridge or freezer involves 6 steps or less. Appliances are collected for free if there are between 7 or 20 steps but no rebate is available. A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps.
For more information call 1800 708 401 or visit the Fridge Buyback website at www.fridgebuyback.com.au.
1. Charges apply, call for acceptability. Tiles are only accepted at Lucas Heights and Chullora. When using Metropolitan Demolitions, materials must be delivered using a tipper truck for safety reasons.
2. Accepted free of charge. At Sims Metal, please strap batteries onto pallet.
3. Community sharps (needles, syringes and lancets and other similar equipment) should be placed in a sharps container or puncture resistant container (not glass) and taken to one of the pharmacies below for FREE disposal.
4. Some charges may apply. Call for acceptability and current charges. Reverse Garbage accepts all working computers and peripherals, except for CRT monitors (flatscreen monitors only) and Televisions. Call to arrange a time and if pickup is available. Contact Marrickville Council for any upcoming e-Waste drop-off days.
5. You can deliver your used oil at no charge. You may incur a charge if you require your oil to be collected. Alternatively, check the Yellow Pages www.yellowpages.com.au.
6. Call before hand to see if they are able to receive items. Items must work.
7. Must be clean and separated from other material, commercial quantities not accepted, up to 200kg per visit.
8. The Bower accepts furniture requiring minor repairs, building materials and bric-a-brac. Call first to check if items will be accepted or use their Reuse Referral Service www.bower.org.au which accesses 1000 other enterprises in Sydney that collect second hand goods.
9. All gas and foam must be removed prior to deposit. Two cylinders per visit accepted at no charge.
10. Household quantities only. Rockdale Transfer Station charges for paint based on container size, must be in a sealed container. The Office of Environment and Heritage provides free drop offs for chemicals; for locations visit www.cleanout.com.au or call 131 555.
11. No mirrors accepted. No frames or metal attachments.
12. Charges apply per mattress. Bulk discount does apply. Contact supplier for information.
14. All types of polystyrene and plastic are accepted. Free of charge if clean, fees will apply otherwise. Contact IS Recycling for pickup and to negotiate a fee.
15. Unwanted household items such as clothing, furniture, books and toys if they are in good condition can be accepted at charity stores. However, please call first to ensure that they can accept your unwanted items.
16. Steel products; include roller doors, water tanks, car parts, white goods and cast iron baths are accepted at no charge.
17. Charges apply. At Transfer Station a maximum of five whole car tyres are accepted.
18. Must be in a sealed container, up to 20 litres per visit is free at the Transfer Station. Contact Council on 9335 2222 to arrange drop-off times for Councils Oil Trailer.
19. Cars must be drained of all fluids prior to deposit.
|AUSCOL (NSW)||148 Riverstone Parade, Riverstone||9627 1311 / 9627 1611|
|Ausscrap||2B Gladstone Street, Newtown||9519 5241|
|Australian Metal Co.||15 Bourke Road, Alexandria||9319 6295|
|Blooms The Chemist||251 Marrickville Road, Marrickville||9560 2350|
|The Bower||142 Addison Road, Marrickville||9568 6280|
|Chemist Warehouse Marrickville||Shop 3/258 Illawarra Road, Marrickville||9558 6339|
|Dell Recyclingfirstname.lastname@example.org||1800 465 890|
|Dreamsafe||25 Aylesbury Street, Botany||1300 551 245|
|Dulwich Hill Pharmacy||475 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill||9569 8880|
|Fords Pharmarcy||247 King Street, Newtown||9557 1712|
|IS Recycling Pty Ltd||4 Jumal Place, Smithfield||9756 2974 / 0423 699 338|
|Lucas Heights Waste and Recycling Centre||New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights||1300 651 116|
|Metropolitan Demolitions||Rear 396 Princess Highway, St Peters||9519 3099|
|Reverse Garbage||8/142 Addison Road, Marrickville||9569 3132|
|Rockdale Transfer Station||Lindsay Street, Rockdale||1300 651 116|
|St Vincent de Paul Stores||187 King St, Newtown||9557 1996|
|113 Marrickville Road, Marrickville||9569 3000|
|20 Crinnan Street, Hurlstone Park||9558 0361|
|Salvation Army||7 Bellevue Street, St Peters||13 16 40|
|Sims Metal||33 Burrows Road, St Peters||9516 2244|
|Sims Tyrecycle||Cnr Mamre Rd & Erskine Parks Rds, Erskine Park||9834 6111|
|The Smith Family||8-10 Enmore Road, Newtown||9557 3020|
|147 Marrickville Road, Marrickville||9572 6065|
|Stanmore Station Pharmacy||104 Cambridge Street, Stanmore||9569 4396|
|Visy Recycling||Cnr Baker & Moore Streets, Botany||9316 4343|
|Wolverton Scrap Metals||58 Smidmore Street, Marrickville||9519 7269|
For more information please contact Council's Resource Recovery Officer on 9335 2222.
- Asbestos fact sheet (PDF)