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Other waste

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Other waste

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:

Visit the A–Z: what goes where? guide for a full list of items and disposal options.

Have a question? Contact the Resource Management team on rethinkwaste@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Asbestos disposal

If you wish to dispose asbestos, please visit recyclingnearyou.com.au or call 1300 733 712.

Battery recycling

Residents can drop old batteries off for recycling at the Inner West Council Petersham Service Centre on 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham. Old alkaline and rechargeable batteries can also be dropped off at the next e-waste drop-off day or at multiple collection points across Sydney – visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au for more information.

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. Ferro-nickel is also recycled.

Why recycle?

Batteries contain a range of environmentally hazardous chemicals including cadmium, mercury, zinc and nickel, all of which accumulate in landfills and may enter the food chain and pollute groundwater. Lead and mercury are potent neurotoxins. Cadmium is another major pollutant, being absorbed by plants in the soil and entering the food chain. Visit Planet Ark's battery recycling page for more information.

Remember: toxic compounds are usually found in electronic devices, such as computer screens, laptops and televisions in addition to light bulbs and fluorescent lamps.

Mobile phones

Residents can drop old mobile phones for recycling at Inner West Council Petersham Service Centre on 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham, or hold onto them to dispose of at the next e-waste drop-off day.

Mobile phone retailers usually accept old mobile phones for recycling. For more recycling locations, visit www.mobilemuster.com.au or www.recyclingnearyou.com.au. Alternatively call the Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712.

Community sharps – used syringes, needles and lancets 

Residents can safely dispose of needles, syringes and lancets at a range of pharmacies throughout the Marrickville area. Needles and sharps waste must never be placed in street litter bins, domestic garbage or recycling bins as they pose serious health and safety risks for recycling workers and larger community.

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  
  • Petersham Pharmacy – 76 Audley Street, Petersham NSW 2049

Visit www.safesharps.org.au to find a sharps disposal location near you.

Are you a pharmacy interested in providing this service to your customers? Contact Council’s Resource Management Officer to find out more on 9335 2131.

If you find sharps on public property, please report this to the Needle Cleanup Hotline immediately on 1800 633 353.

Fridge Buyback

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. The appliances are professionally degassed and the metals recycled.

Old fridges consume 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. Old upright freezers use almost as much power as an old fridge.

To participate in the program, your appliance must be a second fridge or an upright freezer in working condition and 200 litres or more in volume.

Fridge Buyback provides residents with free collection by professional removalists and a $25 rebate if the removal of the fridge or freezer involves 6 steps/stairs or less. Appliances are collected for free if there are between 7 or 20 steps/stairs but no rebate is available. A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps/stairs.

For more information call 1800 708 401 or visit the Fridge Buyback website at www.fridgebuyback.com.au.

Fridge Buyback is an energy savings program operating under the NSW Government's Energy Savings Scheme and is supported by Council. The program is independently operated by Next Energy Pty Ltd.

A–Z: What goes where? 

Not sure how to dispose of a particular type of waste? Visit Council's A–Z guide for a table of preferred and alternative options for different types of waste.