Council collaborates with many different organisations to ensure that residents have the option of recycling items that may not be recycled through our kerbside collection service. Some of these programs are listed below.
Which Bin Does It Go In?
Download our Recycling At Home in Lane Cove poster for a detailed description of how to correctly dispose of various household items.
Plastic Bags and Soft Plastic Recycling
Coles Supermarkets Redcycle plastic bag and packaging recycling program provides customers with an opportunity to return their plastic bags and packaging to specially marked bins at the front of participating stores, which are then turned into outdoor furniture for Aussie primary schools and pre-schools.
Types of soft plastics
- Shopping bags including reusable 'green’ bags
- Fresh fruit and vegie bags
- Bread bags
- Biscuit packaging and confectionery packaging
- Rice & pasta packets and frozen food bags
For more information visit the Coles website at https://www.coles.com.au/corporate-responsibility/responsible-sourcing-and-sustainability/waste
There is also a soft plastics collection
bin at the bottom of the escalator of the Lane Cove Plaza Woolworths.
Coffee Pod and Used Toothbrush Recycling Collection Boxes
To maximise the amount we recycle as a community, Council is promoting a unique waste collection service for coffee pods and used toothbrushes and associated dental items.
Australians discard around 30 million
toothbrushes each year and use around 3 million coffee pods daily. This
contributes hundreds of tonnes of aluminium and plastic to landfill each year
which could otherwise be diverted through recycling.
Pure Flowers Florist in Lane Cove host a collection bin for your used coffee pods so feel free to drop off your used coffee pods in store during business hours. Council is also currently trialling a recycling service for used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, caps and packaging and floss containers, a designated waste bin is located in the foyer of the Civic Centre.
These collection boxes are run by TerraCycle, a company eliminating the idea of waste by recycling the "non-recyclable". TerraCycle offers a range of free programs that are funded by conscientious companies, as well as recycling solutions available for purchase for almost every form of waste. Find more information on TerraCycle's circular approach to repurposing waste or order your own collection box via their website.
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. To participate in the program, your fridge must be:
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. There are an estimated 2400 eligible fridges in the Lane Cove LGA. If fridge removal involves six stairs or less, you'll receive a rebate of $35. If removal involves 20 stairs or more, a fee will apply.
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.
Statistics and research suggest there are over 27, 000 mobiles in the households of the Lane Cove area. Of these, 13, 000 are deemed to be surplus to requirements and ready to recycle.
You can drop off you old mobile phones and chargers at the following locations in Lane Cove:
- Lane Cove Council, 48 Longueville Road Lane Cove
- 3 Shop, Ground Floor 207 Pacific Hwy St Leonards
- Access Mobile Solution, 103 Longueville Road Lane Cove
- ANZ Bank, 17 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove
- ANZ Bank, 207 Pacific Hwy St Leonards
- Free Phone, 64 Dickson Ave Artarmon
You can also download a reply-paid label so that you can send your mobile phone to MobileMuster by post.
For further information visit www.mobilemuster.com.au.
Council collects household quantities of single use and rechargeable batteries for recycling. Simply drop off your old batteries at the Lane Cove Council Administration Centre during opening hours.
Sorry but we do not accept car batteries and other large batteries.
Light bulb Recycling
The Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group (LCSAG) has organised through MRI a battery recycling bin inside Coles. The bin takes batteries, light globes, fluro tubes, mobile phones and ink cartridges. They are currently working to extend this service within Woolworths as well.
Approximately 5,000 mattresses are disposed of each year in Lane Cove with each piece occupying approximately 1.5 cubic metres or more of landfill space. Mattresses are hard to compact, and the springs can easily catch in equipment used in landfill.
In response, Lane Cove Council in partnership with Mission Australia's Soft Landing is recycling mattresses from booked Household Clean Up Services. This program is funded by the NSW EPA's Better Waste Recycling Fund. Over 90% of each mattress (by weight) can be recycled into other useful products.
Council has partnered with The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre to collect or re-home unwanted goods that are still in usable condition. Too often, items going to landfill via council clean-up could still be used by someone else. Book a free collection or find out more information.
Electronic Waste Recycling
Council offers two free e-waste collection days per year. You can bring residential e-waste to be recycled correclty and diverted from landfill. These e-waste days are for Lane Cove and Hunters Hill residents only. For more information on what is accepted visit Council's e-waste page.
Before throwing something out consider giving it away to an opportunity shop or a re-use and repair cooperative such as Reverse Garbage, The Bower Cycle Re-cycle (bicycles).
You may also like to try eBay or Gumtree. There are also many charitable organisations such as St.Vincent De Paul Society, The Salvation Army and Australian Red Cross.
You may be surprised what some people will happily take off your hands.