Red Bin- Your red bin is ONLY for material that cannot be reused, recycled or composted.
Blue Bin- All paper and cardboard, newspaper and magazines will be collected. Please do not jam paper into the bin. Please flatten all cardboard boxes. Paper/cardboard milk and juice containers will be collected. Cartons with silver lining are accepted if they are marked with the recycling symbol. Your paper and cardboard will not be accepted for collection if it contains food stained paper (such as pizza boxes), facial tissues, waxed paper, paper towels, or carbon paper.
Yellow Bin- All empty plastic containers marked with 1-7. Plastic drink and milk bottles and lids, berry and tomato type punnets, margarine containers, coffee cup lids, hard plastic biscuit and cake trays, empty plastic containers (liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner containers), empty plastic medicine bottles, and empty washing detergent bottles. All see-through glass bottles and jars made from green, brown and clear glass are recyclable. Aluminium and steel cans (including aerosols) are accepted. Small quantities of used aluminium foil, single-use pie tins, foil trays.
Paper/cardboard milk and juice containers are not accepted (they need to go into your blue bin). Ceramics and porcelain, broken glass of any kind, white (Malibu) glass, Pyrex cookware, mirrors or windows, light globes, sheet glass or poison bottles are not accepted.
Green Bin- Garden waste including grass clippings, twigs, weeds, leaves and prunings should be placed in your green lidded bin. The maximum size for branches is 10cm in diameter and 30cm long. Note: Logs, timber and tree stumps will not be collected; food scraps are not accepted in your green waste bins.
Plastic bags should not be placed in your recycling bins- these can be recycled through Coles supermarkets REDcycle plastic packaging recycling scheme. They accept soft plastics, including:
- Shopping bags including reusable 'green' bags
- Fresh fruit and veggie bags
- Bread bags
- Biscuit packaging and confectionery packaging
- Rice & pasta packets and frozen food bags
There is also a soft plastics collection bin at the bottom of the escalator of the Lane Cove Plaza Woolworths.
For further information on what is accepted in this kerbside service please visit Council's Recycling webpage. Council has a detailed list of what is accepted in your blue and yellow recycling bins.
Download our Recycling At Home in Lane Cove poster for a detailed description of how to correctly dispose of various household items.
Other Recycling Options
Try selling your unwanted items through Gumtree, FreeCycle, Facebook or Ebay. Alternatively donate items to The Bower or a local charity. This keeps items out of landfill.
As a last resort for bulky household items that can't be reused or upcycled organise a Council Cleanup by calling the waste solutions hotline on 1300 655 006.
Mattresses can be recycled, turning their component parts into useable products. Contact the waste solutions hotline to organise collection on 1300 655 006.
Toothbrushes, Coffee Pods and Beauty Products
Council hosts collection bins for dental items, coffee pods and used beauty products. Bins are located in the foyer of the Civic Centre. Below is a list of what is accepted in each bin:
- Oral Care Bin: Used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, caps and packaging and floss containers
- Used Coffee Pods Bin: Used Nescafe coffee pods
- Used Beauty Products Bin: Used beauty products including shampoo, conditioner and face wash containers, used mascara tubes, makeup brushes, eyeshadow and makeup powder containers. Full list available on TerraCycle website.
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. Watch the video to see what happens to used coffee pods.
Pure Flowers Florist in Lane Cove also host a collection bin for your used coffee pods and are open for drop off's during business hours.
Mobile Phone Recycling with MobileMuster
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.
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.