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What Can Be Recycled?


​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

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.

Council offers 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.


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

Battery Recycling

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.

Mattress Recycling

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.

Mattresses can be recycled, turning their component parts into useable products. Contact the waste solutions hotline to organise collection on 1300 655 006

Furniture Recycling

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.

Timber Recycling

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.

Waste Avoidance

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.