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What Can Be Recycled?


General Waste

Red Bin- Your red bin is ONLY for material that cannot be reused, recycled or composted.

Recycling Options 

Blue Bin- All paper and cardboard, newspaper, empty pizza boxes and magazines will be collected. Please do not jam paper into the bin. Please flatten all cardboard boxes. Small amounts of shredded papper, ideally placed in a paper bag, will also be accepted in your blue bin. Your paper and cardboard will not be accepted for collection if it contains facial tissues, waxed paper, paper towels or carbon paper.

Yellow Bin- All empty plastic containers. Plastic drink and milk bottles and lids, berry and tomato type punnets, margarine containers, hard plastic biscuit and cake trays, empty 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.

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.

​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 


Council has partnered with RecycleSmart to offer a free recycling home collection service.

The service, known as a 'Power Pickup', offers residents an on-demand collection of tricky-to-recycle items: items that are recyclable, but cannot be thrown away in the yellow or blue bins (i.e. e-waste, clothing and misfits such as batteries and bulbs).

To find out more and book a Power Pickup visit


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 disposed of in your bulky collection by calling the waste solutions hotline on 1300 655 006.

Building Materials

The Belrose Waste Management Centre accept items such as mixed brick and concrete, clean segregated bricks and segregated concrete, asphalt, rubble and sand based, mixed light demolition waste, non-recyclable waste (polystyrene, insulation, foam packaging), carpets and plaster.

Toothbrushes, Coffee Pods and Australia Post Satchels

Council hosts collection bins for dental items, coffee pods, beauty products and Australia Post satchels. 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
  • Australia Post Satchels: pre-paid mailing satchels and padded satchels
  • Beauty Products Bin: used beauty product packing ranging from shampoo bottles to old make-up containers

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. 

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

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.