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Waste and Recycling


Lane Cove Council provides residential recycling and waste collection.

To find out about services and initiatives aimed at supporting responsible disposal of waste, click through the list on the left hand side of this page.

Where does our waste go?

Lane Cove's general waste is transported by rail, along with waste from several other Council's, to Veolia Environmental Services' Woodlawn Bioreactor, near Goulburn. Once there, the waste deposited into the Bioreactor breaks down rapidly to produce methane. The methane is then used to produce green energy. At full capacity, Woodlawn Bioreactor (and the on-site wind farm) can generate almost 300,000MWh per year, providing equivalent power for 37,500 homes per year.

In addition to this, Veolia in partnership with several Sydney councils have recently launched the Mechanical and Biological Treatment facility at Woodlawn Eco-precinct. This facility uses resource recovery technology to extract organic content from Council's waste streams; producing compost for on-site mine rehabilitation. The facility also has the ability to transform residual waste into clean heat for their barramundi farm and green energy for the grid. The facility will process 144,000T of waste per annum and will divert more than half of participating councils' general waste tonnes away from landfill.

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 or Cycle Re-cycle (bicycles). Lane Cove has its very own Repair Cafe where items can be repaired at no cost. A large range of items can be both donated and borrowed from the Sydney Library of Things based at the Coal Loader Centre at Waverton. There are also many charitable organisations such as St.Vincent De Paul Society, The Salvation Army and Australian Red Cross, who accept donations of unwanted furniture, clothes and bric a brac. 

You may also like to try selling your items through eBay or Gumtree or Facebook groups such as Lower North Shore (Sydney) Free Stuff & Low Waste Living. Another option is to host a garage sale- for tips see Council's garage sale page. 

Learn To Buy and Sell Online

Take a look at our tutorials below to learn how to use various online websites such as eBay, Gumtree, FreeCycle, Facebook marketplace and more to sell your unwanted items. Tips include how to take a good photo when selling an item as well as how to market and price your items.

Download Learn to Buy and Sell Outline - Part 1

Download Learn to Buy and Sell Outline - Part 2

Enquiries about Council's services can be made to our Waste Solutions Hotline on 1300 655 006.