The Community Recycling Centre is a hit with Lane Cove Residents

The Community Recycling Centre is a one-stop-shop for safely disposing of problem household wastes such as paint, gas bottles, e-waste or motor oil and more.  In other words, problem wastes that can’t be collected via council kerbside waste or recycling collection services.

It is a free service and the Community Recycling Centre is conveniently located at 8 Waltham Street Artarmon.

A spokesperson for the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment told ITC:

“The residents of Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, North Sydney, Willoughby, Ryde and Mosman Councils should be congratulated for their outstanding commitment to the Artarmon CRC.

The Artarmon CRC collects the second-highest volumes in the state, collecting over 190,000 kg in 2019, and this figure is growing each year.

Since it opened Artarmon CRC has collected over 540,000 kg of household problem waste. This includes over 11,500 kg of household batteries, 41,900 kg of gas bottles and 400,200 kg of paint (enough to paint the Sydney Harbour Bridge over 10 times).”

Location

8 Waltham Street Artarmon (see map below).  You drive in and waste is collected from your car.

Opening Times

Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday and Friday – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday – 8:00am – 4:00pm

Closed on Public Holidays.

What Can You Drop Off?

You can drop off the following items for FREE:

  • Paint (oil and water based)
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent light globes and tubes
  • Electronic Waste (eg. computers, TVs, DVD players, CD players, electrical equipment and small electrical appliances).
  • DVD’s and CD’s. Please remove plastic covers on CD’s/DVD’s and any plastic or cardboard packaging.  
  • Household batteries
  • Lead Acid Batteries (eg. car & motorbike batteries)
  • Motor and other oils (including cooking oil)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Mobile phones
  • X-ray films
  • White goods are not accepted

Only household quantities of the above materials will be accepted. This is equivalent to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms for each of the items listed above.

Household chemicals such as household cleaners, motor fuels, acids and alkalis, garden and hobby chemicals will not be accepted at the CRC. These items must be taken to a Household Chemical CleanOut event. To find your closest event visit the ChemicalCleanOut website.

What happens to waste items after they have been dropped off?

  • Paints are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are recycled.
  • Lead acid batteries are sent to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled.
  • Fluorescent tubes and globes contain mercury. Recyclers crush the tubes to separate the phosphor powder from the glass. They feed the powder through receiving containers, where it is filtered to capture fugitive mercury emissions. The mercury is then separated by distillation and sold for a range of industrial uses. The metals are also recycled.
  • Gas bottles have residual gas captured for reuse. Undamaged bottles are retested, restamped and entered into the hire industry. Damaged bottles are punctured and recycled as scrap metal.
  • Used oils are processed to become a lubricant or used for waste to energy.

Want More Information?

For more information call 9936 8100 or visit the EPA Recycling Centre pages.

What Are Some Other Recycling Options?

Check out our Lane Cove A to Z Recycle list here.  The other recycling programmes that are working well in Lane Cove are Return and Earn and Soft Plastic Recycling.

Recycling Bottles and Cans with Return and Earn

A return and earn reverse vending machine is now located at Little Street Carpark.

The machine became operational on Monday 9 December 2019. It is located on P1 of the Little Street car park.

Lane Cove’s new reverse vending machine is also a success with 297,773 containers already returned since the machine was installed.

Statewide between 21 December 2019 and 16 January 2020 there were several days when more than 7 million drink containers were returned each day, including three days with over 8 million containers returned. The largest day on record was 30 December 2019, which saw an enormous 8.42 million returned to reverse vending machines.

The scheme has highlighted so many positives across communities and every bottle returned is a win for the environment and for recycling efforts. Over $1,000,000 has been raised for donation partners in the last two years. Any school, charity, community or sporting group interested in fundraising as a local donation partner can visit the Return and Earn website to find out how to get involved.

More information about the scheme, including eligible containers and return point locations is available at www.returnandearn.org.au

Return and Earn Location

Little Street Car Park is located opposite the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre.  It is located in a parking station but you do not need to go into the carpark itself.  The machine is located before the boomgate.

Operating Hours

The machine has limited operating hours as it is located in the basement of a residential building.

Monday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Since the ITC family has been separating our soft plastics, we have reduced the amount of rubbish collected from our red lidded bin.

The Future of Waste in NSW

Last week  State Environment ministers agreed to a range of ambitious targets to reduce our waste including:

  • An 80 per cent recovery rate of material across all waste streams;
  • Significant increases to government procurement of recycled materials; and
  • Halving the amount of organic waste sent to landfill.

The NSW Government recently released a 20 Year Waste Strategy Issues Paper “Cleaning Up Our Act: The Future for Waste and Resource Recovery in NSW”.

They are seeking public feedback on the future of waste and recycling in New South Wales, including feedback on options to optimise household problem waste services. For further details and to have your say click here.

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