ITC has put together the A to Z of recycling in Lane Cove. We have looked through all your questions and comments on recycling on our In the Cove Facebook page and ITC Lane Cove Chat and this has helped us to compile the list. If we have missed anything please let us know as we will try and update this list every couple of months. Bookmark this article and you will have a handy resource.
|Item||Where to Recycle|
|Aerosol Cans||Community Recycling Centre or your yellow recycling bin|
|Aluminium Cans||Yellow Recycling Bin|
|Australia Post Plastic Satchels||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Batteries (car)||Community Recycling Centre|
|Batteries (dry cell)||Lane Cove Council accepts batteries and also look for bins in Coles and Woolworths|
|Batteries Phone||Pop in the Mobile Muster boxes at the Lane Cove Library, Lane Cove Council or Storage King Lane Cove|
|Beauty Products||Lane Cove Council offer beauty product recycling. Place these items in the recycling bin opposite the customer service desk.|
|Bed Frames||The Generous and the Grateful will collect them|
|Bikes||Renegade Cycles – they are a collection point for Recycle Cycles . Each week a volunteer from Recycle Cycles picks up the bikes and repairs them. They are located on Burns Bay Road near IGA Express (aka Agora) or donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.
|Biscuit Package (outer wrapper only)||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Bread Bags (without the tie)||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Books||Drop them at one of the street libraries in Lane Cove or drop them at Lindfield for Lifeline Book Fair. There is a 24/7 Drop off point at Ignatius and Ponting Roads Linfield or you can donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free. You can also drop them off to the three “op” shops in Lane Cove – see under Clothes – but larger donations might need to be taken to Lifeline|
|Bubble Wrap||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove – large sheets must be cut into A3 size|
|Building Waste||Building Material and up to 5 Tyres at Ryde Transfer Station|
|Cat and Dog Food Pouches||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Cardboard||Clean cardboard in you blue recycling bin – large amount of cardboard can be taken to Suez Artarmon Recovery site in Artarmon|
|CD’s and CD Players||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon. For CD’s only drop them at Lindfield for Lifeline Book Fair. There is a 24/7 Drop off point at Ignatius and Ponting Roads Linfield|
|Cellophane from Bunches of Flowers||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Cereal box liners||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Chip and Cracker Packets (silver lined)||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Chocolate and snack bar wrappers||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Confectionery bags||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Carpet||Book a Lane Cove Household Collection Clean UP Service – each house/apartment is entitled to four free clean ups a year. Book online here|
|Chemicals||Drop them off at the next Household Chemical Clean out event – date and address details here|
|After Christmas each year you can take your tree to the Lane Cove Council Depot and they will mulch them up and use them around Lane Cove|
|Clothing||Clothes can be dropped off at the following op shops in Lane Cove
St Vinnies – drop off at back of shop on Birdwood Lane
St Vinnies Crow’s Nest – have a bigger store and accept more goods – directions here
Do not leave good at op shops when they are closed. Always do it when they are open
You can also drop off clothes at any H&M store (closest are Chatswood and Macquarie Centre)
You can also donate good quality clothing to Clothing Clean Up who will collect the clothes from your house – however this is a commercial enterprise. More info here.
|Coat Hangers||Triple AAA Dry Cleaning Recycle Wire Coat Hangers|
|Coffee Pods – Nescafe||Recycle at Pure Flowers Lane Cove or Lane Cove Council|
|Computers||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Computer Games||Drop them at Lindfield for Lifeline Book Fair. There is a 24/7 Drop off point at Ignatius and Ponting Roads Linfield|
|Cooking Oil||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Dining Tables that seat 2- 4 people (no glass tops)||The Generous and the Grateful will collect them and provide them to refuge families.|
|Double Bed Bases||The Generous and the Grateful will collect them and provide them to refuge families.|
|Doors and Windows||Donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.|
|Dry Pet Food Bags||REDcycle Coles or Wooloworths Lane Cove|
|DVD’s or DVD Player||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon. For DVD’s only drop them at Lindfield for Lifeline Book Fair. There is a 24/7 Drop off point at Ignatius and Ponting Roads Linfield|
|Egg Cartons||Can be added to your blue recycling bin|
|Envelopes||Envelopes (either ones with a cellophane window) can be added to your blue recycling bin|
eg. computers, TVs, small electrical appliances, white goods are not accepted, please remove plastic covers on CDs/DVDs and any plastic or cardboard packaging
|Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Ensembles||The Generous and the Grateful will collect them and provide them to refuge families.|
|Eyewear||Eyes on Lane Cove is a drop off for glasses that are recycled for third world countries.|
|Fire Extinguishers||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Fluorescent light globes and Tubes||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Food Waste||Can be recycled in a compost bin or worm farm (please note Lane Cove Council no longer offers a worm farm rebate). You can also donate your food scraps to others who have a compost bin and have registered or Sharewaste.com|
|Fridges||The Generous and the Grateful will take working fridges and provide them to refuge families. If it is not in working order can be recycled via household clean up – book online here|
|Freezers||Lane Cove Council Household clean up – book online here|
|Furniture||For general furniture (other than the specific items listed in this table) can be recycled via household clean up – book online here or you can donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.|
|Gardening Waste||Goes into your green lidded bin|
|Gas Bottles||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Green Bags (polypropylene bags)||They can be put in the share bag bins which are in the foyer of Lane Cove Market Square, outside Coles Lane Cove or IGA Greenwich (currently not there due to COVID19 – will update when they return)|
|Hardware and Tools||Donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.|
|Lounges||The Generous and the Grateful will take good quality lounges or can be disposed of via household clean up – book online here or you can donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.|
|Kitchenware||Household clean up – book online here or you can donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.|
|Medicines||They will NOT be recycled but will be disposed off properly if taken to any local chemist. More details here|
|Mattresses||The Generous and the Grateful will take good quality mattresses or can be recycled via household clean up – book online here|
|Microwave||The Generous and the Grateful will take working microwaves or can be recycled via Community Recycling Centre|
|Mobile Phones||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Motor Oil||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Mirrors||Small broken mirrors should be wrapped securely and placed in your red bin. For larger mirrors Suez Artarmon Waste Management Centre (fees apply).
|Newspapers||Can be added to your blue recycling bin|
|Paint (oil and water based)||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Pallets||Accepted a Suez resource recovery centre|
|Paper||Blue Recycling Bin|
|Phone Book||Blue Recycling Bin. Even better take action to cancel a phone book by registering your address at this site.|
|Pizza Box||Clean Pizza Box – Blue Bin
Dirty and Greasy Pizza Box – Red Bin
|Plastic Carrier Bags from all stores||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Plastic Bottles and Containers||Can be Added to your yellow Recycling Bin
Can be taken to return and earn depot or machine in Little Street Carkpark or try out the new return and earn depot at Lane Cove West (they will also pick up from your house if you order containers from them) Details here
|Plastic Wraps on Newspaper and Mags||REDcycle at Coles or Woolworths|
|Plastic Large Sheets of plastic that come with furniture cut into A3 Size||REDcycle at Coles or Woolworths|
|Plumbing Hardware||Donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.|
|Postage Stamps Collection||Donate to Lifeline or have your collection valued by a Lane Cove Local Expert for sale – more info here|
|Printer Cartridges||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon or you can drop off your used or empty laser and inkjet cartridges at all Officeworks and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets. Inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges and toner bottles are accepted. This includes cartridges used in printers, photocopiers and fax machines.
(Please note, some boxes may not be visible or on display due to limited store floor space, in these cases please ask the staff at the counter and hand cartridge directly to them.)
|School Uniforms||Sell via the Sustainable Schools Site|
|Smoke Detectors||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
|Snap Lock Bags or Zip Lock||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Sofas||The Generous and the Grateful will take good quality sofas or can be recycled via household clean up – book online here|
|Soft Plastics||If the plastic can be squeezed into a ball it is generally considered to be soft plastic and can be recycled at REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Squeeze pouches with lids on (yoghurt and baby food)||REDcycle Bin Coles and Woolworths Lane Cove|
|Television||The Generous and the Grateful will take working TV’s or can be recycled via Community Recycling Centre|
|Textbooks||Sell via the Sustainable Schools Site or donate to Lifeline|
|Timber||Donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.|
|Toothbrushes||Lane Cove Council offer beauty product recycling. Place these items in the recycling bin opposite the customer service desk.|
|Washing Machines||The Generous and the Grateful will take working fridges and provide them to refuge families. If it is not in working order can be disposed of via household clean up – book online here or donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.|
|Whitegoods||Whitegoods not mentioned above can be collected via household clean up but may go to landfill – book online here or donate to the Bower and they will pick up for free.|
|X- Ray Films||Community Recycling Centre Artarmon|
Lane Cove Return and Earn Depot – Lane Cove West
Lane Cove Return and Earn is a partner of the return and earn initiative. They provide an easy return and earn experience for you and your family.
Just drop off your eligible containers to 67 Mars Road Lane Cove West.
An account is NOT needed if you are making deliveries to their site in person.
Residential Return and Earn Collection
The following services are provided:
- Regular Bin Service (with bin provided by Lane Cove Return and Earn)
- Regular and Non-Regular Bag Collection Services
One-off Collections from Your Residence
You bag up your cans in a bag provided by your household and it is collected by Lane Cove Return and Earn.
The Bower is an environmental not-for-profit committed to reducing landfill.
Their range of services and programs are all based on the ethos of reuse and repair – this is the principle that guides everything they do.
The Bower has agreements with over 20 Sydney metropolitan councils to collect unwanted household goods and rehome them including Lane Cove Council.
Acceptable Donations List
Below is listed all the types of items the Bower accepts as donations.
- Electronic Appliances
- Books & Music
- Doors & Windows
- Hardware & Tools
- Building Supplies
- Plumbing Supplies
- Sports & Leisure
- Bikes & Bike Parts
- Tiles & Pavers (Boxed)
Items they Cannot Accept
Unfortunately, there are a few categories of items the Bower cannot accept, due to their construction, reusability, or safety requirements.
- Entertainment Units (Large)
- Chipboard & MDF
- Linen & Soft Furnishings
- Gas Appliances
- Mattresses & Sofabeds
- Baby & Children’s products
- Column Heaters & Plastic Fans
- Office Furniture
The Generous and the Grateful
The Generous and the Grateful’s West Ryde warehouse is open Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; Thursday 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm; Saturday 10:am – 12:00pm. to accept contactless donations. They need fridges, washing machines, beds, tallboys, televisions and TV units.
Need a pickup? Can you help cover transport costs? As a new not-for-profit, we use our limited funds to test, collate and dispatch home essentials packages to our recipients in need, at no cost to them personally. When you help get your items to us, we conserve funds so we can help more people, long into the future.
A small donation towards costs, eg: $35 to collect a few items on a day when our truck is in your area, can make a HUGE difference.
Please only submit an offer if you have an item to share in beautiful used condition and can pitch in towards the cost of picking it up from you in our catchment. No exceptions.
Washing machines – Front and top loaders
Bed bases and mattresses
Are the items you wish to donate in GREAT condition? (That means damage and stain-free, all parts present, in full working order and washed out, ready to deliver). Electricals must be less than 15 years old, please. They ONLY take great items that will help create a welcoming home and make someone feel respected and empowered.
We cannot pickup your items for free. GG is a new and growing nonprofit. A week’s notice or more helps us keep up with processing and handling. We use our limited funds to deliver packages to our lovely recipients at no cost to them, so we ask our donors to please choose one of the following:
Directly Book and PAY our trusted, affordable transport contractor to pick it up on a day that suits you.
Book and PAY GG to pick it up on a GG Scheduled Transporter day (Weds/Fri).
Drop the item(s) to our warehouse in Hope Street, West Ryde on Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; Thursday 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm; Saturday 10:am – 12:00pm.
IF you have a fridge or washing machine, and cannot cover the costs of transport you can ask for a sponsored pickup, please note we do not have an ongoing funding and are all volunteers.
Broken Items – Don’t throw it out get it fixed for free at the Repair Café in Lane Cove (open the first two Sundays of the month in the afternoon – details here)
Unwanted Items – See if someone else wants your unwanted items by joining the Lower North Shore Free Stuff and Low Waste Facebook Group
Are you Recycling Correctly?
According to Recycle Smart a recent survey revealed that 99% of residents are still unsure how to recycle some household items. Recycle Smart has released an app to help you choose the right items to recycle. You can find out more here.
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