Lane Cove’s A to Z of Recycling

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
Christmas

Trees Live/Fresh

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
Goodwill Shop – Longueville Road
Red Cross Shop – Longueville Road (note they have a curated collection so they do not take children’s clothes)

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
E-waste
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.

Drop Off

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.

Learn more here.

THE BOWER Reuse & Repair Centre (Marrickville, New South Wales)

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
  • Furniture
  • Kitchenware
  • Books & Music
  • Doors & Windows
  • Gardening
  • Hardware & Tools
  • Timber
  • Building Supplies
  • Plumbing Supplies
  • Bric-a-Brac
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Bikes & Bike Parts
  • Tiles & Pavers (Boxed)
  • Clothing
  • Whitegoods

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

Book a Collection Link Here

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.

Urgent Needs: 

Fridge Freezers

Washing machines – Front and top loaders

Bed bases and mattresses

Televisions

TV units

Quality

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.

Be Prepared

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.

General Tips

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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