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.

The Suez Artarmon Recovery site in Artarmon was purchased by Cleanaway just before Christmas – and has been closed for a period.  The facility is reopening on 30 December 2021.  A spokesperson for Cleanaway told ITC the following:

“The sites will be open again from tomorrow (30 December 2021) for hand unloads. The sites were closed for the purposes of public safety due to high volumes received and that may occur from time to time in the future to maintain safe operations.

The prices are displayed on site:

For Artarmon:

Will be able to drop off cardboard free of charge, note that loads containing over 25% by volume of polystyrene are charged at 1850/T

For loads under 500kg there is a minimum charge of $82, then its $472/T for putrescible waste and $456/T for Dry Material.

For Ryde:

Again note that loads containing over 25% by volume of polystyrene are charged at 1850/T

For loads under 500kg Minimum charge of $78 for waste and $60 for garden organics.  Then it’s $456/T for putrescible, $420/T for dry material and $280/T for garden organics.”

Lane Cove A to Z Recycling – Table

The table below refers to Lane Cove Council requirements.  Some Lane Cove North residents live in the Willoughby Council Area.

Willoughby City Council is trialling a new RecycleSmart programme that allows you to recycle soft plastics, e-waste, textiles and coffee pods etc., from home.

Several councils have trialled RecycleSmart.  When ITC saw this initiative, we raised it with several Lane Cove Councillors and suggested it might be worth trying in Lane Cove.  We have also suggested a recycling station be put in the Management office of The Canopy (particularly for coffee pods as Pureflowers is no longer a drop off).  There is a recycling station in the Lane Cove Council Chambers, but parking near the Chambers is difficult.  Read more here.

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
Officeworks takes batteries as part of their recycling programme collection at Officeworks North Ryde and Chatswood. – details here
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 Generous and the Grateful – ​they are working to ensure all people being assisted into housing can access the bulky essentials that make  it a home, enabling them to thrive such as bed frames.

You must arrange to deliver to their warehouse.

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

The community radio station, Fine Music, run a CD and book fair twice a year at the Crows Nest Centre. You can request a pick up using their online form: https://finemusicsydney.com/bookandcdfair/

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 your blue recycling bin – a larger amount of cardboard can be taken to Cleanaway Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre in Artarmon
CD’s and CD Players Community Recycling Centre Artarmon.
Officeworks takes CD’s as part of their e-waste collection at Officeworks North Ryde and Chatswood. – details hereFor CD’s only  drop them at Lindfield for Lifeline Book Fair.  There is a 24/7 Drop off point at Ignatius and Ponting Roads LinfieldThe community radio station, Fine Music, run a CD and book fair twice a year at the Crows Nest Centre. You can request a pick up using their online form: https://finemusicsydney.com/bookandcdfair/
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 Cleanout 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 and Accessories and Handbags 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)
Life Line is now located on Burns Bay Road (opposite the Post Office – check signage on door as to drop off)

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.  Clothing Clean Up will collect for free:

All types of wearable clothing
All types of wearable shoes
Manchester (no doonas or pillows please)
Handbags, purses & wallets
Accessories – belts, hats, scarves etc
All items are reused by others so please ensure they are in decent condition. They don’t accept damaged, ripped/torn or stained items.
Coat Hangers Triple AAA Dry Cleaning Recycle Wire Coat Hangers
Coffee Pods – Nescafe Recycle at  Lane Cove Council
Computers Community Recycling Centre Artarmon

Officeworks takes computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, printers,  computer mouse, hard drives, cables and chargers, computer power supplies, motherboards and printed circuit boards as part of their recycling programme collection at Officeworks North Ryde and Chatswood. – details here

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 Generous and the Grateful – ​they are working to ensure all people being assisted into housing can access the bulky essentials that make  it a home, enabling them to thrive such as dining tables.

You must arrange to deliver to their warehouse.

Double Bed Bases The Generous and the Grateful Generous and the Grateful – ​they are working to ensure all people being assisted into housing can access the bulky essentials that make  it a home, enabling them to thrive such as dining tables.

You must arrange to deliver to their warehouse.

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

Officeworks takes computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, printers,  computer mouse, hard drives, cables and chargers, computer power supplies, motherboards and printed circuit boards as part of their recycling programme collection at Officeworks North Ryde and Chatswood. – details here

Ensembles The Generous and the Grateful Generous and the Grateful – ​they are working to ensure all people being assisted into housing can access the bulky essentials that make  it a home, enabling them to thrive such as ensembles

You must arrange to deliver to their warehouse.

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 Generous and the Grateful – ​they are working to ensure all people being assisted into housing can access the bulky essentials that make  it a home, enabling them to thrive such as a working fridge

You must arrange to deliver to their warehouse.

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
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 – you need to drop off to them
It can also 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 of off properly if taken to any local chemist.  More details here
Mattresses  

Can be recycled via household clean up – book online here

Ecosa Mattresses offer a recycling programme – they will pick up from your house.  You pay $80 and they will give you an $80 voucher to spend on their beds – click here for a good article on how it works

Note the Generous and the Grateful  NO longer take mattresses.

Microwave The Generous and the Grateful will take working microwaves you need to drop off to them or can be recycled via Community Recycling Centre
Mobile Phones Community Recycling Centre Artarmon
Officeworks will recycle as part of their recycling programme collection at Officeworks North Ryde and Chatswood. – details here
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/Paper Can be added to your blue recycling bin
Paint (oil and water based) Community Recycling Centre Artarmon
Pallets Accepted a Suez resource recovery centre
Pens and Marker Recycling Officeworks will recycle as part of their recycling programme collection at Officeworks North Ryde and Chatswood. – details here
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 – NEVER PUT THEM IN YOUR YELLOW RECYCLING BIN – IT CLOGS UP THE MACHINE

 

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 (but it takes time to feed the machine)

Try the return and earn depot at Lane Cove West (they will also pick up from your house if you order a bin 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 recycling 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 washing machines.  You will need to drop off to their warehouse.

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 (GG)

(note they are closed for 2021 and will be back in 2022)

At GG they connect excess with need to help people and the planet.

​We are working to ensure all people being assisted into housing can access the bulky essentials that make  it a home, enabling them to thrive.

Beds + Fridge + Sofa + Table & Chairs = Dignity and Hope

Their goal is to uplift people’s lives, show them they are worthy of lovely things. GG only accept items that are clean, fully functioning, stain free and with all parts present that you would be proud to offer a friend, neighbour or relative. GG reserve the right of refusal of items at pick up/delivery, if we think the donated items do not meet our criteria.

 

GG accept the following items:
  • Fridge/Freezers (under 10 years old in excellent working condition)
  • Washing Machines (under 10 years old in excellent working condition)
  • Dining Tables (up to 6 seater)​
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Wardrobes (not too large or heavy)
  • Microwaves
  • TVs (including all cables and remote)
  • TV Units (low units only, not too large or bulky)

GG cannot pick up items. GG instead focus their limited funding on covering the cost of delivering your beautiful items to their deserving recipients. When you help get your items to GG, either by dropping them to their warehouse or booking your own transporter for pick up, you are helping us in a big way, so they can focus our time and funds to getting the big, heavy key items, that every home needs, to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. GG thanks you for helping towards getting your items to us and as a result, helping us deliver kindness and dignity to so many who really need it.

There are two options, depending on where you are located and how soon you need pick up to occur:
  1. Drop the item(s) to their warehouse in Macquarie Park on Tuesday 6:45pm–8:00pm; Wednesday 10:00am–2:00pm; Saturday 10am–12:00pm. (FREE).
  2. Directly Book and pay a trusted, affordable transport contractor to pick it up on a day that suits you. (Flexible but more costly option)

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

Circular Economy

Hoo-haz is a share economy app that allows you to search for any household item you may need to use for a short period of time without the need to spend unnecessary funds purchasing it.

I like to use the example of a ladder. Most households own a ladder because it is the sort of item you need once in a while but then predominantly sits in the garage, gathering dust.

By typing “ladder” into the search field in the Hoo-haz app and setting your desired search radius from your current location, Hoo-haz then identifies all the households (we refer to these users as “the Hazzers”) in your neighbourhood/community who have a ladder for rent.  More details here.

If you love this idea but are downsizing or have no space in your garage or apartment, why not donate an item to The Sydney Library of Things?  This is a library where members can borrow everyday household items.  Hoo-Haz and The Sydney Library of Things are part of the circular economy.

If you like the circular economy, you might want to look at Bec & Bel – they are located in Lane Cove, and you can sell on consignment designer and vintage items or grab some lovely clothes.  They have just started Bec & Bel kids.  More details here.

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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