Lane Cove North Residents Can Recycle From Home – Willoughby City Council Initiative

If you live on the Mowbray Public School side of Mowbray Road, you live in the Willoughby City 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.

RecycleSmart Pilot Willoughby City Council

Residents of Willoughby Council can now conveniently recycle more household items without leaving home. In partnership with RecycleSmart, Willoughby Council is today launching a pilot initiative for Willoughby residents to have items such as textiles, batteries, soft plastics, and e-waste collected directly from their front door and recycled locally for free.

Powered by a user-friendly smartphone app, RecycleSmart is a convenient solution to a challenging issue. Until now, many household items could not be recycled in the yellow bins for kerbside collection.

The RecycleSmart pilot program will complement the existing kerbside collection in Willoughby by managing four major categories of household waste:

  • Soft Plastics
  • E-waste (electronics, mobile devices)
  • Textiles (clothing, fabrics)
  • Small household items (batteries, light globes, coffee pods and many more)

Previously, to properly recycle these items, residents were required to take separate recyclables to various locations, including retail stores or recycling centres. Without a home collection service, many of these recyclable items ended up in the red general rubbish bin for kerbside collection, destined for landfill. Up to 20 per cent of the average red bin contains items that could be recycled.

How Does It Work?

Residents can book their Power Pickup in three steps.

  1. Download the RecycleSmart app (or visit the website)
  2. Gather the recyclable items and leave up to two bags of recyclables at their door
  3. Book their collection with three quick clicks on the app (or website).

A local, friendly driver will come and collect them, ensuring every item is properly recycled.

Residents can subscribe to a monthly Power Pickup for FREE (up to two bags per month) or book on-demand for $2 per bag.

“Willoughby City Council is committed to our vision of a green and liveable city. The RecycleSmart service will help residents confidently solve the problem of how to recycle the household items they use every day. We encourage everyone in the community to book a Power Pickup the next time they need to recycle soft plastics, clothes or e-waste,” urged Debra Just, CEO, Willoughby City Council.

RecycleSmart has diverted over 95,000 kilos of waste from landfill and completed over 23,000 Power Pickups in just over two years.

“We are here to change the way people feel about recycling, so they recycle more things, more often. We achieve that by making recycling digital, fun and easy. We believe recycling should be something you look forward to doing.” says Giorgio Baracchi, CEO and co-founder of RecycleSmart.

Download the RecycleSmart app wherever you get your apps or visit: