Sort and Save

At our new Resource Recovery Centre we have introduced a Sort & Save service for all Newcastle residents. Many of the wastes we generate in our homes can be brought to Summerhill at no charge to you if you pre-sort your load before you arrive.

Sort & Save lets you:
✓ Save money – the more we can recover, the less you’ll pay!
✓ Save time – quickly unload different materials at the designated collection points
✓ Save our environment – keep waste out of landfill

Residents can use this service as often as they like during Summerhill Waste Management Centre’s opening hours. No booking is required.

Sort & Save*

  • Scrap metal
  • Recyclable food and beverage containers
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Soft plastic
  • Clean untreated wood

E-waste* (max. of 10 per visit)

  • TVs
  • Computers, printers and scanners
  • VCRs, DVD players, radios/stereos
  • Kitchen appliances (eg, blenders)
  • Fans and heaters
For a full list of eligible E- Waste items visit our E-Waste page.

* Sort & Save and E-Waste services are for Newcastle residents only. Proof of residency must be provided and items must be pre-sorted before you arrive to receive no charge.

Household problem wastes++ – no charge for these items

  • Paint
  • Household and car batteries
  • Fluoro globes and tubes
  • Motor and other oils
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors
  • Mobile phones and batteries
  • Printer cartridges
  • Reading glasses
  • X-rays
++ Service available to all NSW residents. Household quantities only. Maximum of 20L or 20kg container size.

To find out more information on how to dispose of other chemicals visit our Problem wastes page

Not sure how to pre-sort?

Pre-sorting your load is as simple as grouping like items together in the back of your car, ute or trailer, rather than having them all mixed together. If you organise your load before you leave home, you can take advantage of our new Sort & Save service and spend less time and money during your visit.

Taking a little extra time to pack your load before you leave home can make a big difference to how much you’ll pay once you arrive.

Sorting your load helps our team members to quickly identify what materials can be recovered from your load free of charge, meaning they can charge you the lowest applicable disposal fees for remaining items. Don’t forget to wear closed shoes when you visit the Summerhill Waste Management Centre.

What if I don’t sort before I arrive?

Anyone with mixed waste will still be welcome at our Resource Recovery Centre. Those customers will pay normal disposal fees, tip off undercover and then we will use plant, equipment and people to sort recyclable items out of mixed waste.
You are also welcome to use your bulk waste self-haul voucher to bring unsorted loads of household waste to Summerhill Waste Management Centre, however you might like to save your voucher for when you really need it by taking time at home to sort out those items you can drop-off at no charge. Find out more information about bulk waste vouchers

Don’t forget to wear closed shoes when you visit the Summerhill Waste Management Centre.