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The A - Z of waste and recycling provides a guide for disposing of their waste and recycling most safe and beneficial. Click on the alphabet to view information for each letter.

City of Newcastle provides information here to disseminate information for the benefit of the public and recommend users exercise their skill and care. It is made available for general personal use only and City of Newcastle, its officers and employees make no representations, either express or implied, that the information contained is accurate and expressly disclaims all liability for loss or damage arising.

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Residents

Take to Summerhill Community Recycling Centre or a Household Chemical CleanOut event.

Place empty paint tins in your yellow lid recycling bin.

Small quantities of dry paint can be disposed of in your red lid general waste bin.

Commercial Customers

Contact a hazardous waste contractor or take it to a PaintBack location for safe disposal (conditions apply).

Place in your yellow lid recycling bin. Flatten boxes before recycling.

If you have large quantities of cardboard, or large cardboard boxes, take to Summerhill Waste Management Centre for recycling through our Sort & Save service (no charge for Newcastle residents if materials are sorted prior to arrival on site; proof of residency is required).

Commercial customers

Visit Business Recycling to find suitable drop-off or collection service options.

If you no longer want to receive a hard copy of the phone book visit Directory Select.

Place in your yellow lid recycling bin.

Remove food scraps and place pizza box in your yellow lid recycling bin. If the box is heavily stained with oil, place in your red lid general waste bin

All rigid (hard) household plastic bottles can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin, regardless of their recycling symbol number. Please remove all food and liquid first. Lids should be unscrewed and placed in the recycling bin too.

Plastic plates

Remove food waste and place in your yellow lid recycling bin.

Plastic cutlery

Place in your red lid general waste bin.

Visit our soft plastics page to find out about Curby, our kerbside soft plastic recycling program. Plastic bags, packaging and wrap should not be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin unless contained within a registered Curby recycling bag.

Take to supermarkets that accept soft plastic for recycling. 

Take to Summerhill Waste Management Centre for recycling through our Sort & Save service (no charge for Newcastle residents; proof of residency required).

Commercial customers

Take to Summerhill Waste Management Centre for recycling. Fees and minimum charges apply.

Remove food waste and place in your yellow lid recycling bin.

Polystyrene should be bagged and tied securely and placed in your red lid general waste bin

If you wish to recycle clean, white polystyrene please contact Hunter Pod Supplies on (02) 4966 3959.

Awaba Community Recycling Centre, located at 367 Wilton Road, Awaba NSW, accepts household quantities of polystyrene for recycling.

Take small home printer cartridges to Summerhill Community Recycling Centre or a Community Recycling Station.

Some commercial retailers such as OfficeWorks, JB HiFi and Australia Post also take printer cartridges. Visit Close the Loop to find out more. 

Commercial customers

If you have three or more imaging consumables (toner bottles, laser cartridges, ink jet cartridges etc) per month from participating manufacturers, you can register for a collection box from Close the Loop.

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Take to a Community Recycling Station. We donate the collected reading glasses to the Lions Club's Recycle for Sight program. Please note, sunglasses can't be recycled through this program. Please place them in your red lid general waste bin.

You can post reading glasses to the Lion's Club Recycle for Sight

Rechargeable batteries should NOT be placed in any of your kerbside bins. The compaction of the truck may result in a truck fire.

Take to a Community Recycling Station, Summerhill Community Recycling Centre or a Household Chemical CleanOut event.

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Sharps, needles and syringes should never be placed in any of your bins.

Please visit our Sharps, Needles and Syringes page to find out the right way to dispose of them.

For all abandoned trolleys, contact Trolley Tracker on 1800 641 497 or log details directly on the Trolley Tracker website.

Shredded paper can be placed in your yellow-lid recycling bin providing you place it inside a paper bag first. Containing it in a paper bag serves two purposes: it prevents it from escaping into the street when your bin is serviced, and it assists with sorting it at the recycling facility.

Alternatively, there are a few reuse options you may consider, such as:

  • Offering the shredded paper for free on forums such as Gumtree or local ‘buy, swap and sell’ pages. People with chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs are sometimes looking for shredded paper for bedding and nesting material.
  • Calling local vet clinics or pet shops to see if they need shredded paper for bedding.
  • Using shredded paper in your home compost bin or worm farm.

Visit our soft plastics page to find out about Curby, our kerbside soft plastic recycling program.

Take to supermarkets that accept soft plastic for recycling. 

Take to Summerhill Waste Management Centre for recycling through our Sort & Save service (no charge for Newcastle residents if waste is sorted prior to arrival; proof of residence required).

Commercial customers

Take to Summerhill Waste Management Centre for recycling. Fees and minimum charges apply.

Steel and tin cans

Place in your yellow lid recycling bin. Tins don't need to be washed but please remove any food waste.

Steel and tin items

Take larger steel and tin items, such as bikes, corrugated iron and metal fence panels, to Summerhill Waste Management Centre for free disposal through our scrap metal program

Take to a local scrap metal recycler.