Community Recycling Stations

Community Recycling Stations

At our Community Recycling Stations, you can drop off small amounts of the following household wastes:

  • Batteries - household only; no car batteries
  • Eye glasses (reading glasses)
  • Fluorescent light globes - no tubes
  • Mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories
  • Printer ink cartridges
  • X-rays.

The free service is provided by City of Newcastle and the NSW EPA.

The stations are located inside several of our community facilities and accessible during normal opening hours.

The types of waste accepted at each Community Recycling Station varies by facility, as shown in the table below.









Printer ink


Customer Service Centre (12 Stewart Avenue) Yes Yes No Yes Yes No

Library - Beresfield

Yes Yes No No No Yes
Library - Newcastle Yes Yes No No No Yes
Library - New Lambton Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Library - Stockton Yes Yes No No No Yes
Library - Wallsend Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Newcastle Museum Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Summerhill Waste Management Centre Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Frequently asked questions

Our Community Recycling Stations are for City of Newcastle residents only.

If you live outside of the Newcastle local government area, please check with your local council for recycling options available to you.

Our Community Recycling Stations are for small quantities of problem wastes generated by households.

Businesses and schools should contact a waste disposal service directly or visit to find out how to recycle problem wastes.

The Community Recycling Stations are essentially small cabinets designed to take small quantities of wastes that residents may wish to bring with them when they are visiting one of the above facilities.

The stations supplement the Summerhill Community Recycling Centre and Household Chemical CleanOut events  that cater for larger quantities of problem wastes, and wastes not suitable for collection at the above community facilities (such as liquid problem wastes and hazardous problem wastes).

Residents are asked to only bring in a few items of each waste per visit, such as a handful of batteries and up to 20 X-rays per visit. Larger quantities can be dropped off free of charge at the Summerhill Community Recycling Centre.

  • Household batteries - lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled
  • Eye (reading) glasses - sent to third world countries through the Lions Recycle for Sight program.
  • Fluorescent light globes - mercury is separated and sold for a range of industrial uses. The glass and metals remaining from the process are also recycled.
  • Mobile phones - recycled through MobileMuster, preventing hazardous materials from entering the environment.
  • Printer ink cartridges - recycled through Close the Loop® in Melbourne. The cartridges are sent back to the manufacturer for reuse in new cartridges.
  • X-rays - processed in a refinery to extract the silver. The silver is then reused for silver solder, jewellery, electrical components and film manufacture.

Please click on the links below for alternative disposal options for the following problem wastes: