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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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Takeaway food containers can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin. They do not need to be washed out, but please make sure there is no food in them before recycling them.

Containers made of polystyrene foam should be placed in your red lid general waste bin.

Consider reusing takeaway containers as storage containers in the home and garage.

Large quantities of plastic takeaway containers can be recycled at Summerhill Waste Management Centre (fees and charges apply).

Tea bags and leaves can be placed in your red lid general waste bin.

You can also place tea bags and leaves in a home compost bin or worm farm.

Telephone directories, such as the White Pages and Yellow Pages, can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin.

If you would prefer not to receive telephone directories, you can cancel book delivery for your address by completing the online form at directoryselect.com.au

Thermometers contain mercury and can be responsibly disposed of at any free Household Chemical CleanOut event.

You can dispose of timber at Summerhill Waste Management Centre (fees and charges apply). Summerhill offers a lower disposal fee for clean wood wastes (e.g. wood that is not painted or treated) than for mixed waste loads.

Tin cans can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin. You do not have to wash them but please make sure there is no food or liquid in them before recycling them.

Tissues should be placed in your red lid general waste bin.

Empty cardboard tissue boxes can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin. You do not need to remove the soft plastic insert before recycling them.

Toner cartridges and bottles from participating brands are accepted in the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program.  You can also use this program to recycle inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges, fuser and drum units, fax rolls, print heads, waste hoppers / containers collectors and kits.

If reusable, consider selling or giving tools away via local newspaper classifieds or online trading sites such as the Trading Post, Ebay or Gumtree (Gumtree does not charge listing or selling fees).

Handheld electric tools can be recycled through our free e-waste recycling drop-off at Summerhill Waste Management Centre. Conditions apply.

Tools made predominantly of metal may be accepted free of charge as scrap metal at Summerhill Waste Management Centre (otherwise, fees and charges apply).

You can also dispose of tools via our Bulk Waste Service.

If reusable, consider selling or giving away toys by donating to a local charity, holding a garage sale, or via online trading sites such as the Trading Post, Ebay or Gumtree (Gumtree does not charge listing or selling fees).

Otherwise, you can dispose of toys in your red lid general waste bin, via our Bulk Waste Service, or by dropping them off at Summerhill Waste Management Centre (fees and charges apply).

Small tree prunings can be placed in your green lid green waste bin.

Tree branches up to 100mm in diameter can be put out for kerbside pick-up through our Bulk Waste Service. No other forms of green waste are permissible via the kerbside collection option. You may bring other forms of green waste however, including tree branches, to Summerhill Waste Management Centre using the self-haul voucher option.
 
Tree branches and stumps can be disposed of at Summerhill Waste Management Centre (fees and charges apply). Green waste is processed on site into mulch for landcaping and rehabilitation works.

Plastic tupperware containers are not currently accepted for recycling and should be placed in your red lid general waste bin.

Tupperware is usually highly sought after. Before throwing it away, consider donating useable tupperware containers to charity; giving them to friends or family; or selling or giving them away via online trading sites such as the Trading Post, Ebay or Gumtree (Gumtree does not charge listing or selling fees).

Some tyre service centres will recycle your car tyres free of charge when you buy new ones. It's important to ensure that the mechanic or garage that you use recycles your tyres. Suppliers accredited through the Tyre Stewardship Australia scheme must commit to playing their part in sustainable end-of-life use for tyres. Visit Recycling Near You for a list of approved businesses in the Newcastle area.

You can drop off tyres and wheels free of charge at Summerhill Waste Management Centre using a self-haul voucher through our Bulk Waste Service (maximum of five tyres/wheels per voucher). Tyres and wheels are not accepted via the kerbside pick-up option.

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Cardboard products with a light waxed coating, such as milk, juice and icecream cartons, can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin. 

Waxed cardboard boxes, typically those provided for fruit and vegetables by greengrocers, should be placed in your red lid general waste bin. Unlike milk and juice cartons, the thick wax is too difficult to separate from the cardboard during the recycling process.

Weeds can be placed in your green lid green waste bin.

Weeds can also be dropped off at Summerhill Waste Management Centre (fees and charges apply). The weeds are processed with other green waste on-site to make mulch for landscaping and rehabilitation works.

If your unwanted whitegoods are still in working order, consider contacting local charities or asking friends or family if they are after that particular appliance. You can also advertise white goods for sale or free of charge via local newspaper classifieds or online trading sites such as the Trading PostEbay and Gumtree (Gumtree has no listing or selling fees).

Broken or obsolete whitegoods can be recycled at Summerhill Waste Management Centre free of charge (fees and charges apply for fridges and freezers).

You can also dispose of unwanted whitegoods through our Bulk Waste Service. Please note: fridges and freezers are only accepted using the self-haul voucher option.

Window glass should be taken away by your window replacement company. If you are replacing it yourself, contact a local window repair company and you may be able to drop it off at their recycling facility.

Small amounts of window glass may be wrapped and placed in your red lid general waste bin.

Please note: Window glass cannot be recycled through your kerbside recycling service. See Glass for more information.

Please see Ash.

You can dispose of wood waste at Summerhill Waste Management Centre (fees and charges apply). Summerhill offers a lower disposal fee for clean wood wastes (e.g. wood that is not painted or treated) than for mixed waste loads.

Gift wrap that is made from paper (including tissue paper) can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin. You do not have to remove sticky tape or gift tags beforehand.

Cellophane and foil gift wrapping paper is not recyclable and should be placed in your red lid general waste bin.

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Post them in
Small quantities of X-rays can be posted to Siltech Mechanical Services for recycling and silver recovery. The postal address is:

Siltech Mechanical Services X-Ray Recycling
Units 5-6
15 Rodborough Road
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

Drop them off

You can drop off household quantities of X-rays in the Community Recycling Stations at selected Council facilities.

You can also hand in small (household) quantities of X-rays for recycling to the Radiology Department at the Calvary Mater Newcastle public hospital in Waratah (corner of Edith and Platt Streets, phone (02) 4921 1211). Please see the staff at the front desk and keep X-rays in their envelopes.

Arrange a pick-up of large amounts of X-rays
If you have X-ray film volumes in excess of 20kg - or if you are a school or a community group (e.g. Scouts) interested in hosting an X-ray collection point in return for payment for the collected film stock - please contact Quantum Technical Services to discuss potential collaborations on 1300 247 266.