Zero Waste

Everything is useful

Zero Waste is the City's campaign to reduce waste send to landfill and keep streets clean. We do this by providing services that make it easy for you to recycle more and do the right thing.

Our official target set by the State Government is 66% resource recovery by 2014. Resource recovery is just a fancy term for making sure that stuff that can be used for something else, doesn’t end up in landfill. Thanks to you, we’ve already reached it.

What next? Let’s reach for the sky. With your help, we think zero waste is possible.

Recycle batteries, mobiles and light bulbs

Danger, Will Robinson. Batteries, mobiles and light bulbs don’t belong in the bin. They can turn nasty in landfill. Recycle them today at City centres and libraries.

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Recycle anything with a power cord

Even power cords! Our next e-waste drop-off day is at our depot in Ultimo, from 9am to 3pm on Sun 7 September, Father’s Day. A quick recycling pit stop to offload your old electronics before you meet up with Dad for lunch? Our drop offs are speedy, like the Grand Prix. You’ll be in and out in no time.

Don't bin it, win it!

Use our new recycling machines at Circular Quay and Chinatown to win prizes. Deposit your empty drink bottles and cans for a chance to win bus tickets, movie tickets, and even tickets to the 2014 Sydney New Year's Eve Dawes Point event! 

Where does waste go?

Have you ever wondered what happens to your rubbish and recycling once it leaves your bin? Watch this video to find out what we do with it.

Did you know?

The rubbish in your red bin goes straight to an alternative waste treatment facility for processing, not landfill. At the facility, recyclables like containers are taken out and organic waste is composted.

Anything that’s left then goes to landfill.

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