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 was 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 reached it well before time.

What next? Let’s reach for the sky. With your help, we're heading closer to zero waste.


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man uses new recycling machine

New recycling machines

Recycle your empty drink containers when you're out and about for a chance to win fab prizes. Find our machines at Wynyard Park, Redfern village, Circular Quay and Haymarket.

Paint can and brush

Chemicals can be recycled too

Our annual Chemical Drop-off Day is on Saturday 18 July at Sydney Park depot. Bring along your old paints, batteries, light bulbs, cleaning products, and gas bottles to get rid of them for good.

An old dryer

Free, free, free!

No, it’s not the beat-up dryer that’s free, but the pick-up. That’s right. We will come to you and pick up your unwanted whitegoods and furniture from the kerb. For free. All you have to do is book it in first!

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