E-waste and chemicals
E-waste doesn’t belong in the bin. As well as putting more pressure on limited landfill capacity, e-waste can be hazardous as it contains toxic materials.
To keep recyclable e-waste out of landfill, the City of Sydney offers free quarterly drop-off days for its residents. Be sure to mark the next date for e-waste drop-offs in your calendar.
You can now drop off your old batteries, mobiles and light bulbs at Neighbourhood Service Centres and our libraries.
If these items end up in landfill, they can leach toxic chemicals into our soil and possibly even contaminate the groundwater table, the source of our drinking water. Some also contain valuable resources, like precious metals.
Any unwanted chemicals you have in your home should be disposed of safely. The safest approach is to take them to the annual chemical drop-off day, run by the City of Sydney and the NSW Environmental Protection Agency. Accepted chemicals include paints, pesticides, swimming pool chemicals, aerosols and many more.
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 April 2013