Recycle It Saturday

City of Sydney residents can drive and drop off clothes in great condition, old electronics, polystyrene, x-ray scans and more at these free quarterly recycling events.

Recycle It Saturday

Saturday 26 November 2022

Recycle It Saturday from 9am to 3pm at Alexandra Canal Depot, 67C Bourke Road, Alexandria.

Recycle It Saturday makes it easy for residents to recycle tricky household items.

Recycle It Saturday is a partnership between City of Sydney, Waverley Council and Woollahra Municipal Council. We can only accept items from residents who live in these local council areas. This map shows the City of Sydney boundaries.

Bring identification with proof of your address. You may be asked for this before we can accept your items.

Check your items are accepted

What you can drop off 👍

What you can’t drop off 👎

Prepare and separate your items

Before you arrive, group items into different bags or boxes – reuse old cardboard boxes and leave them with us for recycling. Pack these in your boot, backseat or trailer so we can safely remove them.

If youre a building manager or have a lot of items

Contact us to discuss quantities for drop-off

Visit our depot and stay in your vehicle

This is a drive-through event. Stay in your seat. Our team will unpack your vehicle for you and get you on your way faster.

If you’re walking or riding a bike, you can access a separate drop-off area.

Spread the word about Recycle It Saturday

If you're a resident in the City of Sydney, Waverley or Woollahra local council areas, print this poster in A4 or A3 size and display it in your apartment building or share it with your neighbours.

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Consider re-use

Except for clothes and toys, which get resold and reused, items you drop off are for recycling only. If your items are still in working condition, try to find a new home for your household items first.

You could give them away to someone who needs it or try advertising online through Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Trading Post, Ebay or Freecycle. Follow these tips to learn how to sell your stuff online fast.

Find out more about reducing, reusing and repairing.

Where does it all go? 

  • Clothes are donated to Australian charity The Salvation Army and resold in their Salvos Stores. Towels are donated to Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter for washing and treating animals.
  • Polystyrene will be recycled into products such as building insulation and photo frames.
  • Soft plastics are turned into street furniture, fitness circuits and more. 
  • Electronics are sorted and broken down into usable parts. Batteries can be recycled into new ones. Mobile phone components can be used to make new technology, reducing the need for mining raw materials.
  • Light bulbs are crushed and the glass wool can become home insulation.
  • Gas bottles are inspected for reuse. Rejected bottles are shredded and the metal is recycled. The gas is recovered.
  • X-rays are harvested for silver, which is recycled and the remaining product is added to road-base bitumen.
  • Printer cartridge recycling recovers the plastics, metals, ink and toner. Plastics are separated by type before being refined and metals are sent for smelting. They are then sold as raw materials for manufacturing. Ink is refined, mixed and sold as a printing ink.

Next events

Add these dates to your calendar.

  • Saturday 26 November 2022
  • Saturday 18 February 2023
  • Saturday 20 May 2023
  • Saturday 26 August 2023
  • Saturday 25 November 2023