Recycling and waste

Recycling and waste

Our strategy

You may not think about the impact of the waste you throw out, but collectively it is huge.

If the City of Sydney doesn’t make changes to how we manage waste, by 2030 we’ll be sending over 200,000 tonnes of waste to landfill every year.

When waste is buried, it decomposes over time and emits greenhouse gases, mainly methane. Methane is 25 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, so it’s vital we act now to reduce waste and its impact on our climate.

More importantly, waste is a valuable resource that is linked to energy and water, and saves on natural resources. Sending waste to landfill means that valuable resources and materials used to produce products are lost forever and we need to keep replacing them from more raw materials and resources.

Our waste strategy and action plan 2017–2030 outlines waste management action to achieve our zero waste target by 2030.

Waste and recycling

As a City of Sydney resident there’s a lot you can do to keep Sydney clean and green.

By applying the 4 Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle – you're helping us minimise the waste that goes to landfill. Try to avoid generating waste, and where waste is unavoidable try to reduce what you dispose of by re-using and repurposing any material.

Many of you are reducing waste across the city by:

  • using the right bins for your weekly waste collection
  • recycling your electronics
  • recycling household chemicals
  • booking a pick-up for bulky household items and e-waste.

We can all do our bit to let nothing go to waste.

If you're a business, please refer to our waste and recycling information for businesses.


Leave nothing to waste

Collection days and bins

Find out about our weekly waste collection – including when to put out your rubbish, recycling and green waste bins for collection, and how to order new bins and get damaged bins repaired or replaced.

Report a bin, rubbish or recycling issue online

You can use our online forms to report a missed bin or booked pick-up collection, a damaged or lost bin, or bins left out on the street. Help keep your neighbourhood clean by reporting illegally dumped waste and graffiti. If you spot an abandoned shopping trolley, report it to Trolley Tracker.

Book a pick-up

We provide a free pick-up service for mattresses, furniture, whitegoods, e-waste and more, every week for all local residents. Find out more about what we can and cannot collect, how to book, and how to prepare your items for pick-up.

Recycling bin

Your yellow lid bin is for glass, plastic containers, aluminium and steel containers, as well as paper and cardboard. Find out what can and cannot go in your recycling bin at home.

Green waste bin

Keep your garden waste out of landfill and put it to good use. Our green lid garden organics bin is an easy and free way to recycle your lawn clippings, prunings and leaves. Find out what you can put in your bin and order a free bin for your home.

Food scraps recycling

We’re running a food scraps recycling trial to help reduce food waste going to landfill. Instead, we collect and recycle food scraps into green electricity and nutrient-rich organic fertiliser for use on gardens and farms.

E-waste and household chemicals

Find out how you can safely dispose of your unwanted electronics and hazardous household chemicals that can’t go in your household bins. Drop off your old batteries, mobiles and light bulbs at our customer service centres and libraries.

Recycling and waste educational resources

To help our residents recycle and dispose of waste correctly, we offer a range of free educational stickers, poster and signs.

Last updated: Friday, 26 June 2020