Drop off household items for recycling

City of Sydney residents can drop off their old and unwanted household items free at Recycle It Saturday.

Frequency: Quarterly
Free Free

Project Status: When you need to do this

Saturday 5 December

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

What you need to do 

Download and print a Recycle It Saturday event poster.PDF · 12.15 MB · Last modified

If you're a resident in the City of Sydney local area, print this poster in A4 or A3 size and display it in your apartment building or share it with your neighbours. Remember to fill in the blank space with the next event date.

Car in front of house with rubbish around it
Men unloading items from a car
Smiling man unloading clothing from car
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Before you start

Consider re-use

Except for clothes and textiles, which get reused and resold, items collected at Recycle It Saturday 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, OzRecycle or Freecycle.

Find out more about other reuse, repair and rehoming options.

Visit Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You to find other options for recycling unwanted household items.

After you finish

Where does it all go? 

  • Soft plastics are turned into street furniture, fitness circuits and more.
  • Clothes are resold in Sydney or developing countries, with 20% of profits going to charities.
  • Polystyrene will be recycled into products such as building insulation and photo frames.
  • 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.
  • Paint is blended into an alternative fuel used in cement manufacturing. 
  • X-rays are harvested for silver and the plastic is recycled. 

Next events

If you miss Recycle It Saturday in December 2020, add these dates to your calendar: 

  • Saturday 13 March 2021
  • Saturday 19 June 2021.