Recycling in Ku-ring-gai

Recycling is one of the easiest actions we can do every day in our home to benefit the environment.

Recycling is when a item is collected and reprocessed into something new. It may or may not take the same form.

Recycling conserves raw materials and energy that would otherwise be used to make new products, reduces the need for new waste disposal facilities and creates jobs in collection, sorting and processing

Each Council area has a unique waste stream. Ku-ring-gai has a high volume of garden and paper waste compared to other areas in Sydney, so the more we can avoid sending to landfill the better for our environment and our community.

Where does it all go?

Check out our waste and recycling guide Waste_and_Recycling_At_Home.pdf (pdf. 2MB) 

What goes in your recycling bins?

Bin Put it in Leave it out
Paper recycling (blue lid) Newspapers and magazines, office paper and envelopes (window face are fine), telephone books, clean cardboard such as egg and cardboard milk cartons, tissue boxes and clean pizza boxes Nappies, food-soiled paper and cardboard, waxed cardboard, plastic bags and plastic wrap.
Mixed recycling (yellow lid) Disposable plastic bottles and containers from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry, aluminum and steel cans including aerosols, empty dry paint tins, glass bottles and jars, foil-lined milk and juice cartons and lids (plastic and metal).
Remove lids from bottles and jars and place in recycling separately.
Window or mirror glass, plastic toys, crockery, porcelain, ceramics, plastic bags and wrap, polystyrene packing foam (even with a recycling triangle and number on it), foam meat trays, and paint tins containing paint.

 Did you know?

  • On average, Australians produce more than 2kg of waste per person every day - this is the second highest amount in the world behind the US!
  • In Ku-ring-gai we collect about 20,000 tonnes of waste each year and 30,000 tonnes of recycling, but we can do better - about 1,600 tonnes of recyclables such as paper and steel cans still wind up in landfill.
  • Australia leads the world as the number one recycler of old newspapers, recycling over 70 per cent.
  • By recycling one aluminium can you're saving enough energy to run your TV for three hours.
  • Each cardboard milk carton can be recycled into five sheets of office paper.
  • It takes about one million years for a glass bottle to break down in landfill.
  • Producing new plastic from recycled materials only uses two-thirds of the energy required to make plastic from raw materials.
  • The most common form of hazardous waste generated by Aussies is in the form of batteries.

Tips for reducing waste

  • Only dispose of items that cannot be reused or recycled.
  • When shopping, choose items without packing or that come packaged in recyclable material.
  • Buy in bulk.
  • Use reusable shopping bags.
  • Start a compost bin or worm farm.

Tips for recycling

  • Remove tops and lids from bottles and jars.
  • Rinse out bottles, cans and jars.
  • Flatten boxes and plastic containers to save bin space.
  • Don't put items in plastic bags as they cannot be recycled.
  • Ensure you remove plastic wrap from junk mail and newspapers.
  • Avoid buying products in non-recyclable packaging.

Visit the Planet Ark website for more recycling tips and Redcycle for soft plastic recycling tips.