Problem Waste

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Problem waste such as batteries, light globes, chemicals and e-waste are not accepted in the yellow recycling bins and shouldn't be placed in the red garbage bin either.

Council provides a range of options for residents to responsibly dispose of problem waste. See the links below for more information about recycling and disposal services and drop off events.

You can also download the RecycleSmart’s Recyclopedia App for the best way to dispose of hundreds of household items.

Common Household Problem Waste Disposal Methods

See below a list of Common Household Problem Waste and how you can dispose of them correctly:

Household Problem or Hazardous Waste eg paints, oils, gas bottles

Common household problem waste items such as fluorescent lights, smoke detectors, paints, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, batteries and oils can be harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of correctly.

Some of these items are accepted* at recycling centres throughout the year at:

*Visit their websites or call to check for pricing, trading hours, accepted items and quantities.

Alternatively, you can take these items and other problem waste to one of the FREE NSW EPA Chemical CleanOut events held across NSW on specified dates. Council normally hosts a CleanOut event annually in early February.

For more information, visit NSW EPA’s Household Chemical CleanOut or phone the NSW EPA Environment Line on 131 555.

Excess Household Recycling

To assist residents with the extra recycling generated when moving house or during Christmas/New Year period, Council holds a free recycling drop off event four times a year. Materials accepted are: 

  • Cardboard
  • Paper (including wrapping paper)
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Glass bottles
  • Polystyrene (not accepted in the yellow recycling bins – this material will be sent to a private contractor for recycling)

Residents can also take their excess cardboard to the SUEZ Spring Farm Resource Recovery Park, 20 Barrow Road, Spring Farm NSW 2570. For further information in relation to trading hours and accepted items call 1300 651 116.

Kerbside Collection Material

Visit the Kerbside Collection Material Webpage for more information

Construction & Demolition Waste

Visit the Construction & Demolition Waste Webpage for more information

Dirt and fill

What can sometimes be advertised as ‘Free Clean Fill’ can often leave the unsuspecting homeowner with fill contaminated with building and demolition waste, rubbish, chemicals, heavy metals or even asbestos.

By accepting contaminated waste onto your property, you may be unintentionally breaking the law and left holding the bill for clean-up costs, as well as dealing with any environmental pollution. Visit the NSW EPA’s webpage Free fill - is it worth it? to protect your land and make sure it’s legal.

Unwanted Clothing, Toys & Furniture

Illegally dumped clothing, toys and household items not only looks untidy, it can also attract more dumping. These items are not accepted in the yellow recycling bin and should not go in the red garbage bin if it can be avoided.

Charity organisations and op shops are a great option for clothing, accessories, books and furniture that are in good condition - if you’re not sure whether to donate, think “Would I give it to a mate?”. If so, you can contact your nearby op shop to ensure your donation makes a difference.

Otherwise, residents can make use of Council’s Kerbside Collection service to dispose of waste materials that are too bulky for normal garbage collection.

Mobile Phones & Accessories

Over 90% of the materials used in mobile phones are recyclable and can be reused, avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting our environment and conserving scarce natural resources.

Mobile phones or accessories should also never be thrown in the rubbish, where they can end up in landfill. Residents can drop off their old, unwanted and broken mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories for recycling through MobileMuster in Council’s Recycling Stations at:

  • Camden Council Administration Building - 70 Central Avenue, Oran Park
  • Camden Library - 40 John Street, Camden
  • Narellan Library - Cnr Queen and Elyard Streets, Narellan

Unwanted agvet chemicals

Unwanted agricultural and veterinary chemicals used in growing and farming activities can pose a health risk to people, and harmful to the environment.

ChemClear is a national product stewardship program complementing drumMUSTER, by providing agvet chemical users with easy recycling and disposal options. It has meant that waste holders can dispose of their eligible leftover chemicals at no additional cost.

Of the chemicals collected under the ChemClear program, 98% are used as an alternate fuel source through a range of disposal methods and technologies. 

For more information, visit Do I need ChemClear?  

Paints, paint products & packaging

Old and leftover paints including water-based, oil-based or solvent paints and paint-related products are commonly found in our household garages and sheds. If these paint products are not disposed of responsibly, they can be harmful to our families and environment, particular our waterways.

Paintback is an initiative that accepts unwanted paint and packaging, diverting it away from landfill and the environment. Paintback provides residents the opportunity to declutter their homes of old paint containers, to avoid disposal costs and to also responsibly dispose of paint products through an initiative that recycles and innovatively reuses unwanted paint and paint products.

Paintback events are run together with NSW EPA Household Chemical CleanOut events or have Community Recycling Centres as Paintback collection points.

Drink Bottles & Cans

Drink bottles and cans are accepted in the yellow recycling bin. However, they become a problem when littered in our streets, parks and waterways. 

Residents can make use of the NSW Government’s litter reduction initiative Return and Earn offering a 10c refund for every eligible drink containers deposited at return points across NSW.

Batteries

Batteries are commonly used by households in devices including toys and remote controls. When damaged or overheated they can cause fires so should never be placed in the yellow recycling or red garbage bins. They are also a problem because they contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead that can leak into the environment. Other battery types contain valuable materials like magnesium and zinc which can be recycled for future use.

Residents can drop off used batteries to the recycling stations located at:

  • Camden Council Administration Building - 70 Central Avenue, Oran Park
  • Camden Library - 40 John Street, Camden
  • Narellan Library - Cnr Queen and Elyard Streets, Narellan
  • Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living - 1 Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan
  • Campbelltown City Council Civic Centre - Cnr Queen and Broughton Streets, Campbelltown
  • Wollondilly Shire Council Civic Centre - 62-64 Menangle Street, Picton

Ink & Printer Cartridges

When ink and printer cartridges are unnecessarily sent to landfill, not only do they take up valuable space, they can slowly leach toxic compounds into our environment and waterways.

Used cartridges can be recycled into new products, including plastics, metal, inks and toners through Cartridge 4 Planet Ark program.

Residents can conveniently drop off their cartridges into Council’s recycling stations located at:

  • Camden Council Administration Building - 70 Central Avenue, Oran Park
  • Camden Library - 40 John Street, Camden
  • Narellan Library - Cnr Queen and Elyard Streets, Narellan

Soft Plastics

Littered soft plastics can be harmful to birdlife and animals when littered in our streets and parks. Unfortunately, soft plastic can’t be accepted in the yellow recycling bins as they jam up the machinery at the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where the recycling is taken. 

To identify soft plastics, do the ‘scrunch test’. If you can scrunch your plastic into a ball easily you can drop it off for recycling through REDcycle. Simply drop off your soft plastics such as plastic bags, bread bags, chip and cracker packets (silver lined) – as dry and empty as possible – to the REDcycle bin located at participating supermarkets.

Old, expired & unwanted medicines

Storage of expired and unwanted medicines in the home can be dangerous and unsafe disposal of unwanted medicines can lead to environmental damage.

Residents are encouraged to remove all unwanted medicines from the home and place them in a bag or container and drop off to their local chemist. The pharmacist will put the medicines in a secure bin for collection and safe disposal through the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project.

Empty agricultural drums & containers

Discarded, unrinsed and inadequately rinsed empty farming chemical containers can be a health risk to the people who handle them, and they can contaminate land and waterways.

drumMUSTER is a stewardship program of Agsafe providing users of agricultural and veterinary chemicals with an easy recycling pathway for eligible empty agvet chemical containers across rural Australia.

After containers have been delivered and inspected through the drumMUSTER process, the plastic containers are either shredded, granulated or heat-extruded back to a resin suitable for the production of a new range of products including wheelie bins, fence posts and irrigation pipes. Metal containers are recycled through the normal metal recycling process.

Find your nearest drumMUSTER collection site or call 1800 008 707.

Asbestos waste

Most asbestos products in your home are safe if they’re in good condition and unlikely to be damaged or disturbed. However, if asbestos products are damaged, weathered, worked on, incorrectly handled, or transported, their fibres can be released into the air posing a serious health risk if inhaled.

Asbestos removal is a health risk if you don’t know how to do it safely. If you need to remove asbestos from your property, use a licensed asbestos removalist.

You can find a licensed asbestos removalist on the SafeWork NSW website

If you are legally able to remove and dispose of asbestos material from your home, you can only use a facility licenced to accept asbestos from the public. Before taking asbestos to the facility for disposal, you need to:

  • Contact the facility beforehand to confirm:
    • whether they accept household asbestos
    • any requirements for delivering asbestos to the facility eg unloading by hand or by tipping
    • whether you need to book to dispose of asbestos (many facilities require a booking at least 24 hours in advance)

For a full list of licensed facilities accepting asbestos, visit ‘NSW EPA's 'Facilities that accept household asbestos' or check the following table: 

Facility

Address

Phone

SUEZ   Elizabeth Drive Landfill Kemps Creek

1725 Elizabeth Drive

KEMPS CREEK 2178

1300 651 116 or

13 13 35

VEOLIA   Horsley Park Waste Management Facility

716-56 Wallgrove Road

HORSLEY PARK 2175

(02) 9620 1944

SUEZ   Lucas Heights Waste and Recycling Centre

Little Forest Rd Road

LUCAS HEIGHTS 2234

1300 651 116 or

13 13 35

SUEZ   Wetherill Park Resource Recovery Facility

20 Davis Road WETHERILL PARK 2164

1300 651 116 or

13 13 35

Please note - licencing or conditions of these facilities may change so responsibility for checking these details is with the person disposing of the asbestos waste before they visit the facility.

It is illegal to:

  • put asbestos waste in the kerbside bins. It is dangerous for Council staff and can contaminate otherwise recyclable waste streams,
  • put asbestos in an uncovered skip bin or skip bin not approved to hold asbestos,
  • reuse, recycle or illegally dump asbestos products or asbestos contaminated waste not to comply with the requirements listed above,
  • fail to comply with the requirements listed above.

For more information about the different forms of asbestos or finding asbestos in your home or soil:

Coffee Pod Recycling Program

Coffee pods can’t be recycled through the yellow lidded recycling bin because they are too small for the recycling facility to sort. However, Terracycle offers a number of coffee pod recycling programs and Nespresso also runs their own – with the coffee sent to an industrial composting facility and the empty pod recycled and sent back to the aluminium industry to produce new aluminium products, bikes, ladder etc.

Syringes & Other Sharps

Sharps are needles, syringes and lancets that are used to inject drugs or medications, supplements, or to test blood sugar levels.

Camden Council is committed to providing a safe community for our residents and a safe work environment for our staff. For the safe transportation of sharps to these chemists, syringes should be placed sharp-end down into a sealed sharps container or a strong rigid plastic container with the lid closed tightly. A sharps container is available for free from:

  • Camden Council Administration Building - 70 Central Avenue, Oran Park
  • Camden Library - 40 John Street, Camden
  • Narellan Library - Corner Queen and Elyard Streets, Narellan

To safely dispose of sharps, place in a sharps container or a puncture-resistant plastic container with a screw top, sharp-end down, and take to one of the local participating chemists:

Camden

Camden Pharmacy - 91 Argyle Street, Camden 2570. Phone: 4655 8875

Sinclairs Day & Night - 122-130 Argyle Street, Camden 2570. Phone: 4655 9275

Blooms The Chemist - 146-148 Argyle Street, Camden 2570. Phone: 4655 9370

Gledswood Hills

Cincotta Discount Chemist -  Suite 1 Unit 15a 1 Gregory Hills Drive, Gledswood Hills 2257. Phone 4647 3077

Harrington Park

Health & Savings Pharmacy - Shop 4 & 5, Harrington Plaza, Fairwater Drive, Harrington Park 2567. Phone: 4648 1686

Leppington

Leppington Pharmacy - Shop 3, 1469 Camden Valley Way, Leppington 2179. Phone: 9606 6370.

Mount Annan

Pharmacy Express - Shop 25, Mt Annan Market Place, Main Street, Mount Annan 2567. Phone: 4647 4820

In 2 Health Pharmacy - Shop 2, 240 Mt Annan Drive, Mount Annan 2567. Phone: 4648 1818

Narellan

Priceline Narellan Chemist - Shop 44, Narellan Town Centre, Narellan 2567. Phone: 4647 1430

Oran Park

Terry White Chemist - Shop 4E & 7e Oran Park Shopping Centre, Corner of Oran Park Drive and Main Street, Oran Park 2570. Phone: 4623 1224

Spring Farm

Choice Pharmacy - Shop 1 Spring Farm Market Place, 254 Richardson Road Spring Farm 2570. Phone: (02) 4658 2409

If you see a syringe in a public area, please call Council's Customer Relations Team on 4654 7777 so that it can be safely removed.                


Contact Council's Waste Team for more information (02) 4654 7777

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