A to Z Waste Guide

The A to Z waste guide provides the information needed to recycle and dispose of waste in the most efficient and safe way in the Southern Highlands. 

The information within this guide will provide residents information on the best way to dispose of all types of waste, how they are recycled or re-used and new products that are made from recycled content. 

This guide has been developed to promote the circular economy, to increase understanding of the value of resources and reduce waste being sent to landfill. 

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Where to dispose:

Aerosol cans both empty and full, can be dropped off free of charge at the CRC located at the Resource Recovery Centre. The areosol cans are then collected by Tox Free, Cleanaway as part of an EPA approved program.

Household empty aerosol cans, including cans from deodorants, hair spray, cooking oil and whipped cream, should be placed in the council provided recycling bin (yellow lid).

Butane aerosol cans, such as those used for camping, should not be placed in kerbside recycling, as they are highly flammable. Butane aerosol cans should be taken free of charge to the CRC.

Where to dispose: 

Agapanthus heads are considered a noxious and environmental weed and should NOT be placed in the green waste bin. Agapanthus heads should be disposed of through the council provided general waste bin (red bin). 

Noxious weeds can also be brought to the Resource Recovery Centre, separated from other green waste, where it will be disposed of with inert waste. Follow this link for more information on environment weeds.

Where to dispose: 

Agvet chemical containers can be dropped off, free of charge at the CRC, which is located at the Resource Recovery Centre. The Agvet chemical containers are then collected by DrumMuster.

Containers must be triple rinsed prior to disposal and any containers that have not been properly rinsed, will be classified as hazardous waste and not accepted. 

DrumMuster is a recycling pathway for agricultural and veterinary chemical uses, to recycle empty Agvet chemical containers, such as insecticides, herbicides and animal health products. 

For more information check out DrumMuster.

Where to dispose:

Air conditioners can be brought to the Resource Recovery Centre for a fee. 

At the Resource Recovery Centre, a contractor will degas the air conditioners and then they will be loaded into scrap steel for recycling. 

Where to dispose: 

Aluminium cans can be taken to Return and Earn collection points, along with plastic and glass bottles, for a 10c refund on each item, where they will be recycled. Containers should be empty, uncrushed and unbroken.

Follow this link to find your closest collection point and click on this link for more information on the Return and Earn Scheme. 

Aluminium cans can also be placed in the council provided recycling bins, with the yellow lid.  

Aluminium cans are regularly recycled and are commonly re-used in the production of more aluminium cans.

Where to dispose: 

Aluminium foil can be placed in the council provided recycling bins (yellow lid). It must be clean, scrunched up into a ball and be no smaller than a fist. If aluminium foil is smaller, place in an aluminium can before discarding in the recycling bin.

If left unscrunched, it may be mistaken for paper and sorted incorrectly. If foil is soiled with food or soil, it should be placed in the general waste bin (red lid). 

Packets with foil lining, such as chip packets, should be placed in the general waste bin (red lid) or taken to REDcycle stations at local Coles and Woolworths store (see chip packets for more information).

Where to dispose:

Aluminium foil trays, such as pie plates, can be placed in the council provided recycling bins (yellow lid). Ensure that there is no food or liquid in them before recycling.

Where to dispose:

Asbestos can be disposed of at the Resource Recovery Centre, however it must meet several requirements.

See this page for more information.

Where to dispose:

Ashes need to be bagged and placed in the council provided general waste bins (red lid). Ash must be cold before disposal, due to risk of fire.

Small amount of wood ash, from unpainted and untreated food, can be added to home composts. This can help maintain pH level. Click on the below link for information on home composting.

Home Composting Flyer(PDF, 8MB)

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