Other Recycling and Disposal Options

Electronic waste (e-waste)

E-waste is the waste associated with the use and disposal of electronic equipment such as computers, televisions and printers. About 95% of all e-waste products are recyclable.

Residents can drop off up to 15 major e-waste items for FREE at our Buttonderry Waste Management Facility, Woy Woy Landfill or Kincumber Landfill all year around. A charge will apply for any more than 15 items per customer.

Items accepted include: televisions, computer monitors, hard drives, keyboards, laptops, computer peripherals, scanners and printers, photocopiers, fax machines, cooling and heating devices, audio equipment, speakers, electronic tools, electronic garden equipment.

Items accepted in household quantities (assessed by load): small household appliances, mobile phones, video and DVD players, cameras, game consoles.

Whitegoods, including microwaves and air conditioners, are accepted for free as scrap metal.

E-waste can contain a broad range of materials including precious metals (such as gold and platinum), heavy metals such as lead, phosphorus, mercury, selenium & cadmium, metal circuitry, mixed plastics, fire retardants and glass that can be recovered and recycled.

In Australia we have a fast uptake and turnover of electronic products which often end up in landfill, taking up valuable space.  Recycling frees up this space in an environmentally friendly manner.

We collect and recycles over 200 tonnes of e-waste per year.

Household chemical collections

Council runs household chemical collections twice a year in conjunction with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).  “Cleanout” is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of common household chemicals, many of which could cause harm to human health or the environment if not disposed of correctly.

Household quantities only of 20kg or 20L maximum container size can be dropped off on Council's Chemical CleanOut days. 

The next Chemical CleanOuts will be held between 9am an 3.30pm at Gosford Showground carpark on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August 2018 or Charmhaven Council Depot on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018.

To find out dates of upcoming Chemical CleanOut Collections go to www.cleanout.com.au 

Batteries and light globes

Central Coast Council has a recycling program for residents to bring in their unwanted batteries, light globes and fluorescent tubes to nominated collection points.

Collection points and acceptable materials for the northern end of the coast are:

Facility Batteries Accepted Fluoro globes accepted Fluoro tubes accepted
Civic Centre Yes Yes Yes
Tuggerah Library Yes Yes No
Lake Haven Library Yes Yes No
The Entrance Library Yes No No
Bateau Bay Library Yes No No
Toukley Library Yes No No

Please note:  Fluorescent tubes and light globes must be clean and unbroken to be accepted at Council’s offices.

Batteries and fluorescent lights contain harmful elements such as mercury, alkaline and lead acid, which can cause major environmental hazards, and can also pose health risks if they end up in landfill.

Since this program was introduced in March 2011 we have collected and recycled approximately:

  • 3000 light globes
  • 2000 flourescent tubes
  • 500kg batteries (approx 25,000)

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Mobile phones

More than 90% of the plastics and metals in mobile handsets are recyclable and can be used to make fence posts, stainless steel products, jewellery and pallets.

Recycling an old phone is free and easy:

Recycling near you directory

The Planet Ark Recycling Near You web page, has general information about recycling in your local area and details of how to responsibly recycle items such as mobile telephones, chemicals, paints and other products.

Also take a look at business recycling, a site set up especially for Australian businesses.


Central Coast Council (North) is running a recycling program for mattresses.  All mattresses taken to the Buttonderry Waste Facility are charged at $25 in addition to the mixed waste fee.

The mattresses are collected at the tip face, the wood and springs are removed for recycling and the rest of the mattress is shredded.  Recycling mattresses not only saves limited landfill space, it also saves resources.

Freecycle and Yoink

Before booking a bulk kerbside collection for your unwanted household items, please consider whether they might be of value to someone else.

If these items are still in good condition, why not advertise them online on FreeCycle or Yoink. People in need of these items can then contact you and make arrangements to collect. This will save valuable landfill space and conserve finite resources.

Syringes and needles

Below is a list of pharmacies in the northern end of the Central Coast who accept used syringes from residents with a medical condition. Needles and syringes must be returned in a rigid container such as coffee or paint tin.

Budgewoi Tenth Ave Pharmacy, 56a Tenth Avenue
Chittaway Chittaway Pharmacy, Shop 4 Chittaway Centre, Chittaway Road
Gorokan  Gorokan Pharmacy, 70 Wallarah Road
Gwandalan Gwandalan Pharmacy, 65 Gamban Road
Kanwal  Amcal Max, Kanwal Village Shop 1/260 Wallarah Road
Ourimbah Ourimbah Pharmacy, Shop 3, 35 Pacific Hwy
San Remo Priceline Pharmacy Northlakes, Shop 18, 21 Pacific Hwy
The Entrance The Entrance Chemsave Pharmacy, 191 The Entrance Road
Toukley  Amcal Pharmacy, Cnr Canton Beach Rd & Main Rd
Toowoon Bay Toowoon Bay Pharmacy, 96 Toowoon Bay Rd
Tuggerah Amcal Pharmacy, Shop 1147-1149 Westfield Shopping Centre
Wadalba Amcal Max, 1/2 Edward Stinson Ave
Woongarrah Warnervale Chemist Care, 3 Mary McKillop Drive
Wyong Optimal Pharmacy Plus, Shop 20-21, Wyong Village Central
Blooms The Chemist, 74 Pacific Highway