Other Recycling and Disposal Options
Electronic waste (e-waste)
Residents can drop off up to 15 major e-waste items for FREE at our Buttonderry Waste Management facility all year around. A charge will apply for any more than 15 items per customer. No whitegoods are accepted. e-waste flyer (371.15 KB).
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.
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.
Council collects and recycles over 200 tonnes of e-waste per year.
Acceptable items include: Computer monitors, hard drives and cables, keyboards and mouse, printers and fax machines, laptops and notebooks, TVs, VCRs, DVD and CD players, photocopiers and scanners, telephones and switchboards, microwaves, leads and cables.
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 March or Long Jetty Council Depot in Bateau Bay on Saturday 11 and 12 March 2017.
To find out the date of the next Chemical CleanOut Collections go to www.cleanout.com.au
Batteries and light globes
Wyong Shire Council has a recycling program for residents to bring in their unwanted batteries, light globes and fluorescent tubes to collection points around the shire.
Collection points and acceptable materials are:
||Fluoro globes accepted
||Fluoro tubes accepted
|Lake Haven Library
|The Entrance Library
|Bateau Bay Library
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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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.
Wyong Shire Council is running a recycling program for mattresses. All mattresses taken to the Buttonderry Waste Facility are charged at $20 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.
The Fridge Buy Back scheme
Call 1800 708 401 to book.
Now is the perfect time to unplug your spare fridge or freezer and use the savings to offset rising energy costs. Fridge Buyback’s professional removalists will collect, degas and recycle your energy guzzling second fridge or freezer. And as long as the removal does not involve going up or down more than six stairs, you will receive a $25.00 rebate.
Don't dump it! Save up to $300/year off your power bill and save the environment by recycling your spare working fridge or upright freezer. Fridge Buyback will collect and recycle your spare fridge for free. *Conditions apply.
Power prices have gone up by around $200/year. Get rid of your spare working fridge or upright freezer and save up to $300/year plus receive a $25 rebate*.
The fridges and freezers collected are professionally degassed and the metals recycled. Call Fridge Buyback on 1800 708 401 to book or visit the Fridge Buyback website for more information.
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 within the Wyong Shire 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.
||Tenth Ave Pharmacy, 56a Tenth Avenue
||Chittaway Pharmacy, Shop 4 Chittaway Centre, Chittaway Road
||Gorokan Pharmacy, 70 Wallarah Road
||Gwandalan Pharmacy, 65 Gamban Road
||Amcal Max, Kanwal Village Shop 1/260 Wallarah Road
||Ourimbah Pharmacy, Shop 3, 35 Pacific Hwy, Ourimbah
||Priceline Pharmacy Northlakes, Shop 18, 21 Pacific Hwy
||The Entrance Chemsave Pharmacy, 191 The Entrance Road
||Amcal Pharmacy, Cnr Canton Beach Rd & Main Rd
||Amcal Pharmacy, Shop 1147-1149 Westfield Shopping Centre
||Amcal Max, 1/2 Edward Stinson Ave
||Warnervale Chemist Care, 3 Mary McKillop Drive
||Optimal Pharmacy Plus, Shop 20-21, Wyong Village Central
Blooms The Chemist, 74 Pacific Highway