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We host environmental workshops to share ideas on how to reduce waste and recycle more.

Come along and learn how to compost your food scraps, upcycle old t-shirts, pickle and preserve food, reupholster old furniture, create recycled garden art, and much more! Our workshops are generally free or so join us to learn how to waste less and recycle more at your place. You can register to attend a workshop at our Eventbrite page.

What can I recycle in my yellow bin?

It is important that you always put 'Waste in the Right Place'.

Here is a list of the only things that should go in your recycling bin:

  • plastic bottles and containers
  • cardboard boxes and cartons (please flatten them to make more room in your bin)
  • paper - all types!
  • aluminium cans, including aerosols
  • steel cans
  • glass bottles and jars

For more details about what can be recycled in your yellow bin at home visit Visy Recycling.

Yellow Bin

Where does my recycling go? 

Every fortnight when the recycling truck leaves your suburb, it heads towards the VISY recycling plant at Smithfield. There, they have a huge machine called a Materials Recovery Facility which uses both manual (people) and mechanical sorting techniques to separate all the different types of recyclables. From here they are sold to reprocessing facilities to be made into new products.

Recycling placed in plastic bags, however, will not be recycled. This is why it is so important to place recycling loose into your recycling bin!

For more information how your recycling is separated and reprocessed visit VISY Recycling.

Why is it important to recycle properly?

Knowing how to recycle properly is an important skill that everyone should learn. Items that are incorrectly placed in recycling bins can contaminate everything else in the bin. This can mean your recycling efforts will go to waste!

The following useful tips will help make your recycling easier:

  • Rather than use plastic bags, use a tub or basket to transport recyclables from your kitchen to your recycling bin to ensure your recycling efforts aren't in vain. Plastic bags or bags full of recycling cannot be recycled in your yellow lidded recycling bin.
  • There's no need to waste water by rinsing out your recyclable food containers. You just need to ensure that all excess liquid or food has been removed from containers before you put them in the recycling bin.
  • It's not necessary to peel sticky labels off containers or jars, as labels are removed during the recycling process anyway.

When you recycle properly, there are many environmental benefits:

  • Your efforts will help conserve natural resources, such as coal, oil, minerals and trees
  • A large amount of water and energy is conserved by using recycled materials rather than raw materials in the production process
  • The amount of rubbish in landfills is reduced, which means that there are less greenhouse gases being emitted from the rubbish breaking down
  • The lives of marine animals and native wildlife can be saved if plastic and other recyclable material is disposed of properly

Other recycling services

There are lots of household items that can be recycled, just not always by using your recycling bin at home! Here are some details of other local recycling solutions for some common household items. The bonus is that all of them are FREE!

Problem waste

Cumberland Council offers a service for the collection, recycling and appropriate disposal of collects the following items for free as part of our Mobile Problem Waste Collection Service, and ensures that they are recycled and disposed of properly:

  • Paint Tins
  • BBQ Gas Bottles and Fire Extinguishers
  • Household batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Motor oils
  • Cooking Oils
  • Fluoro Globes and Tubes
  • Smoke Detectors

For more information or to book your next collection simply visit or call 8757 9000.

Plastic bags

Plastic bags should never go in your recycling bin at home, but they can still be recycled if you take them to your local Coles or Woolworths.

Find your nearest collection point.

For a full list of plastic bags that can be recycled using this service visit Redcycle.

Electronic waste 

Electronic waste (known as E-waste) includes computer parts, TV’s, microwaves, stereo equipment, DVD and CD players, photocopiers and mobile phones. E-waste is harmful to the environment because it contains toxic materials. If you have unwanted e-waste, these items can be recycled and here’s how!

  • Book a free collection from the Mobile Community Recycling Service. To find out which E-Waste items are accepted in this pickup service, visit the Mobile Community Recycling Service webpage or call Council on 8757 9000.
  • You can take some E-Waste items to the following locations for free. Check their websites for details as items accepted and operating hours may vary:
  1. Suez Seven Hills Resource Recovery Centre - 29 Powers Road, Seven Hills
  2. Sims Recycling Solutions – 82 Marple Avenue, Villawood
  3. Auburn Resource Recovery Centre – Old Hill Link, Homebush


Cardboard can go in your recycling bin at home, but if you have a lot it might be easier to take it directly to VISY recycling. It’s free!

Visy Recycling – 6 Herbert Place, Smithfield.

They are open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.


Polystyrene cannot be recycled in your yellow bin, however if you would like to help it get recycled you can take it to the follow collection point. It’s free!

Liverpool Community Recycling Centre – 99 Rose Street, Liverpool

They are open Monday - Saturday; 7am – 3pm.

Mobile Phones and Batteries

Mobile phones and batteries can be taken to all libraries in the Cumberland Council area for recycling. There are also collection tubes at the Auburn and Merrylands Administration Centres. Visit for locations details and opening hours.

Unwanted Furniture and Other Items

Give your unwanted items a new lease of life! The Bower accepts a wide variety of furniture and household items for repair and resale. There is a free collection service for Cumberland residents.

To arrange a collection visit The Bower's Booking Tool  and expand the lifespan of your pre-loved items. The booking tool also provides a list of items that are accepted.

Do you need help with recycling?

Council has lots of resources that can help you with recycling. 

For Your Home: 

Residents can request bin stickers and posters from Council, to help with recycling and waste management at their home. 

If you live in a unit block and would like Council to provide education materials to help residents with recycling (and other waste management issues) please call our Resource Recovery Team on 8757 9000. We'd love to help!

For Your School: 

If you work at a school in the Cumberland Council area and would like to organise education sessions for your class we can help! Simply call 8757 9000 for more information.

If you haven’t found a solution to your recycling needs on this page, please visit or call Council’s Resource Recovery Team on 8757 9000.