Special programs - Shoalhaven City Council

Special programs

Below is a list of recommended disposal or recycling methods for some common household wastes that have special programs. Certain types of materials such as asbestos, chemicals and fire extinguishers can present a risk to you and the environment. These items often require special methods of disposal.

For other items not listed here, contact Council on (02) 4429 3111 for more information or check out  Recycling Near You (new window).

Ammunition and flares

Contact your local Police station.

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Car batteries

Recycle My Battery is a nationwide program to recycle used lead acid batteries which are 98% recyclable, and which are commonly found in cars, boats and motor cycles. The Recycle My Battery website (new window) allows you to find the nearest recycling location.

Alternatively, car batteries will be accepted as part of the chemical waste cleanout program.

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Use Councils chemical waste cleanout service to clean out your old chemicals and special items to make your home safer.

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E-waste (Computers/TV accessories)

Residents can take e-waste to the depots and transfer stations free of charge. 

Waste depots

Farm chemicals

These can be disposed of through the Chem Clear Program (new window).
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Fridges, Freezers and Air Conditioning Units are accepted at no charge at all of Council's Recycling Waste Depots, but a refrigerant removal fee of $12.00 per unit will apply.

After fridges and freezers are accepted at the waste depots, they are professionally degassed and the metals recycled.

Did you know? Old fridges are the biggest energy users in the home, consuming up to three times the energy of new fridges.  Running your second fridge adds an average of $300 a year to your power bills and results in greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.  Also, old upright freezers use almost as much power as an old fridge.

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Plastic check out bags

Take plastic checkout and supermarket bags and all other clean, soft plastics to participating supermarkets for recycling. For a full range of what soft plastics are accepted for recycling via supermarkets, please go to REDcycle. Please do NOT put any form of soft plastic/plastic bags into your yellow lid kerbside recycling bins as it gets tangled in the mechanical equipment, causing damage to the equipment and interruptions to the recycling process.
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Printer and toner cartridges

Recycle your old printer and toner cartridges at participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, Dick Smith and Tandy stores.

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TVs can be recycled at any of the recycling & waste depots free of charge.

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Unwanted medicines

As part of a Federal Government initiative for the safe disposal of unwanted medicines, most pharmacies in the Shoalhaven are able to receive these for collection and safe disposal. Check with your local pharmacy and lets keep unwanted medicines away from children, out of our water supply and the environment.

For more information about the project, visit the Returning Unwanted Medicines website (new window) or contact RUM Project on 1300 650 835 or rum@netconnect.com.au.

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White goods

White goods (*except fridges, freezers and air conditioning units) can be recycled at any of the Recycling & Waste Depots free of charge.

*Fridges, freezers and air conditioning units are accepted for recycling at any of the Recycling & Waste Depots but attract a refrigerant removal fee of $12.50 per unit. 

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