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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 3374 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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Chemicals

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

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.

Fridges can also be disposed of under the NSW Government Fridge Buyback program.

Fridge Buyback is a residential energy savings program that actually pays you to help save the environment and reduce your power bills by giving up your old second fridge or upright freezer.
 

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.
 

Households that have been using a second fridge or freezer can hand in their old working appliances by calling 1800 708 401 during business hours to make a booking.  The fridges and freezers collected are professionally degassed and the metals recycled.  

To participate in the program, your fridge must be a working second fridge that has been in regular use and is 200 litres or more in size. Fridge Buyback can also now take upright freezers that have been in regular use and are 200 litres or more in size.

Fridge Buyback provides residents with free collection by professional removalists and a $25 (from 1st July 2016) rebate if the removal of the fridge or freezer involves 6 steps or less.  Appliances are collected for free if there are between 7 or 20 steps but no rebate is available.  A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps.   

For more information call 1800 708 401 or visit the Fridge Buyback website at www.fridgebuyback.com.au

Fridge Buyback is an energy savings program operating under the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme and is supported by Council.  The program is independently operated by Next Energy Pty Ltd.

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Plastic check out bags

Take plastic checkout bags to participating supermarkets for recycling.
 
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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

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 Simon Appel at the 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 per unit. 

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