Featured artist: Shannon Crees

Other waste

Featured artist: Shannon Crees
You are here:


Other waste

There is some waste that Council will not accept in any of their bins or in the booked waste collection. Council facilitates a number of alternative waste collection options, including:

Visit the A–Z: what goes where? guide for a full list of items and disposal options.

Have a question? Contact the Resource Management team on rethinkwaste@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Asbestos disposal

If you wish to dispose asbestos, please visit recyclingnearyou.com.au or call 1300 733 712.

Battery recycling

Residents can drop old batteries off for recycling at the Inner West Council Petersham Service Centre on 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham. Old alkaline and rechargeable batteries can also be dropped off at the next e-waste drop-off day or at multiple collection points across Sydney – visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au for more information.

Once collected, batteries are sorted by type and chemistry. Common general purpose cells (alkaline batteries) are sent to a specialist recycler in Australia where ferrous and non ferrous metals are recovered. Rechargeable batteries are sorted, repackaged and shipped overseas to a licensed recycling facility where the cadmium is recovered and used to manufacture new batteries. Ferro-nickel is also recycled.

Why recycle?

Batteries contain a range of environmentally hazardous chemicals including cadmium, mercury, zinc and nickel, all of which accumulate in landfills and may enter the food chain and pollute groundwater. Lead and mercury are potent neurotoxins. Cadmium is another major pollutant, being absorbed by plants in the soil and entering the food chain. Visit Planet Ark's battery recycling page for more information.

Remember: toxic compounds are usually found in electronic devices, such as computer screens, laptops and televisions in addition to light bulbs and fluorescent lamps.

Mobile phones

Residents can drop old mobile phones for recycling at Inner West Council Petersham Service Centre on 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham, or hold onto them to dispose of at the next e-waste drop-off day.

Mobile phone retailers usually accept old mobile phones for recycling. For more recycling locations, visit www.mobilemuster.com.au or www.recyclingnearyou.com.au. Alternatively call the Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712.

Community sharps – used syringes, needles and lancets 

Residents can safely dispose of needles, syringes and lancets at a range of pharmacies throughout the Marrickville area. Needles and sharps waste must never be placed in street litter bins, domestic garbage or recycling bins as they pose serious health and safety risks for recycling workers and larger community.

Be smart with your sharps and place them in a sharps container or a puncture resistant container (not glass) and dispose of them for FREE at the following pharmacies:

  • Dulwich Hill Pharmacy – 475 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill
  • Fords Pharmacy – 247 King Street, Newtown
  • Stanmore Station Pharmacy – 104 Cambridge Street, Stanmore
  • Chemist Warehouse Marrickville – Shop 3/258 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
  • Blooms The Chemist – 251 Marrickville Road, Marrickville  
  • Petersham Pharmacy – 76 Audley Street, Petersham NSW 2049

Visit www.safesharps.org.au to find a sharps disposal location near you.

Are you a pharmacy interested in providing this service to your customers? Contact Council’s Resource Management Officer to find out more on 9335 2131.

If you find sharps on public property, please report this to the Needle Cleanup Hotline immediately on 1800 633 353.

A–Z: What goes where? 

Not sure how to dispose of a particular type of waste? Visit Council's A–Z guide for a table of preferred and alternative options for different types of waste.