Right Waste, Right Place
- Written by: Teela Griffin Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 email@example.com https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
We’ve got to hand it to you, Penrith! You never waste a chance to be great with waste!
There are many items that can’t go in your household waste bins such as electronic waste, chemical waste, sharps (syringes, needles, epi-pens and lancets) because they cause harm to the environment, front-line workers can be injured, and some items can be recycled and used again. There are other items that can be recycled when sent to appropriate recycling facilities such as clothing (textiles) and soft plastics.
Electronic waste (e-waste) is growing at three times the rate than other waste, which is why it’s great that you are sending it to the right place such as Penrith's Community Recycling Centre (CRC) and Council’s e-waste drop-off events, and not in your household bins.
The next E-waste Drop-off event will be held on 9 September 2023 at The Kingsway Playing Fields in Werrington.
You can take mobile phones and accessories, as well as household batteries, to the collection stations at Penrith City Library’s branches for free.
For more information please visit penrith.city/ewaste
Chemical Waste is the unwanted, out-of-date or disused household chemicals that you might keep in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, garage or garden shed.
By taking your chemical waste to the right place, such as a Chemical CleanOut event, you are helping to prevent contamination and protecting our waste collectors from injury by doing the right thing and never putting it in your household bins.
Council’s next Chemical CleanOut event will be held in early 2024 at The Kingsway Playing Fields in Werrington. Dates to be confirmed.
For a list of upcoming Chemical CleanOut events in neighbouring Council areas visit cleanout.com.au
The Penrith Community Recycling Centre accepts household quantities (20L or 20kg) of light globes, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, motor oil and up to 100L of paint (in max 20L containers), which can be dropped off for free.
For more information on acceptable items, please visit penrith.city/chemicalwaste
Never waste a chance to be safe with sharps and take them to free drop-off locations around Penrith. You are doing the right thing by never putting them in your green-lidded FOGO bin or yellow-lidded recycling bin.
What are sharps?
Needles, syringes and injectable pens are often used at home for medical conditions such as diabetes, infertility and blood clotting. Sharps may also be used for tattooing, acupuncture and cosmetic procedures. In other words, anything sharp that could hurt you or others.
How can I dispose of sharps safely?
Purpose made sharps containers are available from most pharmacies and are the best way to dispose of any sharps. These can be taken to community bins for free or back to a pharmacy, depending on whether they have a sharps collection service.
Alternatively, you can use any puncture-resistant rigid plastic containers such as an ordinary empty laundry liquid detergent bottle. You’ll need to tape the lid, label it ‘sharps’ and dispose of it in your red-lidded bin.
Where can I dispose of sharps safely?
Generally, any of the following locations are a community sharps disposal service:
- All public hospitals in NSW
- Pharmacies and chemists who have a sharps collection service
- Community health centres
To find out more, visit health.nsw.gov.au
You can drop-off your sharps containers for free at any of the below locations:
Why is it important?
It is important to dispose of sharps correctly to prevent injuries from sharps and keep everyone safe including you, our community and the workers at our FOGO, recycling and residual waste processing facilities.
Thanks Penrith, for never wasting a chance to be safe with sharps.
Soft plastics are common household packaging items like chip packets, bread bags, plastic bags, and cling wrap. The best way to check if an item is a soft plastics is to do the “scrunch test”. Scrunch the plastic in your hand, if it doesn’t immediately ‘spring’ back to it’s original shape, it’s most likely a soft plastic.
Why do I need to keep them separate?
It’s important to keep soft plastics out of your yellow-lidded recycling bin as it can’t be recycled in the same facility as other ‘hard’ plastics and is considered ‘contamination’ when placed in this bin. By keeping soft plastics OUT of your yellow-lidded bin and sorting your recycling correctly, you’re helping to make sure your items can be made into new products that can be used again and again.
If they can’t go in the yellow-lidded bin, where should they go?
If you are a resident of the Penrith LGA, the best way to dispose of your soft plastics is to book a RecycleSmart PowerPickup.
Penrith Council have partnered with RecycleSmart to offer “from your door”, contactless collections for household problem waste items such as soft plastics to make sure these are sent to the right place.
Soft plastics collected through RecycleSmart are recycled in Australia by APR Plastics. The soft plastics collected are recycled back into food-grade plastics to be used again.
To book a Power Pickup, visit recyclesmart.com/pickup or download the RecycleSmart App from the Apple of Play Store.
Clothing and linen items, such as bedsheets and towels, are becoming a growing area of concern in household waste generation. It is estimated that over the last year (2020-21), 240,000 tonnes of textiles were sent to landfill in NSW compared to only 800 tonnes being recycled.
When landfilled, textiles have significant negative environmental impacts, including micro-plastic shedding into the land and methane emission into the atmosphere from breakdown of organic fibres.
What can I do to keep my textiles out of landfill?
The best option is to avoid purchasing fast-fashion trends and textiles in the first instance. Instead opt for items that you are going to love long-term. When possible, purchase high quality textiles designed to last to help reduce textile waste at its source.
Choose to donate responsibly. This could be as simple as items to friends and family or giving items in good condition to local charities.
Like most household problem waste, most textiles can be recycled if kept separate from other items and sent to the correct facility. Council have partnered with RecycleSmart to offer “from your door”, contactless collections for household problem waste items like textiles to make sure these are sent to the right place for valuable resources to be recovered and reused.
Power Pickups, can be booked via the Recycle Smart App (available from the Apple or Play Store) or from the RecycleSmart website.
RecycleSmart Power Pickups
Some problem waste items can’t be disposed of in your household bins for safety and environmental reasons. To ensure that we are sending problem waste to the right place and protecting our environment, Council has partnered with RecycleSmart to provide Penrith residents with a “from your door” collection service for items like e-waste and textiles.