Recycling and disposal
Central Coast Council was one of the first councils to introduce kerbside recycling. All of the Central Coast’s kerbside recycling is delivered to a materials recovery facility located at Somerby. The resulting commodities are sorted and transported to a range of markets both nationally and internationally for recycling into beneficial products.
In 2019, residents of the Central Coast recycled approximately 26,500 tonnes of recyclables which:
- saved over 66,850 cubic metres of landfill
- prevented 15,720 tonnes of greenhouse gases being produced, equivalent to permanently removing 3,776 vehicles from the roads
- saved more than 431 thousand gigajoules of energy, enough to power 1,999 homes for one year
- saved 399 thousand litres of water, equivalent to 140 Olympic swimming pools of water, equivalent to the annual water usage of 3,744 people.
Soft plastics household recycling trial
Central Coast Council has launched a household soft plastics recycling trial with partners iQRenew and Nestle. We have reached the maximum 2,000 participants for the trial and registrations have closed. During the trial, participants will collect soft plastics in a special tagged bag which will be placed in their yellow bin. The trial will run for several months from early October and, if successful, we are looking to roll it out across the Central Coast.
Stay informed about this exciting trial by registering here to receive updates.
Visit our disposing hazardous waste page for information on disposing items such as asbestos, household chemicals, needles, sharps and syringes.
Central Coast Council collects and recycles over 135 tonnes of e-waste per year. E-waste is the waste associated with electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, printers and includes non-metal electrical items that do not contain liquid.
About 95% of all e-waste products are recyclable. E-waste can contain a broad range of materials, including precious metals (such as gold and platinum), heavy metals such as lead, phosphorus, mercury, selenium and cadmium, metal circuitry, mixed plastics, fire retardants and glass that are recovered and recycled.
Unfortunately e-waste is one of the most common items placed in household bins and bulk kerbside collections. This is not only a missed opportunity to retrieve precious metals, but also unnecessarily consumes our limited landfill space.
We accept any electrical product with a cord that does not contain liquid including: televisions, computer monitors, hard drives, keyboards, laptops, computer peripherals, scanners, printers, photocopiers, fax machines, audio equipment, speakers, electronic tools, electronic garden equipment, household small appliances, video / DVD players, cameras, mobile phones, game consoles and vacuum cleaners. Whitegoods, including microwaves, air conditioners and oil heaters are also accepted for free to be recycled as scrap metal.
Residents can drop off unlimited quantities of e-waste items for free at any of our Waste Facilities.
Scrap metal products
These include ferrous and non ferrous metals, car bodies (not LPG), whitegoods and car tyres on-rim (maximum four).
Items accepted include: microwaves, washing machines, dryers, fridges, freezers, dishwashers, bikes, bbqs, trampoline frames, air conditioners and all other primarily metal containing products.
Residents can drop off scrap metal items for free at any of our Waste Facilities.
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Food Smart Program
Food Smart is our free education program that helps you reduce food waste at home, save money and help the environment. It’s easy to participate, by following these steps:
- Request your Food Smart kit at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Collect your food waste for 1 day, in the food waste audit bag found in the kit
- Send in your results to Food Smart Program - Start Survey
- Live these food waste avoidance behaviours:
- Know Your Waste – completing this survey should have helped with highlighting your food waste
- Plan Your Meals – Use the meal planner magnet from your kit to help live this behaviour
- Shop With a List – Use the shopping list from your kit to help live this behaviour
- Perfect Portion Size – Use the spaghetti portioner from your kit to help live this behaviour
- Keep it Fresh – Use your storage box and clips from your kit to help live this behaviour
- Love Your Leftovers – Use the book from your kit to help live this behaviour
Please also enjoy the apron as your thank you gift for participating in this this program.
- After 2 weeks of living these behaviours, please conduct another food audit and submit your results at Food Smart Program - Final Survey.
- Continue living these food waste avoidance behaviours and help the environment, while saving money!
More than 90% of the plastics and metals in mobile handsets are recyclable and can be used to make fence posts, stainless steel products, jewellery and pallets. To recycle an old phone, simply drop them off in the foyer of our administration offices located at Wyong or Gosford, or at any of our Waste Facilities.
Recycling mattresses not only saves limited landfill space, it also saves resources.
Council, in partnership with its contractors, has implemented a new process that recycles mattresses delivered to our facilities.
Mattress materials are reused and recycled with the stripped metals reused as railway wheels, foam repurposed into carpet underlay, material utilised in decorative wall panels and the remaining products, including floc, wood and plastic, processed as biofuel.
It costs $27 per mattress to dispose of a mattress at any one of Council’s Waste Facilities, in addition to the Mixed Waste fee. Mattresses can also be collected for free through the kerbside collection service available to most households.
Refuse, reduce, reuse, upcycle, recycle!
Step 1: Refuse
- Plastic bags - take your own shopping bags, baskets, or use a cardboard box if at the fruit shop.
- Don't buy disposable or single-use items. Instead, buy durable reusable goods.
- Bring your own reusable coffee cup.
- Always carry your own reusable water bottle and refill it with free tap water.
- Try to avoid buying items in containers that cannot be recycled in your yellow bin. Currently, long life juice and milk containers cannot be recycled on the Central Coast. When buying such items, make sure the packaging is glass, a plastic bottle or the fresh milk and juice waxed cardboard containers.
Step 2: Reduce
- Buy products with minimal packaging.
- Buy in bulk at shops where you can bring your own containers.
- Choose concentrated or refillable forms of products, such as cleaning products.
- Buy quality not quantity. Good quality items may cost more initially but if they last longer they will probably end up being more economical.
- Repair items rather than throwing them away and buying again.
Step 3: Reuse
- Think about buying second hand items rather than brand new ones. Look into your local opportunity shop, second hand book shop, demolition yards or online sites.
- Why buy items like books and DVD’s when you can rent, borrow or loan them? Check out your local library and rental shops.
- Relearn the art of repairing broken items. Get out the sewing needle, hammer and nails or glue.
- When something can no longer be used for one task, reuse it for something else. Styrofoam boxes make great stackable worm farms and empty glass jars can be used as storage containers for many things.
Step 4: Upcycle
Upcycling is the reuse of unwanted items or goods and turning them into another product.
If you have a product or an item that is broken and you cannot easily repair it, why not try to create a new product out of it? A TV dinner tray could become an ironing board with a few small changes, clothes can be redesigned and jewellery can be made from corks or parts of books.
Be inspired and see what others have upcycled at Upcycle That!
Step 5: Recycle
On average 8-15% of the items in the household general waste bin (red bin) are items that could have been recycled. Make sure you put all your recyclable items into the yellow recycling bin, not the red general waste bin.
Alternate ways to recycle
One person’s junk is another's treasure! Take advantage of the ease of giving away by visiting one of the following web sites:
Anything and everything can be sold
Selling your unwanted items is a great way to reduce landfill, contribute to community reuse and upcycling and make some extra money.
What's On Central Coast for a list of car boot sales, markets and garage sales around your local area, or to list your garage sale for free.