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Additional Waste and Recycling

There are many household items that can contain hazardous or valuable materials which should not be disposed of in landfill. Technological advancements and smart legislation surrounding product stewardship now means a variety of recycling programs are available for residents for the safe disposal of these items. If you are unsure as to how to dispose of an item click here to search by item type to get more information. Georges River Council currently has the following additional waste and recycling programs:

Asbestos Removal
Compost and Wormfarms
Electronic Waste
Chemical Cleanout
Greenwaste Dropoff

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos is a dangerous material commonly used in construction prior to 2003, when it was banned throughout Australia. It is illegal to dump asbestos and its removal is governed by strict safety protocols because of the danger it can pose if not handled correctly. To minimise the risk of asbestos exposure to yourself or your family, WorkCover recommends that householders engage a licensed asbestos removal contractor if asbestos must be disturbed or removed. Do-it-yourself asbestos removal is not recommended. Asbestos waste must be disposed of at a landfill that accepts it  and may require 24 hours of notice before drop off.

Composting and Worm Farms

Georges River Council offers a half price rebate on worm farms and compost bins for Georges River residents.For further information about the compost revolution contact Council's Kogarah Service Centre on 9330 9400. Discounted prices are as follows:

  • Compost Bin $39.75
  • Compost Turner $18.20
  • Worm Farm $46.75
  • Worm Farm Worms $23.20

What are the benefits of composting?

  • Improve your soil quality to grow better vegetables, plants and flowers
  • Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions
  • Cut your garbage in half and stop organic material from entering landfill.

Electronic Waste

Georges River Council is pleased to offer a free Electronic Waste (E Waste) recycling service for residents, small businesses and schools. The service is available as part of Council’s participation in the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. E Waste can be disposed of each Saturday between 8.00am and 12.00pm at Georges River Council Mortdale Depot, 100 Roberts Ave, Mortdale.

Accepted Items: Televisions and computers, hard drives, monitors, keyboards, circuit boards, network and memory cards, printers, scanners, faxes, floppy discs and power supplies, toner and ink cartridges, DVDs/VCRs players, stereos and speakers, phones and accessories, gaming equipment, microwaves, vacuums, hair driers, toasters, alarm clocks, irons, kettles, power tools, digital/video cameras.

Unaccepted Items: White goods (fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers), gas bottles, household batteries, light globes, fluorescent tubes, halogen lights, air conditioners, styrofoam, smoke detectors, videocassette tapes, individual DVDs and CDs.

Please note: Georges River Council takes no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred from improper use of confidential information which may be stored on computing equipment. It is owner’s responsibility to delete all personal data from devices before drop off. Ewaste cannot be dropped off on public holidays or when there are other publicised recycling events. For more information please contact Council's Waste Services on 9330 6400, or techcollect on 1300 229 837.

Chemical Cleanouts

Georges River Council will soon be hosting the next round of Household Chemical Cleanouts at Georges River Council, Mortdale Depot. Any member of the public is welcome to come and drop off unwanted chemicals. The next dates of Council's Chemical Cleanout is:

Saturday, 27 May 2017
Mortdale Depot
Depot Road, Mortdale

Accepted items: Paints and poisons, pesticides and herbicides solvents and chemical cleaners, motor oils, fuels and fluids, car batteries, acids and alkalis, gas bottles, fire extinguishers and flares, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, fluorescent tubes.No more than 20kg or 20litres of the accepted chemicals are allowed to be dropped off.

Free Garden Waste Drop Off Site

Georges River Council offers two new garden waste services at the Mortdale Depot during spring and summer months to help residents get rid of excess garden trimmings. Residents can drop off garden waste into skip bins, or actually turn tree branches into woodchips to take home.The service is available between 8.00am – 3.00pm on the following dates:
2016 events: 17 September, 8 October, 22 October, 5 November, 26 November, 3 December, 10 December
2017 events: 21 January, 4 February, 18 February, 4 March, 18 March, 1 April

For green waste drop off:
Accepted Items: Tree prunings, shrubs, plants, branches, flowers, grass
Unaccepted Items: Tree stumps, fence palings and structural timber, household garbage, commercial, demolition or building waste

For wood chipping service:  
Accepted Items: Branches less than 35cm (350mm) in diameter, larger than 1 metre in length, can be safely handled by two people
Unaccepted Items: Palm fronds and palm trunks, tree stumps, bamboo, succulents including banana trees, cactus, spiky or thorny material, noxious weeds (privet, lantana, oleander), fence palings or structural timber

General Requirements:

  • Proof of residency required
  • Council reserves the right to refuse any garden waste which it deems unsuitable for chipping
  • Residents can take the woodchips/mulch home with them or leave them onsite
  • If you choose to take the woodchips home you will be required to self-load your vehicle and cover your load
  • Evidence of legal approval to remove and prune may be requested by Council officers.
Please note: Before pruning or removing trees on private land you must obtain a tree management permit or development consent. Please contact council's Tree Management Officers on 9330 6400.