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Reduce, reuse and recycle



A typical Australian household disposes of 1.2 tonnes of waste per year. The following examples can help reduce your waste footprint:

  • When you are cooking a meal, don't over shop. Make a list of what you need and stick to it.
  • Choose paperless bills
  • Buy loose produce items rather than pre packaged, using reusable produce bags.
  • Making lunches in a reusable container, will reduce takeaway containers and save you money.
  • Use reusable water bottles and takeaway cups

For more ways to recycle household items see our A-Z recycling guide.


Council have now partnered with the Bower a non for profit organisation who provide various options for reusing and recycling of household items.

Services offered

  • The Bower upcoming repair cafes - Learn how to repair household items including furniture, electronics and upholstery.
  • The Bower reuse database - This amazing tool allows you to locate other reuse- repair- and recycling organisations, social media groups and social enterprises within the Greater Sydney region. 
  • The Bower | Learn  - Home DIY courses (for 15% off any of the courses please quote - 15BOWERGRCOUNCIL).


In addition to Councils E-waste drop off service, we have now implemented 3 small recycle stations in the following locations:

  • Georges River Council Chambers – Civic Centre – Corner of Dora and Macmahon Streets, Hurstville
  • Clive James Library – Kogarah Town Square, Belgrave Street, Kogarah
  • Hurstville Library - Corner of Queen and Dora Streets, Hurstville.

These collection points allow for small quantities of CDS and DVDs (cases and paper inserts also accepted) household batteries (AA, AAA, C, and 9V are accepted) and mobile phones.

Image of small recycling station

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