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Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of questions that Hurstville City Council is frequently asked by the community. Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions are provided below:

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Recycling

Why is recycling important?

There are many reasons why recycling makes sense for the environment, the economy and society. It reduces the depletion of natural resources, saves on energy use and is less expensive than using new materials. Continue to read...

Why can I place only certain things in my recycling bin?

When thinking about what can and can't be recycled at home, it is best to know what happens to your recycling after it is collected from your kerbside.  Continue to read...

Can pizza boxes be recycled?

Yes, in general empty and clean pizza boxes should be recycled. However sometimes they are heavily contaminated with grease and food. The grease and food waste doesn't dissolve in the paper recycling process and creates a contaminant in the recycled  Continue to read...

Can I place Plastic Bags in my recycling bin?

Used empty plastic bags can only be recycled through special plastic bag collection facilities in supermarkets, and can not be collected as part of household kerbside recycling collections as they get caught on the conveyor belts causing damage to ma Continue to read...

Which plastics can I recycle?

Only plastic bottles, rigid containers and tubs can be collected in your recycling bin. This is because although many different types of plastic are recyclable in theory, the Australian plastics recycling market is limited by our small population. Continue to read...

What about plastic trays?

Foam trays should not go in the recycling bin. Meat trays (plastic or foam) should not be, because they are usually contaminated with blood products and also because many of them are foam trays or have a non-recyclable liner with them. Plastic fruit  Continue to read...

Can I recycle plastic pot plants?

No, as plastic pot plants often contain residual plant matter and as the mixed plastic is sent overseas for recycling the organic material makes it illegal to transport the plastic. Additionally the sorting lines are designed for smaller containers,  Continue to read...

What do I do with the lids on bottles and jars?

Lids should never be left on bottles and jars in the recycling bin.  Continue to read...

Do I have to take the labels off?

No, most labels do not need to be removed. When the recyclables are cleaned they are generally immersed in water for an extended period of time, this process removes any labels which float to the top and are removed. However some plastic bottles have Continue to read...

What about staples and window faced envelopes?

When paper and cardboard is recycled it is immersed in water and turned into a type of paper mulch or pulp. During this process any non-paper items that are heavy or very light are separated and removed. This means that small quantities of staples an Continue to read...

Can I recycle phone books?

Yes, phone books can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin. Continue to read...

Can I recycle waxed boxes and cups?

Like coated paper products, waxed boxes can not be recycled because they are too heavy and cause contamination of the recycled cardboard. How can I tell if its waxed? Scratch the surface with your nail – if a waxy residue comes off it can not be recy Continue to read...

Why can't paper towel be recycled?

Paper towels are becoming higher quality and are made out of 'wet-strength paper' they are designed not to break down in water so that they fulfil their purpose of absorbing liquid. This means that they don't easily breakdown in the paper recycling p Continue to read...

What types of cans can I recycle?

Canned food containers are generally made from steel and are 100% recyclable, providing they are empty and rinsed clean of leftover food. Aerosol cans can be recycled if they are empty and the lid is removed. Continue to read...

Can I recycle paint tins?

Paint tins are generally not recyclable because they contain leftover paint that is hazardous to workers and contaminates machinery and other recyclables. However when paint tins are finished only the completely empty dry tin can be recycled with the Continue to read...

What other types of metals can I recycle?

Metals other than steel or aluminium containers can usually not be recycled in household recycling. Metal cooking pots, coat hangers, motor parts and other scrap metals can be dangerous, too large or contaminated by plastic fittings or other material Continue to read...

What types of glass can I recycle?

Glass bottles and jars of any colour can be recycled in household recycling. Ceramics, vases, mirrors, heat-proof cooking glass, drinking glass and china can not be recycled because they heat at a different temperature to regular glass bottles and ja Continue to read...

How do I recycle clothing, shoes, toys and textiles?

These should never be placed in your household recycling bin because they cause contamination in the recycling process and clothing or shoelaces can jam and damage machinery. The sorting process is not designed to recover these types of materials and Continue to read...

Can shredded paper be placed in the recycling bin?

Shredded paper becomes like confetti in the Materials Recycling Facility The air separator and trammel are not designed to process paper particles smaller than a regular flyer. Smaller particles should be composted or placed in the rubbish bin. Continue to read...

Where should I take small electronic items like radios, hairdryers and other appliances?

If they are in good working condition they may be accepted by a charity store. Alternatively they can be placed out with clean up. Due to the potentially hazardous nature of electrical goods once they reach landfill, it is preferable that these items Continue to read...

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