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 2020, residents of the Central Coast recycled approximately 29,300 tonnes of recyclables which:
- saved over 80,700 cubic metres of landfill
- prevented 14,720 tonnes of greenhouse gases being produced, equivalent to permanently removing 3,534 vehicles from the roads
- saved more than 487 thousand gigajoules of energy, enough to power 2,259 homes for one year
- saved 485 thousand litres of water, equivalent to 194 Olympic swimming pools of water, equivalent to the annual water usage of 5,188 people.
Soft plastics household recycling
Central Coast Council has launched a household soft plastics recycling program. The program, which is run by our partners iQRenew and CurbCycle, aims to provide a simple, fun and rewarding way for you to recycle soft plastics from the comfort and safety of your home using your Council yellow lid recycling bin. All residents who live in the Central Coast local government area (LGA) who have access to a smart phone can opt-in to participate in this free program. Here’s how to get involved:
- Download the Curby App and register before 9 October 2021 to participate
- You’ll be sent CurbyPacks for the collection of household soft plastics
- Once you’ve received your packs, you’ll be able to put soft plastics into your yellow lid recycling bin using the provided CurbyBags and CurbyTags
Visit the Curby website to learn more and register.
Scrap metal products
Central Coast Council collects and recycles over 5,500 tonnes of scrap metal per year. Scrap Metal is accepted at our waste facilities free of charge. All scrap metal taken to our facilities is 100% recycled.
Accepted items include car bodies (not LPG), microwaves, washing machines, dryers, fridges, freezers, dishwashers, bikes, bbqs, trampoline frames, air conditioners, car tyres on rim (maximum four) and all other primarily metal containing products.
Council will also collect these items from your kerbside (with the exception of tyres on rims which are not accepted in this service), utilising one of your free six (6) kerbside collections per annum. Scrap metal is recovered from the tip face for recycling, where possible.
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 117 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. Visit the 1Coast website to see full list of e-waste items accepted. Residents can drop off unlimited quantities of e-waste items for free at any of our Waste Facilities.
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 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Collect your food waste for one 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
- After two weeks of living these behaviours, you'll be asked to 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.
Don't let mobiles go to landfill or waste away in your drawers. You can help reduce e-waste by recycling your old mobiles and accessories with MobileMuster. Simply drop them off at over 3500 public drop off points including all major mobile phone retailers, including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, and Samsung stores.
Recycling mattresses not only saves limited landfill space, it also saves resources.
Council retrieves mattresses from landfill at our waste management facilities daily. Mattresses are then stripped to acquire, reuse and recycle the metal components, which are sent to our contractors for recycling into various new products.
You can dispose of a mattress at one of Council’s Waste Facilities for an additional fee. Mattresses can also be collected for free through the bulk kerbside collection service, which is available to most households. Visit the 1coast website to learn more about bulk kerbside collection. View our Fees and Charges.
Electricity generation from landfill gas
Central Coast Council, in partnership with landfill gas management contractors has developed gas extraction and electricity generation facilities at its landfill sites.
When buried in anaerobic conditions (without oxygen), organic waste generates the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide. Methane is extracted from the landfilled areas via a network of pipes inserted into areas of the landfill then filtered and burned in a generator creating electricity.
Approximately 25,000 megawatt (MW) hours of electricity is produced each year from our landfill sites - enough to power 4,300 houses annually. In addition, the destruction of landfill generated methane has also resulted in the removal of the equivalent of 148,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - the equivalent of taking 13,410 cars off the road for a year!
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.
Check out the A-Z Recycling Guide on the 1Coast website to learn more about what items are accepted in your yellow lid recycling 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 websites:
- Freecycle Central Coast
- Central Coast NSW Freebies for Coasties in need
- Central Coast freebies
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. There are a number of platforms that you can use to list, swap and sell your items, including: