The Wollongong Waste website is your go-to place for information about your red, yellow and green bin collections.
Visit Wollongong Waste or call 1300 362 360 to:
- Ask a Waste Expert your questions about recycling, waste and reuse
- Book a cleanup
- Find out when your collection day is
- Learn what goes in your red, yellow and green bins
- Report a problem with your bins
- Get your bin repaired or replaced
- Change the size of your red bin
- Order an extra bin
- Arrange bins for a new home
- Cancel a waste service
You can also download the Wollongong Waste App to set reminders for your bin day, report bin issues, and learn more about waste and recycling.
You can recycle many common household items including cardboard, paper, plastics, steel cans and glass bottles and jars in your yellow top bin, which is collected fortnightly.
Our Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Kembla Grange also lets you drop off many common types of problem household waste, plus excess recyclables that don't fit in your yellow top bin. It’s free to use this service. Visit our Community Recycling Centre page for more details.
We also have Community Recycling Stations at selected library locations, where you can recycle household batteries, mobile phones and accessories, smoke alarms and x-rays.
Each household in Wollongong can get two free kerbside cleanups every year.
You must book your cleanup in advance:
- If you live in a house or a complex (eg flats, villas, townhouses) with eight or less units, you can book any time.
- If you live in a complex with more than eight units, you’ll need to talk to the strata or managing body to arrange a booking.
To book a cleanup and find out what items can be included, visit the Wollongong Waste website.
Some types of waste are difficult to get rid of responsibly, like chemicals, asbestos and medical waste.
See our Problem Waste page for tips on dealing with these types of rubbish.
Soft plastics should not go in your yellow recycling bin.
Soft plastics include any plastic packaging you can easily scrunch into a ball, like bread bags, rice packets, plastic bags, lolly and biscuit wrappers, frozen food bags and even old green bags.
Please note, the Redcycle soft plastics collection program through major supermarkets has been suspended until further notice. Visit the Redcycle website for updates or more information.
In the meantime, you will need to put soft plastics in your red lidded waste to landfill bin.
Visit our Sustainable Living pages to find out how reduce your household waste and help the environment.
We’ve put together information about waste and recycling in some commonly spoken community languages:
- Managing our waste wisely - Arabic PDF, 1324.27 KB
- Managing our waste wisely - Chinese PDF, 1533.75 KB
- Managing our waste wisely - Macedonian PDF, 1309.69 KB
If you need help with a waste issue in a language other than English, see our Language Services page.
We offer two types of waste collection services to help residents on compassionate grounds:
- Wheel Out / Wheel In Waste Service: for special needs households who can't physically take their bins to the kerb due to a verified, permanent or long-term medical condition.
- Kidney Dialysis Service: a 240L Residual Waste Service for households that have excessive residual waste associated with kidney dialysis which can't be managed using the standard collection service.
These services are limited. Visit the Wollongong Waste website for more information and application forms, or call us on (02) 4227 7111.
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