Waste & Recycling
Waste and Environmental Information
Waste is a big deal when it comes to our environment.
It’s not just about finding the space to put it all, but it’s also about dealing with the contamination of land and the creation of more greenhouse gases from all the waste that goes into landfill.
To help you learn more about the environment and how to better manage your waste, Holroyd Council has developed a website called:
You will also find other useful information about our environment, how it’s connected to public health and pollution, and what it means to live sustainably.
For the convenience of residents, Cumberland Council operates a garden waste mulching service.
The service operates from Councils depot in Guildford and is accessed through the gates off Foray Street Guildford.
The community mulching service operates every Sunday during daylight savings (except public holidays) between 9am and 2pm at Council’s Depot, accessed via Foray Street, Guildford.
During non-daylight savings time (winter season) the service will be open on the first and third Sunday of each month (except Public Holidays) between 9am to 2pm.
- 2 and 23 April 2017
- 7 and 21 May 2017
- 4 and 18 June 2017
- 2 and 16 July 2017
- 6 and 2o August 2017
- 3 and 17 September 2017
Garden waste is limited to one box trailer load. Truckloads of garden waste will not be accepted.
You will need to bring proof of Cumberland residency, eg. your rates notice, as the service is for residential usage only and limited to ‘one box trailer load’. Commercial use is prohibited.
Items Not Accepted:
- Items not accepted for mulching include:
- Lawn clippings
- Limbs greater than 300mm in diameter no longer than 2 metres
- Palm fronds
- Succulents or cactus plants
- Plants with thorns
- Weed material
- Tree stumps
- Bags of leaves
- Any type of domestic waste
Council reserves the right to refuse any garden waste which it deems unsuitable for mulching.
When transporting garden waste ensure that your load is adequately covered, or you could face being fined.
Uncovered loads of waste can spill onto the road creating both safety hazards and pollution to the environment.
The Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005 requires waste transported by a vehicle to be covered during its transportation.
Ensure waste is transported safely and covered or risk a fine of $500.
For details on mulching, please contact Council’s Customer Service on 9840 9840.
Mobile Community Recycling Service
The Mobile Community Recycling Service is available to residents of Cumberland and City of Parramatta Council’s. The service aims to provide an easy and convenient way for residents to safely dispose of household problem wastes including gas bottles, fire extinguishers, paint, batteries, oils, fluoro lights and smoke detectors.
To be eligible to participate in this program you must:
- Be a current resident of Cumberland Council or City of Parramatta Council.
- Ensure only materials listed are placed out for collection. No other waste will be collected.
- Place materials out the night before your collection date.
- Materials must be placed on your property within your front boundary, in an accessible area
(e.g. not behind locked gates, no unrestrained pets).
- Place only domestic quantities out for collection, i.e.20Kg or 20L maximum container size.
- All items are to be secured or intact (leaking or damaged containers will not be collected).
Please go to http://problemwaste.com.au/ to book in a free collection.
Composting and Worm Farming
This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.
Composting and worm farming videos in the following languages, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Farsi and Gujarati can be found on Councils’ EnviroHub website.
For more information on how to use worm farms or compost bins in your home, visit the Office of Environment and Heritage or phone 9840 9840.
Boasting an array of recycling systems and a genuine care for the environment, Council provides a comprehensive summary of waste services including related information to download in English and a few other languages. Existing landfill areas have a limited lifespan and there is a shortage at present for new spaces to manage waste. If this is not addressed, waste can potentially result in pollution and contamination. These educational tools will give residents a better understanding about how to manage their yellow bin, and learn what happens to these waste materials and why. Council offers a commingled recycling service, which means that all recyclables can be placed in the bin together. This makes recycling easier and means you can maximise the amount you recycle and reduce the amount of resources going to landfill. Houses, villas and townhouses receive one recycling bin per property. Units share one recycling bin between three units.
For clarification of collection days or if you experience any service problems please contact the JJ Richards hotline on 9677 0024. Please see below for more information or contact Council on 9840 9840.
- Your Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide
- Your Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide-Hindi
- Your Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide-Arabic
Frequently Asked Questions
Council’s Ordinance Inspectors are fully qualified and available when notified of discarded used syringes are found in public places, and ensure the community remains safe. Holroyd educates residents who need to dispose of syringes to do so at Council’s Customer Service Centre or local registered pharmacies. They need to be in a proper plastic sharps container or a drink one with a screw top like a milk or juice bottle.
Or visit a local registered pharmacy:
- Chemist King, Greystanes, Shop 20A, 665-669 Merrylands Road, Greystanes – 9631 4832
- Chemsave Chemist, Wentworthville Mall, 42 Dunmore Street, Wentworthville – 9636 7173
- Chemsave Day/Night Pharmacy, 118 Station Street, Wentworthville – 9631 4005
- Cincotta Chemist, 185 Merrylands Road, Merrylands – 1300 787 868
- Terry White Chemist, Shop 1049-1051 Stockland Merrylands, Merrylands – 9682 5558
- Toongabbie Drug Store, Picadilly Centre, 13 Aurelia Street, Toongabbie – 9631 3268
- West End Pharmacy, 225a Fowler Road, Guildford West – 9632 9467
- Westmead Pharmacy, Oakes Shopping Centre, 74 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead – 9635 6410
- Holroyd City Council, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands – 9840 9840
An Ordinance Inspector will attend to the site of an unsafe syringe as soon as possible or take details to inform you of when it will be removed, please phone 9840 9840.
Disposal of Household Chemicals
To eliminate chemicals in the household safely, Holroyd Council works in conjunction with the NSW Environment Protection Authority to provide convenient drop-off locations for unwanted materials. There is one held in the Holroyd area every year however they are accepted all over Sydney, and residents can attend whichever weekend location they like. Household quantities accept only, never mix chemicals, label clearly if possible and keep safe during transportation.
When: TBC in the new year
You can drop off these materials:
- Solvents and household cleaners
- Floor care products
- Ammonia-based cleaners
- Fluorescent globes and tubes
From your garage:
- Paint and paint-related products
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Gas bottles
- Fire extinguishers
- Pool chemicals
- Hobby chemicals
- Acids and alkalis
- Car batteries
- Motor oils, fuels and fluid
- For Household chemical materials only – no commercial chemicals accepted
Note: Paint, motor oil, car batteries and gas bottles can be collected free of charge with the Mobile Community Recycling Service. Please see information listed above regarding this service.
Phone the Environment Line on 131 555 to find out correct disposal for businesses
Residents requiring more details on taking part in the program, please phone 9840 9840.
‘This is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy. Visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au’
Fridge Buyback Scheme
Getting rid of your spare old fridge or upright freezer is one of the easiest steps you can take to cut your power bills.
Inefficient second fridges and freezers are one of the home’s biggest energy guzzlers, consuming up to three times the energy of new fridges. Running a second fridge adds an average of $300 a year to your power bills and results in greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Old upright freezers use almost as much power as an old fridge.
Fridge Buyback is a residential energy savings program that actually pays you to reduce your power bills and help save the environment by giving up your old second fridge or upright freezer. The appliances are professionally degassed and the metals recycled.
To participate, your fridge or upright freezer must be a working, second appliance that has been in regular use and is 200 litres (7.06 cubic feet) or more in volume.
Fridges and freezers are collected by professional removalists and a $25 rebate is paid if the removal involves stairs with six steps or less. Collection is free, but no rebate is paid, where collection involves between seven to 20 steps). A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps.
There are regular collection runs every few weeks in most built-up areas.
Ring 1800 708 401 to book or see www.fridgebuyback.com.au for more information.
Fridge Buyback is an energy savings program operating under the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme and is supported by Council. The program is independently operated by Next Energy Pty Ltd.
Domestic Waste Service
Council entitles residents with a waste management service that ensures the City remains clean and safe for the community. Every residential property in the Holroyd area has a weekly garbage and fortnightly recycling service. Council encourages residents to ensure correct disposal of their materials so that recycling bins are maximised and provide assistance in the diversion of resources from landfill. Bins should be placed on the nature strip the night before the allocated collection day and then withdrawn from area as soon as practical after servicing. Handles must face the property and size allocations may vary depending on residence type.
There’s a form to fill out and send to email@example.com for residents requiring new or additional waste allocations, or if require further information on the service please phone 9840 9840.
Occasional Garbage and Recycling Service
This Council service is ideal for residents with special events, holidays, or excess in between collections. For $20.00 per bin, locals can arrange to have their garbage and/or recycling bins picked up on request. A great advantage for residents who would rather not have waste sitting around waiting to be collected.
Fill out the Request for Occasional Garbage or Recycling Service, circle your nominated day and put the waste out the night before, and return it with the fee to Council’s Customer Service desk or please phone 9840 9840.
Love Food, Hate Waste / Love Your Leftovers Cookbook and Application
Locals will learn that eliminating food waste will help nurture the environment while also saving time and money in the long term. An abundance of research has aided the Council in their development of an E-Community Cookbook that features several recipes submitted by residents to help households minimise food wastage. The document was developed as part of the Council’s commitment to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ project. The nutritious and tasty collection sheds light on meals from our ancestors where food was sometimes scarce. Through public awareness highlighting the issues and problems with excessive waste, the Council opted to develop an App which also shares practical advice and tips.
View the flyer and order the Cookbook here as well as retrieve the link to download the App or contact Council for more information please call 9840 9715.
Electronic (e-waste) Recycling
The recycle of electronic products, and goods will greatly benefit our natural resources and their conservation. A majority of E-Waste is harmful to the environment because it is left untreated with non-biodegradable toxic substances in landfills. Drop Off Days are scheduled at nominated Council facilities.
Council’s FREE e-waste service is available:
Saturday 24 June 2017
9am – 4pm
Auburn Baseball Club Carpark
For Household e-waste only – no commercial e-waste accepted.
Computer monitors, computer hard drives, keyboards & mouse, computer cables, printers and fax machines, laptops/notebooks, VCR, DVD and CD players, photocopiers and scanners, mobile phones, telephones and switchboards, televisions, microwaves, leads and cables, computer game consoles, stereo equipment, projectors, irons
White Goods Not Accepted:
- Fridges / freezers
- Washing machines / clothes dryers
Note: SITA’s Seven Hills Transfer Station is now accepting TVs and computers FREE of charge. For more information and conditions of acceptance please view SUEZ’s E-Waste page.
Hint: Recycle used printer cartridges through Planet Ark’s “Cartridges 4 PlanetArk” program. Drop off old printer cartridges at Australia Post, Officeworks or JBHiFi and be part of the program which collects and returns cartridges for remanufacturing and recycling. See http://cartridges.planetark.org/ for more details.
Kerbside Clean Up Service
Two services each twelve month period allows Holroyd residents to dispose of rubbish like green waste and white goods to ensure maintenance. Notification of the service is delivered by mail one week prior to the allocated collection week.
Extra pick-up services can be scheduled by filling out the Request for Additional Clean-Up Service and returning to Customer Service at Council Chambers with the $68.60 fee.
There are restrictions including no chemicals or toxic agents, builder’s refuse, and motor vehicles or engine parts.
Services are not provided on Fridays. Only quantities equivalent to a box trailer load will be collected, and materials must be in bundles and tied.
For information requesting the service please phone 9840 9840.
Note: SITA’s Seven Hills Transfer Station is now accepting TVs and computers FREE of charge. For more information and conditions of acceptance please view SITA’s E-Waste
Hint: Recycle used printer cartridges through Planet Ark’s “Cartridges 4 PlanetArk” program. Drop off old printer cartridges at Australia Post, Officeworks or JB HiFi and be part of the program which collects and returns cartridges for re-manufacturing and recycling. See http://cartridges.planetark.org/ for more details.
Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad
The Council is committed to keeping Holroyd clean through their own services and management, and ensures waste material does not pollute the environment or pose a safety risk to the community. Illegal dumping and littering also detracts from the general appearance of the street which is unacceptable. Council is a member of an organisation of authorised officers formed to specifically target illegal dumping in Western Sydney. Incidents are investigated and resolved, and Council offers extra services for residents who require assistance with removal of material between allocated Clean Ups.
The Council encourages residents to make reports along with some specific details to assist with the process of finding illegal dumpers with RID on 4732 7446. Help keep Holroyd clean by reading our Illegal Dumping Brochure and for further information please phone Council on 9840 9840.
Frequently Asked Questions