With a range of recycling and reuse options available, think before disposing during your spring clean.

31 August 2022

If you’re planning a spring clean to spruce up your home, apartment, or townhouse there are several resources available to help you minimise your waste.

ACT recycling fast facts:

  • Around 250 tonnes of recycling from the ACT and our surrounding councils are sorted each day at the Materials Recovery Facility in Hume
  • 12% of an average landfill household bin are items that could have been recycled

Whatever you’re looking to dispose of search for it in our Recyclopaedia for options to help you reduce, reuse and recycle.

Furniture and bulky waste

Whether you’re clearing out the garage, shed or opening up your living areas, there’s probably some furniture you’d like to dispose of. Make sure you consider these options:

  • Items in a reusable condition can be dropped off for free at The Green Shed (conditions apply).
  • You can sell items on an online marketplace.
  • Book a free bulky waste collection. Canberrans are entitled to one free roadside bulky waste booking each year.
  • Disposing of an old mattress? Drop it off at Soft Landing in Hume. Fees apply.


Disposing of a spare TV, computer, printer, modem, phone or other electronic device? If working, these items can be used again. If not, electronics are full of recyclable materials. Take a look at these options:

If working:

If broken or damaged:

Clothing, blankets and fabrics

If you’re cleaning out the wardrobe, consider donating, selling, swapping and reusing before disposing of garments and clothes.

  • Sell items on an online marketplace.
  • Donate to businesses or charities such as the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Another Chance, GIVIT or Koomarri Cut Cloth.
  • Drop it off for free at The Green Shed.

Hazardous waste – Cleaning products, oils paint and batteries

It’s important not to place hazardous waste in your kerbside wheelie bins or put them down the drain as they are harmful to the environment.

Hazardous waste, including cleaning products, paints, pesticides, batteries, poisons, pool chemicals, gas bottles and oil, can be dropped off for free at a Resource Management Centre.

View a list of accepted hazardous waste.

Paper, cardboard, glass bottles, aluminium and steel cans

The ACT has five recycling drop-off centres where you can recycle excess empty household containers and packaging for free. The centres are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Find your nearest centre here.

You can also drop off eligible bottles, cans and cartons to earn 10 cents per item with the Container Deposit Scheme. There’s 19 return points across the ACT.

To see more information recycling tips and resources, visit the Recyclopaedia.

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