Sustainable living

Doorstep recycling trial picks up pace in lockdown

It’s contactless, free and you don’t have to leave home.

RecycleSmart bag

Sydneysiders no longer have to leave home to recycle old batteries, polystyrene and plastic bags.

More and more locals are turning to a home pickup service during lockdown, making the most of a free service to recycle tricky items.

Use of the RecycleSmart pilot program has increased by nearly 50% in the City of Sydney since stay at home orders were issued in June.

RecycleSmart driver collects bags from Sydney apartment building
RecycleSmart driver collects bags from Sydney apartment building

The service provides contactless pickup of items direct from your door or apartment building lobby.

City of Sydney residents can sign up free and have their items collected every month, on a day of their choice.

Items collected include wearable clothes, reusable toys, small electronics, soft plastics, batteries, polystyrene, mobile phones and light bulbs.

In a recent survey, over 90% of RecycleSmart users said the booking and collection process was easy and they would use the service again.

The RecycleSmart service is part of a trial to make it easier for people to recycle common household items that can’t go in kerbside bins.

With many other options for recycling tricky items closed during lockdown, now’s a great time to try the contactless RecycleSmart service.

Published 13 August 2021, updated 16 August 2021