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Top 5 items Sydney doesn’t know how to recycle

The most popular queries on our recycling guide, Garbage Guru

There’s no denying it. We just don’t know what to do with our old clothes. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 searches on our recycling guide Garbage Guru, revealing our biggest recycling quandaries. Drum roll, please.

The top 5 searched items are:

1. Ripped or torn clothing

Cut and chop and use it as rags. Old t-shirts and socks, torn towels and linens make good cleaning rags. Pick flannel or other cotton fibre clothing because it’s soft and absorbent and usually lint free. Use them to wash your windows, dust your bookshelves or clean your kitchen floor. No need to buy cleaning cloths.

Check with local charities if they’ll accept it. Some charities sell it on to companies that recycle it for industrial rags and textile byproducts.

Be mindful of how much clothing you buy. Charities and recycling companies no longer require as many donations as they once did.

2. Aluminium foil

It goes in your yellow-lidded bin.

Small pieces of foil get lost in the recycling process. Wait until you have a lot of foil to recycle, roll it up at least as big as a tennis ball and pop it in the bin.

You can recycle aluminium foil with grease, but the same goes for foil as it does for containers. No need to rinse, but make sure you’ve given it a wipe.

3. Wire coathangers

Charities will accept items in good condition. Put them in your local collection bin or give them over the counter. You could also post them up for free on online swap groups.

4. Kitchen pots and pans

Find your closest scrap metal dealer.

Every Wednesday, residents can have household items, as well as whitegoods and some garden organics, collected for free. Here’s what we can and can’t collect. The pots and pans would be classified as metal goods. Bookings essential.

If your pots and pans could be re-used by someone else, consider donating to a charity, or posting them online.

5. Electronic waste

Come to our e-waste drop-off day. We’ll make sure it’s processed locally. 95% of items are recycled.

Household batteries, mobiles and light bulbs can be recycled at the City’s customer service centres or libraries.

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