Recycling Near You - Recycling of organic/food waste

Organic Waste

A large amount of waste that goes to landfill is organic. This represents a wasted resource that fills limited landfill space. Organic matter in landfill breaks down and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas, whilst producing liquid waste known as leachate that can impact on the environment. (NSW EPA).

This is a directory listing. Please be aware that recyclers may currently be closed or operating shortened hours due to COVID-19. Please use the below information to contact the recycler directly and adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions in your area.

What is Organic waste

Organic Waste is anything that was or is living. It includes:

  • Garden waste: leaves, grass clippings, branches, hay, flowers, sawdust, woodchips and bark.
  • Food waste: fruit, vegetables, tea, bread, cereals, eggshells, grains, meat, dairy products.
  • Other: paper, animal hair, faeces, vacuum cleaner dust, hair, wool, wood ash.

Environmental Benefits

Composting or worm farming organic materials at home, or using council collection services can are:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfill
  • reduced leachate production in landfills

The use of compost in gardening, landscaping, horticulture and in agriculture can:

  • reduce the amount of watering required
  • reduce the amount of synthetic fertilisers needed
  • improve the structure, fertility and health of soils
  • help to repair soils suffering from poor management

Source: NSW EPA

More Information

Visit the resource centre (on RNY website) to learn more about home composting and wormfarming.