E-Waste PLUS Drop Off Event at Castle Hill Showground

Do you have any e-waste or plastic materials you need to dispose of? The Hills Shire Council will have its free E-Waste Plus Event at the Castle Hill Showground on Saturday, 2 March 2024.

From 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, the event is open to Hills Shire residents as long as they can show proof of residence. According to the Hills Shire Council, Electronic items that are accepted for collection include:

  • All televisions (CRT, Rear projection, plasma, LCD, LED and OLED)
  • Computers and accessories (laptops, desktops, monitors, iPads, mice, hard drives, disc drives, keyboards, joysticks, webcams, gamepads, and any other items that plug into computers
  • All printers, copiers, scanners and plotters
  • Mobile phones
  • Small household appliances (vacuum cleaners, microwaves, kettles, coffee machines, irons, toasters and mixers)
  • Other items (VCR/DVD/CD players/recorders, Hi-Fi sets, radios, cameras, electrical tools, toys and power cords)

Electronic items that will not be accepted are items containing liquids (like oil heaters, paints and solvents, chemicals), items containing light globes/fluorescent tubes, large white goods (refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers), smoke detectors, general waste, and other recycling items.

For the acceptable Soft Plastic items, these include:

  • Supermarket and plastic bags
  • Green shopper bags
  • Biscuit packets (outer wrapper, not the tray)
  • Bread bags (without the tie)
  • Cereal box liners
  • Chocolate and snack bar wrappers
  • Cling wrap with no food residue
  • Confectionery bags
  • Fresh produce bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Pasta bags
  • Rice bags
  • Snaplock bags/zip lock bags
  • Pet food bags (dry pet food only)
  • Netting produce bags (with clips removed)
  • Newspaper and magazine wrap
  • Australia Post satchels
  • Courier and courier satchels (if all plastic)
  • Plastic film wrap from grocery items such as nappies and toilet paper
  • Larger sheets of plastic if clean and cut into A3 size pieces beforehand:
    • Furniture and appliances plastic wrapping
    • Bubble wrap
    • Potting mix and compost bags

 Soft Plastic items that will not be accepted are: 

  • Foil-lined and silver plastic packaging such as:
    • Chip packets
    • Coffee bags
  • Packaging that has had wet food, such as:
    • Ice cream wrappers
    • Squeeze pouches (yogurt, soup, pet food)
  • PVC such as:
    • Pool covers
    • Bed linen packaging
  • Hard plastics such as:
    • Biscuit packet trays
    • Fresh produce trays
    • Plastic bottles and drink containers
    • Plastic containers and cartons
  • Clear “plastic” carry bags for sheets and blankets.
  • Large bags or sheets of plastic greater than A3 size.

Acceptable Hard Plastic Items, which, according to the Council, must be 100% plastic and must not contain metal parts, batteries or electrical components, include: 

  • Laundry baskets
  • Reusable containers such as Tupperware, décor, Sistema, etc
  • Baby bottles, reusable drink bottles such as sports bottles, etc
  • Reusable plastic plates, cups, and picnicware (no cutlery or utensils)
  • Kids plastic toys
  • Plastic storage boxes
  • Stationary such as rulers 
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Plastic buckets and pails (including empty paint buckets)
  • Plastic chemical bottles such as chlorine buckets, fertiliser buckets, etc.
  • Kids plastic toys
  • Plastic pipes and conduit
  • Corflute signs
  • Milk crates
  • Bread crates

Meanwhile, Hard Plastic Items that are not okay for collection include: 1.) hard plastic items that do not fit these parameters or that cannot be comfortably handled by two people; 2.) and must be clean and free from contamination, such as food, soil, et cetera. 

Acceptable Polystyrene items must be:

  • White rigid Polystyrene from packaging from small and large appliances, white fruit and vegetable boxes and bean bags, 
  • Number 6
  • Must be clean, be free of sticky tape, strapping and shrink-wrapping

Polystyrene items that will not be accepted are:

  • Coloured, waxy or flexible foam
  • Packaging beans/beans from bean bags
  • Meat trays, takeaway food containers or coffee cups

Lastly, Textile items for collection include worn/damaged/unusable textiles and clothing, manchester, towels, and curtains. Those that will be not accepted are “stuffed items such as pillows, doonas, soft toys, et cetera, and any soiled textiles such as those covered in oil, paint or other chemicals. 

For more information about the collection event in March and other recycling options and collection centres, visit the Hills Shire Council’s website here: E-Waste Plus Event