Disposal of other household waste
Do you have unwanted items such as old mattresses, electronic equipment, chemicals or sharps?
Have a read of our Waste & Recycling Directory(PDF, 267KB) to find out how you can correctly dispose of materials for recycling that aren't suitable to be placed in your household bins.
Donate unwanted items
Give your unwanted items a new home!
Local charities generally accept quality homewares, furniture in good condition, books, CDs, bedding, towels and quality clothing. Always place your items in a donation bin or take them into the shop to guarantee that your goods will not get destroyed or damaged by weather or others.
The Cessnock Reuse and Upcycling Directory(PDF, 248KB) can help you decide where best to take various items.
Did you know that mattresses contain valuable materials such as steel, timber and foam which can be recycled?
Mattresses also take up a lot of space in our landfill, so Council runs three FREE mattress drop-off events each year. Mattress drop-off dates for 2021 are as follows:
- Saturday 4 September 2021 - POSTPONED until further notice, new dates will be advertised
- Saturday 30 October 2021 - POSTPONED until further notice, new dates will be advertised
The following conditions apply:
- Cessnock City Council residents only - proof required
- Four mattresses or bases accepted per household per year
- No pedestrian access - vehicles only
- Bulk or commercial quantities will not be accepted
If you're unable to make one of these sessions, mattresses can be disposed of at the Cessnock Waste Management Centre for a fee of $38.
Household Chemical CleanOut
The safest way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event. It's a FREE service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.
CleanOut events are held at locations throughout NSW. Check out the CleanOut website for a full list of accepted items and conditions of use.
The last Household Chemical CleanOut Day took place on 2 May 2021. The next event will be advertised here, in the events section and on Council's Facebook page.
The following conditions apply to Household Chemical CleanOut Days:
- You are required to stay in your vehicle at all times (due to COVID-19)
- Ensure that all waste is transported in boot of your car or in your ute tray
Electronic waste (or e-waste) can be taken to the Cessnock Waste Management Centre (free for domestic customers). Ask us how to get a discount voucher when you drop materials off at the Community Recycling Centre.
The following electronic equipment is accepted:
- TVs and DVDs
- computers, laptops, monitors and printers
- CD drives, hardrives and cables
Please note: Other electrical items are not accepted as electronic waste.
Disposal of sharps
Needles, syringes, lancets and other injection equipment should be disposed of correctly to minimise infection to others in the community. Sharps should never be disposed of in household waste and recycling bins or flushed down toilets or drains due to the high risk of injury to workers and community members.
You can dispose of sharps waste at a number of chemists and pharmacies in Cessnock (check our guide to safe disposal of community sharps).
24-hour drop-off facilities are also available at:
- Cessnock Hospital - Bin is located in the carpark off Forster Street entrance
- Kurri Kurri Hospital - Bin is located at the rear down the last driveway of Hospital Street
Other locations for safe sharps disposal are listed online at NSW Health.
Special medical sharps containers can be purchased from selected pharmacies.
DrumMUSTER provides a drop off point for eligible agricultural and veterinary chemical containers at the Cessnock Waste Management Centre. The service is available year round.
To dispose of eligible containers, please contact Council's Weeds Officers on (02) 4993 4167 to arrange a drop off time.
A number of these projects are supported by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.