Environment & Waste


Have You Recycled Today

Did you know?

In 2013 residents of the Central Coast recycled approximately 38,940 tonnes of recyclables which:

  • Saved over 107,000 cubic metres of landfill;
  • Reduced the impact of global warming by preventing 19,553 tonnes of greenhouse gases. This is equivalent to permanently removing 4,696 vehicles from the roads;
  • Saved more than 648 thousand gigajoules of energy. This is enough energy to power 3,002 homes for one year; and
  • Saved 258 Olympic swimming pools of water. This is equivalent to the annual water usage of 6,895 people.    

Learn more about our Recycling History.

Recycling tips

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle, Recycle

Step 1: Refuse

  • Plastic bags - take your own shopping bags, baskets or use a cardboard box if at the fruit shop
  • Don't buy disposable or single-use items, instead buy durable reusable goods
  • Bottled water - always carry your own reusable water bottle and refill it with free tap water
  • Don't buy items in containers that cannot be recycled in your yellow bin.  Currently, long life juice and milk containers cannot be recycled here on the Coast. When buying such items make the packaging is glass, a plastic bottle or the fresh milk and juice waxed cardboard containers.

Step 2: Reduce

  • Buy products with minimal packaging
  • Buy in bulk at shops where you can bring your own containers
  • Choose concentrated or refillable forms of products like cleaning products
  • Buy quality not quantity. Good quality items may cost more initially but if they last longer they will probably end up being more economical
  • Repair items rather than throwing them away and buying again.

Step 3: Reuse

  • Think about buying second hand items rather than brand new ones, look into your local opportunity shop, second hand book shop, demolition yards or online options like freecycle, eBay, gumtree or the trading post
  • Why buy items like books and DVD’s when you can rent, borrow or loan such items? Check out your local library and rental shops
  • Relearn the art of repairing broken items. Get out the sewing needle, hammer and nails or glue
  • When something can no longer be used for one task, reuse it for something else. Styrofoam boxes make great stackable worm farms and empty glass jars can be used as storage containers for many things. 

Step 4: Upcycle

  • Upcycling is the reuse of unwanted items or goods and turning them into another product. Upcycling is environmentally sustainable and fun!
  • If you have a product or an item that is broken and you cannot easily repair it, why not try to create a new product out of it? A television dinner tray could become an ironing board with a few small changes, clothes can be redesigned, and jewellery made from corks or parts of books
  • Be inspired and see what others have upcycled at Upcycle That!  

Step 5: Recycle

  • Make sure you put all your recyclable items into the YELLOW recycling bin, not the red general waste bin. Did you know that on average 15% of the items in the household general waste bin (RED bin) are items that can be recycled and should have gone in the YELLOW recycling bin?
  • Check out items can be recycled in your yellow recycling bin at 1Coast or see below for the more unusual items
  • Gosford City Council was one of the first council's to introduce kerb-side recycling. Learn more about Recycling History.  

Want to know more about goods you can recycle? See our Recyclable Goods Fact Sheet.

Alternate ways to recycle

One persons junk is another's treasure. Take advantage of the ease of giving away over the net:

Freecycle Gosford



Anything and everything can be sold

Selling your unwanted items is a great way to reduce landfill, contribute to community reuse and upcycling and make some extra money.

What's On Central Coast for a list of car boot sales, markets and garage sales around your local area, or to list your garage sale for free.




Have you recycled today Central Coast?

Watch out for the new 1Coast campaign! For information regarding what can and cannot be recycled in the yellow recycling bin, please visit the 1Coast Website.

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