Recycling services and programs

Council provides the community with a two component recycling service.

Parkes Shire Council strives to be a leader in waste management by providing the community with a two component recycling service.

The first is the Council operated kerbside recycling collection service. Every property in the Parkes Shire that has kerbside collection will be issued with a yellow recycling bin. Recyclables collected from your home are made into new products.

To check which day recycling is collected from your property go to the waste collection service page of our website

The second is Council's waste management facility which provides a drop off point for the deposit of recyclable items. Recyclables are transported to Orange, and then onto Sydney, for processing by Visy Australia. Mixed recyclables are segregated into various categories then sold to reprocessing companies. For details on the location and opening hours of the Parkes Waste Facility go to our Waste Facilities page for more information.

Your participation in the recycling service will save landfill space, maximise recovery of resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For tips on what can be recycled go to our Waste & Recycling Tips page.

For more information about Parkes Shire Council's recycling service, contact Council's Planning and Environment Department on 02 6861 2373.

Recycle Your Old Toothbrush

Parkes Shire Library provides a waste recycling program for your oral care products, including toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, packaging and floss containers. TerraCycle Colgate Oral Care Brigade shreds the items and melts them into hard plastic to be remoulded into useful new products. Residents can drop off their oral care products at Parkes Library during opening hours.

Container Deposit Scheme

Parkes Shire Council provides kerbside recycling services to the local community. To complement recycling services already being delivered by Council for the community, the NSW Government is delivering the largest litter reduction scheme ever introduced in NSW - the NSW container deposit scheme Return and Earn.

Return and Earn will commence from 1 December 2017 to help reduce drink container litter, which in 2014-15 totalled about 160 million drink containers in our environment, costing the people of NSW millions of dollars in clean-up fees.

Return and Earn is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reducing litter volume in NSW by 40% by 2020. Key features of Return and Earn are:

  • more than 500 collection points will be set up across the state, including in remote towns of more than 500 people and at 270 sites across the Greater Sydney Region
  • the network will include more than 800 reverse vending machines across NSW
  • the 10-cent refund will be provided as a voucher for in store redemption, electronic transfer, cash or may be donated to a community group.
  • eligible containers include most glass, cans, plastic and paperboard drink containers between 150 millilitres and three litres – those most often found in the litter stream.

For more information about the Container Deposit Scheme visit the NSW Government Website or download the Frequently Asked Questions below: