A to Z Guide of Waste & Recycling

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Aerosol cans: Put empty aerosol cans and spray cans in your yellow bin for recycling.

Aluminium foil and trays: If the aluminium foil is clean, scrunch it into a ball and place in your yellow bin for recycling. If dirty, place into your red bin for disposal to landfill.

Aluminium frames: Do not place these items in your household bins. Try Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle or see "scrap metal merchants" in the phone directory. Aluminium can be included in your bulky goods service to be recycled. Or you can take them to your local Waste Management Facility for recycling.

Aluminium drink/ food cans and tins: Put empty aluminium drinking cans, food cans / tins, pet food cans in your yellow bin for recycling. No need to wash them just make sure they are empty or a quick rinse.

Animal waste, faeces, droppings: Place all animal waste in your red bin. Remember biodegradable and compostable plastic dog poo bags are a more responsible purchase but they cannot go into your green or yellow bin. Plastic bags of any type are not suitable for our recycling or composting machinery and all are classified as contamination in your yellow and green bins.

Asbestos: Do not place asbestos in your household bins or out for bulky goods collection.  Asbestos is a hazardous substance that puts the community at risk. Special handling and disposal is required. See Building and Demolition Waste page for information.

 

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Baby wipes, makeup wipes: All types of wipes must go in your red bin. This includes all wipes marked biodegradable or compostable. Biodegradable and compostable wipes are a more responsible purchase but they cannot go into your green bin. Most wipes are lined with plastic polyethylene and therefore cannot be recycled or composted. There is no method available to differentiate between these different types of wipes during the recycling or composting processes and all a classified as contamination.

Bag ties: Put in your red bin.

Band aids: Put in your red bin.

Batteries: Do not place any type of battery in any household bin as they contain hazardous materials and cause fires, putting the community and environment at risk.  Drop off car and household batteries for free at your local CRC where the lead, acid and plastic are safely recovered and recycled. Batteries are not accepted at Bellingen Waste Transfer Facility.  Or drop household batteries off at any ALDI supermarkets for free recycling.

BBQ Chicken Bags: Put in your red bin.

Books & Magazines: If in good condition donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle etc.  Unusable books, magazines, old phone books etc can be recycled in your yellow bin after removing any metal bindings or plastic coatings.

Bottle tops: Metal lids and tops are recycled in your yellow bin. Plastic tops should be screwed onto the empty bottle before placing into yellow bin - then they don’t fall through the recycling machinery.

Bricks: Do not place these items in your household bins. See Building and Demolition Waste page for information.

Bubble wrap: Reuse or place in your red bin for disposal.

Buckets: Put broken plastic or metal buckets in the red bin.

Bullets and firearms: Please take bullets and firearms to your local Police Station for disposal.

Butter wrappers: Put in your red bin.

 

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Car Batteries: Do not place any type of battery in any household bin as they contain hazardous materials and cause fires, putting the community and environment at risk.  Batteries contain a range of toxic metals and require specialist recycling methods. Drop off FREE at your nearest Community Recycling Centre.

Car Parts: Do not put car parts in your household bins or bulky goods service. See ‘auto parts recyclers’ or "auto wreckers" in your phone directory or Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle etc.  Otherwise, you can dispose car parts to your local Waste Management Facility (fees apply).

Car Tyres: Do not place car tyres in household bins or in Councils bulky goods service. You can contact your local tyre retailer for disposal options. Otherwise, you can dispose of tyres to your local Waste Management Facility (fees apply). Bellengin Waste Management Facility does not accept tyres.

Cardboard, egg cartons, cereal boxes, toilet paper rolls: Clean cardboard can be placed in the yellow bin for recycling.  Soiled cardboard can go in your red bin. 

Carpet/ linoleum: If the carpet or lino is in good condition donate to charity or a community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle etc. If in poor condition dispose of it to landfill though your Council bulky goods services (up to 1.5m lengths) or take to your nearest waste management facility.

CDs / DVDs / Cassette Tapes: If unusable, place in your red bin for disposal to landfill.

Cellophane: Put in your red bin.

Ceramics, crockery, cups, plates and saucers: If in good condition donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle etc. If in poor condition and damaged place in your red bin for disposal to landfill.

Chip and biscuit wrappers (silver lined): Silver lined wrappers like chip and biscuit packets, chocolate and lolly wrappers also go in your red bin. These wrappers look similar to aluminium foil but most are lined with a thin plastic layer that cannot be recycled.

Cigarette butts: Put in your red bin

Cigarette packets: Put the cardboard in the yellow bin and the plastic wrap in the red bin.

Clothing, fabrics and shoes: Unusable clothes can be placed in your red bin for disposal to landfill. Bellingen Shire residents can also participate in the Clothing Collection Service (hyperlink the Clothing Collection Service). Reuse, donate to charity, sell or giveaway wearable clothes and shoes on Buy, Swap, Sell Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle.

Cockroach baits: Put in your red bin.

Coffee grounds: Put in your green bin.

Coffee pod: Please check for a symbol on the base of the coffee pod. If it is marked from 1-7 place it in the yellow bin. If no appropriate symbol please place it in the red bin.

Composting: What if you already have a compost? Home composting is a great way to reuse and recycle. However there may be things that don’t easily compost in your own compost bin such as sticks, meat bones and seafood shells. These can be disposed of in your green organics bin.

Concrete: Do not place these items in your household bins. See Building and Demolition Waste page for information.

Cooking oil: Do not put any oils or liquid waste into your household bins or in bulky waste service. Drop off FREE to be recycled atat your local CRC.

Corks: Put in your red bin.

Cotton Wool Buds: Put in your red bin.

 

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Deceased animals: All types of inedible dairy, including chesse, can be placed in the green bin. 

Deceased animals: Deceased pets cannot be placed in your household bins. If your pet has passed away, you can choose to bury your pet at home in your backyard, or contact a vet or a pet burial or cremation service. Raleigh Waste Management Facility accepts deceased animals. Contact Council for the disposal of dead animals from roadsides and public places. If the animal is on the highway contact Roads and Maritime www.rms.nsw.gov.au. 

Disposable / take away coffee cups: Disposable coffee cups can only be placed in red bins. This includes all cups marked biodegradable or compostable.  Biodegradable and compostable coffee cups are a more responsible purchase but they cannot go into your green or yellow bin. Most disposable coffee cups are lined with plastic polyethylene and therefore cannot be recycled or composted. There is no method available to differentiate between these different types of disposable coffee cups during the recycling or composting processes and all a classified as contamination.

Drinking Glasses: Drinking glasses cannot be recycled as it melts at different temperatures and causes contamination. If broken or in poor condition dispose of it to landfill by placing in your red bin or in Council bulky Goods services.  If in good condition donate to charity or a community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle etc.

Dust: Put dust from your vacuum cleaner in your red bin.

 

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Electrical Wiring: Do not place these items in your household bins. See Building and Demolition Waste page for information.

Electronic Waste:  Televisions, computers, DVD players, keyboards, laptops, monitors, printers, scanners, cameras, video players, etc. Please do not put electronic waste (Ewaste) in any of your bins or in your bulky goods service. Most forms of Ewaste contain hazardous materials that can cause fires, putting you, the community and the environment at risk. Ewaste is a large and increasing problem with millions of tonnes of these toxic materials going into Australian landfills each year.

If in good condition donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle. If in poor condition recycle it. Electronic waste requires specialist recycling methods that are provided by different organisations in the Coffs Coast area:
• Coffs Harbour CRC accepts all types of Ewaste, for free. 
• Raleigh Waste Management Facility and Dorrigo Waste Management Facility both accept all types of Ewaste, for free.
• Nambucca Waste Facility accepts the following (domestic/household quantities only):
   - Category A (no fees): computers, lap tops, servers, key boards, mice, joy sticks, web cams, routers, landlines       & mobile phones.
   - Category B (fees apply): monitors, Tv’s, DVD players, small appliances, printers, scanners
• Office Works, Coffs Harbour accepts computer systems, including desktops, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, scanners, multifunction printers, keyboards, computer power supplies, printed circuit boards, motherboards, network cards, disks and CD drives, for free, through the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. (They also accept printer cartridges and mobile phones through the MobileMuster program). They DO NOT accept televisions, gaming consoles and electronic games, software, digital cameras, electronic equipment, videos and hi-fi equipment.

• Harvey Norman Coffs Harbour accepts computers and accessories, televisions and printer cartridges, for free, through the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

• See Mobile phone link for further information.

Excess green waste: Too much green waste to fit in your green bin? Take the excess to your local Waste Management Facility for composting, fees may apply. Note that Coffs Harbour residents can use the two green waste vouchers they receive each financial year with their rates notice.

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Fire Extenguishers: Do not put any type of gas bottle or gas cylinder in your household bins. Drop off fire extinguishers for recycling, for free, at your local CRC.

Foam, boxes, cups, meat trays: Put in your red bin.

Foods scraps: Place all food scraps in your green bin. Including fruit and vegetable scraps, bones, seafood, shells, coffee grinds, tea bags, tea leaves, egg shells, bread, pasta, cereal and dairy products. Note: do not put food scraps for the green bin in plastic bags (including biodegradable and compostable plastic bags). These bags are a more responsible purchase but they cannot go into your green bin as they are not suitable for the composting machinery and all are classified as contamination in your green bin.

Fridges, freezers, air-conditioners: Recycle through your bulky household waste service or drop it off at your local Waste Management Facility, for free. Note that Woolgoolga and Bellingen waste Management Facilities cannot accept these items.  If in good condition donate Fridges, freezers, air-conditioners to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle etc.

Furniture: lounges, dining tables, chairs, bedframes etc: Donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle etc.  If in poor condition and broken, dispose to landfill through Council's Bulky Goods services.

 

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Gas Bottles and Cylinders: Do not put any type of gas bottle or gas cylinder in your household bins or Council bulky waste service. These are hazardous items and put the community at risk. Drop them off your local CRC, for recycling, for free. The remaining gas is safely captured for reuse. Undamaged bottles are retested, restamped and entered into the hire industry. Damaged bottles are punctured and recycled as scrap metal.

Glass bottles, beer and wine bottles and jars: Place it in your yellow bin for recycling. Note: all other glass like glass pot lids, mirrors and windows go in you red bin.  No need to wash them just make sure they are empty or a quick rinse. Also see www.returnandearn.org.au for details about the types of containers that are eligible for a 10c refund at approved collection points. 

Greeting cards: Place in your yellow bin for recycling.

 

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Hot water systems: Try Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle or see "scrap metal merchants" in the phone directory. Hot water systems can be included in your bulky goods service to be recycled. Or you can take them to your local Waste Management Facility for recycling.

 

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Icecream cardboard container: Please check for a symbol on the base of the meat tray. If it is marked from 1-7 place it in the yellow bin. If no appropriate symbol please place it in the red bin.

Medicine, tablets: Return expired and unwanted medicine 

Ink cartridges: Please do not put printer consumables in any bin. All printer consumables, including inkjet and toner cartridges, toner bottles, fuser and drum units are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and toner and require specialist recycling methods. Instead of adding to the growing problem of electronic waste, you can drop them off for recycling through Planet Ark Program at Council offices, Australia Post, Good Guys, Officeworks and Harvey Norman.

Ironing boards: Recycle through your bulky household waste service.

 

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Juice cartons & poppers: Empty tetra paks like milk and juice cartons can be put in your yellow bin for recycling – even if there is a plastic nozzle. However, please placed straws in the red bin.  Also see www.returnandearn.org.au for details about the types of containers that are eligible for a 10c refund at approved collection points. 

Junk mail: Place it in your yellow bin for recycling.

 

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Kitty litter: Put in your red bin.

 

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Large exercise and sporting items: bikes, treadmill, gym equipment etc: Dispose to landfill through Council's bulky goods service. If in good condition donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle etc.

Light Globes and Fluoro Tubes: Drop them off your local CRC FREE to be recycled.  Light globes contain hazardous mercury and mercury emissions and put the community and the environment at risk.

Liquids and chemicals: Do not put any liquids into your household bins or in Council's bulky waste service. Drop off waste liquids (including chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and oils) to your local CRC, for free. Not accepted at Woolgoolga, Coramba, Lowanna, Bellingen or Dorrigo.

 

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Matchboxes: Put in your red bin

Mattresses: You can dispose of your old mattresses through your bulky household waste service (excluding Bellingen) or take it to your local Waste Management Facility (fees apply).

Meat:  All types of inedible meat, including the bones, can be placed in your green bin. Wrap it in newspaper and place it in the freezer until your bin day to prevent odours. 

Meat trays: Please check for a symbol on the base of the meat tray. If it is marked from 1-7 place it in the yellow bin. If no appropriate symbol please place it in the red bin.

Medicine, tablets: Return expired and unwanted medicine and tablets to any pharmacy, for free and safe disposal, through the Return Medicines Program (www.returnmed.com.au) or call 1300 650 835.

Metal cookware: All metal fry pans, saucepans, oven trays, baking trays, cake tins: Saucepans, pots and lids are classed as scrap metal (Pots or pans with a non-stick coating can't be recycled). Donate to charity or community group, sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle etc. If in poor condition and broken, recycle it through your bulky household waste service or drop it off at your local Waste Management Facility.

Mirror glass: Mirrored glass cannot be recycled, place in your red bin. 

Mobile phones: Do not place mobile phones in any bin as they contain hazardous materials and cause fires, putting the community and environment at risk.  If in good condition donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle. If in good condition donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle etc.

Motor Oil: Do not put any oils or liquid waste into your household bins or in bulky waste service. Drop off motor and household oils to recycle, for free, at your local CRC. Used oils are processed to become a lubricant or used for waste to energy.

 

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Nappies: All types of nappies must go in your red bin. This includes all nappies marked biodegradable or compostable. Biodegradable and compostable nappies are a more responsible purchase but they cannot go into your green bin or yellow bin.

Most nappies are lined with plastic polyethylene and therefore cannot be recycled or composted. There is no method available to differentiate between these different types of nappies during the recycling or composting processes and all a classified as contamination.

 

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Oil heaters: Do not put oil heaters in your household bins or bulky goods collection services as the oil is a hazardous material and out the community at risk. Dispose to landfill via your household bulky waste service or drop it off at your local Waste Management Facility for specialised recycling.

 

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Paint: Do not place paint and paint cans in your household bins or bulky goods collection. Drop off these items off at your local CRC for recycling, for free. Paints are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are recycled.

Paper, newspapers: Clean newspaper can be placed in the yellow bin for recycling.  Soiled newspapers can go in your green bin, as they are compostable. You can also use newspaper to wrap food waste before placing in the green bin.

Pens, pencils: Put in your red bin

Photos: Please place these in your yellow bin for recycling.

Picture frames: If in good condition donate to charity or a community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle etc. If broke or in poor condition put in your red bin.

Pizza boxes: Soiled cardboard including pizza boxes go in your red bin.

Placemats: Put in your red bin

Plant pots and plastic seedling containers: If they have a recycling number please placed them in your yellow bin. If not please place in the red bin. 

Plaster board: Do not place these items in your household bins. See Building and Demolition Waste page for information.

Plastic bags: All plastic bags must go in your red bin. This includes all bags marked biodegradable; or compostable or stamped with a recycle symbol 1-7.  Biodegradable and compostable plastic bags are a more responsible purchase but they cannot go into your green or yellow bin. Plastic bags of any type are not suitable for our recycling or composting machinery and all are classified as contamination in your yellow or green bin. Alternatively, you can take them to a REDcycle drop off point: http://www.redcycle.net.au/where-to-redcycle/

Plastic bottles and containers: Recycle empty plastic bottles and containers like drink bottles, milk bottles, detergent bottles, sauce bottles, ice cream and yoghurt containers, margarine tubs and plastic takeaway containers etc. labelled 1 – 7 in your yellow bin. Plastic tops should be screwed onto the empty bottle before placing into yellow bin - then they don’t fall through the recycling machinery. No need to wash them just make sure they are empty or a quick rinse. Also see www.returnandearn.org.au for details about the types of containers that are eligible for a 10c refund at approved collection points. 

Plastic Disposable Cutlery: Put in your red bin.

Plastic wrappers, cling / glad wrap: All wrappers and scrunchie plastics like cling wrap and sandwich bags go in your red bin. Alternatively, you can take them to a REDcycle drop off point: http://www.redcycle.net.au/where-to-redcycle/

Polystyrene: Drop off large pieces of clean polystyrene, for recycling, for free, at Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Bellingen or Raleigh Waste Facilities. Please place very small pieces or dirty polystyrene in the red bin for disposal to landfill.

Pyrex: If in good condition donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle etc. Pyrex is made from treated glass that cannot be recycled. If broken, place in your red bin for disposal to landfill. 

 

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Reading Glasses: The Lions Club Australia  (www.lionsclubs.org.au) collect reading/ eye glasses for their Recycle For Sight program which regrades and distributes 250,000 to 500,000 pairs each year to those in need in developing countries. Mail your glasses to LIONS Recycle for Sight Australia, PO Box 3021, Clontarf MDC, QLD 4019. Broken glasses can be placed in your red bin for disposal to landfill.

Rocks, Sand and Soil: Do not place rocks, sand or soil in your household bins or bulky goods service. Try to reuse elsewhere in your garden sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle etc. Otherwise, take to your nearest Waste Management Facility.

Rope: Put in your red bin

 

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Scrap metal, metal sheets and guttering: Do not place these items in your household bins. Try Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle or see "scrap metal merchants" in the phone directory. Metal sheets and guttering can be included in your bulky goods service to be recycled. Or you can take them to your Waste Management Facility for recycling.

Small household appliances: Small household appliances include toasters and kettles. Place it in your red bin. If in good condition donate to a charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle.

Small thin sticks, plants, leaves, weeds, flowers, grass clippings: Put in your green bin. Note: Strict temperature and air controls ensure that weed seeds and pathogens are destroyed during the composting process. 

Smoke Alarms: Do not place smoke alarms in your household bins. These items can contain hazardous materials. Drop off these items off at your local CRC for recycling, for free.

Soil: Small amounts of garden soil can be put in your green bin. 

String: Put in your red bin

Styrofoam: Put in your red bin

Syringes: Do not put syringes in any of your household bins. Sharps bins are located throughout the Coffs Coast area. Go to www.safesharps.org.au for locations; or your Waste Facility or contact your local Council for locations.

 

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Tablet, pill packets: Put in your red bin

Takeaway containers: Recycle plastic takeaway containers labelled 1 – 7 in your yellow bin.

Takeaway waxed cups, milkshake and soft drink cups: Put all waxed cardboard and paper like fruit trays, takeaway waxed soft drink cups and milkshake cups in your red bin.

Thick branches, stumps and logs: Do not put large or thick branches and logs (greater than 5cm in diameter or anything thicker than your arm) in your green bin. Large branches are not suitable for composting machinery and overweight bins will not be collected.  Take the large branches and logs to your local Waste Management Facility for composting, fees may apply. Note that Coffs Harbour residents can use the two green waste vouchers they receive each financial year with their rates notice. 

Tiles: Do not place tiles items in your household bins. If in good condition donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle. If in poor condition and broken, dispose to landfill through Council's Bulky Goods services or take to your nearest Waste Management Facility.

Timber: Small untreated and unpainted timber off-cuts can be placed in your green bin.  With larger timber lengths, try to sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook pages, Gumtree, Freecycle etc. If in poor condition dispose of it to landfill though your Council bulky goods services (up to 1.5m lengths) or take to your local Waste Management Facility.

Tissues, Paper towels: Soiled paper such as used tissues, used paper towel, newspapers and pizza boxes can go in your green bin, as they are compostable.

Toys: If in good condition donate to charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle etc. If in poor condition and broken, dispose to landfill through Council's bulky goods service.

 

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Umbrellas: Please place broken umbrellas in the red bin.

 

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Vinyl: Put in your red bin

 

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Washing baskets: Put in your red bin

Whitegoods: Large household appliances include microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, range hoods, cook tops, washing machines and dryers. Recycle through your bulky household waste service or drop it off at your local Waste Management Facility FREE.  If in good condition donate to a charity or community group; or sell or giveaway on Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle.

Windows: If in good condition try Buy, Swap, Sell on Facebook, Gumtree, Freecycle etc. Window glass cannot be recycled in your yellow bin as it melts at different temperatures and causes contamination. Dispose of it to landfill by placing it in your red bin or in Council bulky Goods services or take to your nearest Waste Management Facility.

 

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X-rays: Place unwanted x rays in an envelope and post to: Siltech Mechanical Services, ‘X-Ray Recycling‘, PO Box 463, Reservoir VIC 3073.

 

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