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Waste Disposal

Waste Disposal and Environmental Waste Management

Sydney Facility Service’s sustainable resource recovery management practice, based around proven technologies, help us respond to the major environmental challenges facing today’s market. In a world where natural resources are not infinite, achieving more sustainable development means using these resources more efficiently: Sydney Facility Service ensures less waste in the production cycle and more new resources in the form of materials and energy extracted from waste and end-of-life products.

Australian businesses use millions of tonnes of paper every year. Over 5.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard was used from 2006-2007, with 2.5 million tonnes of this recycled. Sydney Facility Service are committed to increasing the proportion of materials that are reused, recycled or recovered in the form of secondary materials from the waste volumes SFS handles.

Sydney Facility Service’s objective is encouraged by regulatory changes, such as waste levies, by heightened public awareness of environmental issues, and by the structural increase in natural resource and energy prices. Although recycling is an integral component of Sydney Facility Service’s waste management system, we realise that some waste cannot be transformed into a resource. This is why SFS continues to develop solutions for eliminating this non-recyclable residual part of waste, under conditions that respect the environment and are cost effective.

Computers are classed as electronic waste (e-waste). E-waste contains toxic and hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated fire retardants. Items containing these substances are damaging to the environment and must not be sent to landfill. Computers also often contain valuable metals such as gold and copper. If disposed of correctly, the recyclable components can be recovered for re-use and hazardous materials can be treated appropriately. Remember: Always remove your files from the computer before you dispose of it.

E-waste (electronic waste) is any item with a battery or a plug that is no longer used or working.

E-waste items may include:

  • TVs
  • DVD players
  • Mobile phones
  • Power tools
  • Toys
  • Videos
  • Computers
  • Keyboards
  • Printers

Sydney Facility Service is able to provide a full e-waste collection and computer recycling service that will collect and dispose of your e-waste ethically and responsibly. To book an e-waste collection please contact our Customer Service Centre on 1300 131 737.

Fluorescent Tubes, Lamps & Globes

Australians dispose of approximately 50 to 60 million fluorescent tubes and HID (high intensity discharge) lamps every year, resulting in large amounts of mercury being sent to our landfills. The safe collection and recycling of mercury-containing lamps is important in avoiding the serious impact of mercury entering Sydney’s Eco system. If these products are disposed of to landfill the mercury contained in one fluorescent tube can pollute 30,000 litres of water!

Sydney Facility Service uses

  • 4 and 5 foot fluorescent tubes collection boxes that hold up to 50 and 100 tubes respectively
  • Lamp and globe boxes
  • Stillage’s for larger commercial sites
  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps
  • Fluorescent U-Tubes
  • Linear Fluorescent Lamps
  • Mercury Vapour Lamps
  • Metal Halide Lamps
  • Sodium Vapour Lamps
  • UV Lamps
  • LED tubes

What happens to Sydney Facility Service’s used lighting?

Tubes and globes are disposed of at SITA collection and recycling services they are then crushed and the material is sorted into individual components for resource recovery:

  • Aluminium from the tube ends is separated and then reused in the manufacturing of new products
  • Glass is recycled into glass wool used for home insulation
  • Mercury is distilled from phosphor powder and mainly used in dental amalgam
  • Phosphor powder is used in fertiliser


To help keep our environment safe and mercury out landfills, Sydney Facility Service is proud to be a member of the national FluoroCycle scheme. Visit the FluoroCycle website to find out more information about this scheme.

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