Community Recycling Centre

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The Community Recycling Centre is located at 123A Forest Road at the Tamworth Waste Management Facility.

Residents can dispose of the following household items free of charge all year round at the Community Recycling Centre which is open during the normal Tamworth Waste Management Facility operational hours.

Local councils and other organisations operate these centres in partnership with the EPA and are provided as part of Waste Less, Recycle More.  CRCs are free for all NSW residents.  To locate other CRCs across NSW, visit NSW EPA Recycling Centres.

Gas Bottles

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, gas cylinders are collected to be sent for collection of residual material for reuse. Undamaged bottles are retested, restamped and entered into the hire industry. Damaged bottles are punctured and recycled as scrap metal.

Fire extinguishers

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, fire extinguishers are collected to be sent for collection of residual material and recycling of containers.

Batteries (Vehicle)

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, vehicle batteries are collected and stored separately on site. These are also collected for reprocessing and recycling by an approved contractor.

Dry Cell Batteries (Household)

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, dry cell batteries recycling (AA, AAA, C, D, 9v torch & cordless appliance batteries) are collected and stored separately.
There are also collect receptacles at all the Council branch offices  should you be visiting these locations. 

Fluorescent tubes or globes

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, residents can dispose of fluro light tubes or globes in the collection receptacle provided. This does not include the housing for the lights. Fluoro tubes and globes contain mercury. Recyclers crush the tubes to separate the phosphor powder from the glass. They feed the powder through receiving containers, where it is filtered to capture fugitive mercury emissions. The mercury is then separated by distillation and sold for a range of industrial uses. The metals are also recycled.

E-Waste

E-waste includes only the following type of items: TV’s, computer monitors/screens, computer towers, laptops, printers, keyboards, mouse, printers and their cords. E-waste

All items must be whole to be disposed of for FREE and if they are not, then they are considered general waste and may attract a disposal fee. 

Other E-waste items that are collected separately include:

Mobile Phones

Tamworth Regional Council proudly support MobileMuster, the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry in Australia. The program collects and recycles mobile phones, batteries and accessories to prevent them from ending up in landfill.

There are a number of official MobileMuster drop-off points in our region including all Council offices . For an up-to-date list of all drop-off points in the Tamworth area, visit the MobileMuster website.  Phones must be whole phones (not in pieces).

Printer and Toner Cartridges

Tamworth Regional Council proudly support Cartridges for Planet Ark.

Printer cartridges are made of a mix of plastics, metal, inks and toners which represent a significant investment in resources that are lost when they are disposed in landfill. Cartridges for Planet Ark collect and return printer cartridges for remanufacturing and recycling, keeping them out of landfill.

Residents can place printer cartridges or photocopier toner bottles in the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' bins.  Please do not place drum cylinders or other machine parts in these collection boxes as these items are not accepted as part of this program.

Businesses can register with Planet Ark to have their own collection box by registering here and finding out the details of how to return them to Planet Ark once the collection box is full.  This will save you having to take them to a collection facility.

There is a small collection bin at the CRC and there are a number of official Cartridges for Planet Ark drop-off points in our region including all Council offices and Australia Post Outlets. 

For more information, call the Cartridges Hotline on 1800 24 24 73 or visit the official Cartridges for Planet Ark website

Used motor oil

Residents can deposit 40L of used motor oil for free each time they visit the landfill. The used oil is collected then taken to a reprocessing facility to become a lubricant or used for waste to energy. 

Paint

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, both water and oil based paints are collected and stored separately. Once they have been collected from our site, they are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are recycled.

Other oils

Other oils that are collected separately at the Community Recycling Centre include cooking oil, hydraulic oil, transmission oils, automatic oil, gearbox oil and break fluids.  The used oil is collected then taken to a reprocessing facility to become a lubricant or used for waste to energy. Any oil received needs to be received in <20L container size.

Smoke detectors

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, smoke detectors are collected as ionisation smoke alarms contain very small amounts of radiation which while on their own don’t pose a problem but collection and disposal is preferred through the CRC.

X-Rays

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, x-ray films can be deposited in the collection bin which then are then collected and recycled to recover silver contained within them.

Ink cartridges

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, home printer cartridges are collected and sent back through to Plant Ark for recycling.  Commercial or business who wish to recycle their toner cartridges should work with the supplier of their toner cartridges or machines to recycle their toners as these are often quite bulky and unsuitable for this particular collection program.

Mobile phones

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, mobile phones are collected and recycled through the Mobile Muster Program.