Resource Recovery

Council consider resource recovery an essential part of managing its landfill sites, helping to ensure the longevity of these valuable community assets.

By retrieving any materials that can be reused, recycled or reprocessed, we can help minimise the amount of rubbish being buried in landfill.

Resource  Price incl. GST (2022/2023 Financial Year) Availability 
Compost (blend of fines and mixed organic composted material) $35.00/m3  Please check availability of product by calling 6761 2060, BEFORE attending site to avoid any disappointment, as our products often sell out quickly.



Greenwaste Separation for weeds and Invasive Species

The Tamworth Waste Management Facility on Forest Road has introduced greenwaste separation to their process to comply with NSW EPA organic diversion requirements and to better manage weeds and invasive species in the Tamworth region.

Separating your greenwaste will allow our staff to manage any weeds or invasive species that come onsite to be processed.  This will result in the production of a higher quality mulch that will meet Australian Standards.

Weeds and Invasive Species

Weeds and invasive species are plants that can have a negative effect on their environment.  They can go unnoticed in urban and peri-urban areas, often resulting in desirable plants being overruled due to competition for moisture, sunlight and space.

How to separate your greenwaste for the tip

There are three (3) categories to sort greenwaste into:

  • Grass clippings and weeds/invasive species plants
  • Tree and shrub clippings
  • Large stumps

There are separate drop-off bays for each of the greenwaste categories.

A handy tip is to assess your load before disposal.  Separate your greenwaste into the appropriate categories and stack your load accordingly for easy disposal.

What to look for at the tip

The following signs for the three (3) categories are on display at the tip:

Grass Clippings and Weeds sign Large Stumps sign Tree and Shrub Clippings sign

What happens to your greenwaste?

Greenwaste taken to landfill is processed into mulch through the following process:

  • Staff manually sort through the greenwaste to remove any weeds or invasive species.
  • Greenwaste is loaded into a shredding machine where it is ground up into smaller pieces.
  • The shredded greenwaste is pushed into windrows (long triangle shaped mounts).
  • Windrows are irrigated until they reach the right temperature.  The temperature is measured by the computerised mulch management system using a long probe to test moisture and temperature.  The water used is rainwater run off from the site that has been captured in onsite storage dams.
  • Windrows are turned three (3) to four (4) times when they reach the right temperature over a three (3) to four (4) month period depending on the season.  Turning the piles helps to increase the oxygen and improve the natural biological breakdown processes during processing.
  • Once the greenwaste has broken down to a certain level, the windrows are loaded into a trommel screen machine that sorts the broken down material into a fine and coarse product.
  • The fine product is ready for customers to purchase and the coarse product is mixed back in to new windrows to go through the breakdown process again.


Why do weeds need to be separated from greenwaste before it is taken to the Tamworth Waste Management Facility?

Weeds need to be separated from greenwaste for the following reasons:

  • to comply with NSW EPA organic diversion requirements
  • to manage weeds and invasive species more effectively when they are recieved onsite
  • to manage weeds and invasive species more effectively while they're processed
  • to allow for necessary operational changes to the processing and management of greenwaste onsite
  • to produce a better quality mulch product that meets the Australian Mulch Standard
  • to improve the management and recovery of contamination being received in greenwaste currenlty being experienced
  • to assist with education of weeds or invasive species Bio Security obligations in the Tamworth region.


Can residents still put weeds in their green lid bin?

Yes, residents can still put greenwaste into their green lid bin.  These changes only apply if you plan to self-haul greenwaste to the landfill.


What happens to the weeds or invasive species when they go to landfill?

Weeds and invasive are manually sorted from the three (3) categories (mostly from the grass clippings and weeds).

Weeds and invasive species like cacti varieties and prickly pear are taken out and put into landfill.  Some weeds and invasive species need to be treated differently to others to make sure they breakdown properly.  Oleander, and plants that are in contact with it, take longer to breakdown due to the acids in it.

Most weeds and invasive species are able to breakdown following the regular treatment process.


Do you get fined if you don't separate your weeds?

No, residents won't get fined if they don't separate their greenwaste.  Residents may be reminded by staff that there are changes at landfill and that they are required to separate their greenwaste into the following categories:

  • Grass clippings and weeds/invasive species plants
  • Tree and shrub clippings
  • Large stumps


Will someone be available to help identify weeds at the landfill?

Council staff in the greenwaste disposal area will not be able to assist with weed identification onsite.

It is suggested that residents assess their greenwaste prior to loading their vehicle or trailer and refer to Council's list of Weeds and Invasive Species (PDF 1.4MB) common to the Tamworth area.


I don't know how to identify a weed, how do I do this?

Council has identified some common Weeds and Invasive Species (PDF 1.4MB) that can be found in the Tamworth Regional Council area.

There are various resources available that can be used to identify weeds or invasive species.  A list of resources is listed below:

Community Recycling Centre

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

Residents can dispose of a number of household items including gas bottles, fire extinguishers, vehicle batteries, household dry cell batteries, fluorescent tubes or globes, E-Waste, Used motor oil, Paint, other oils, smoke detectors, x-rays, ink cartridges and mobile phones free of charge all year round at the Community Recycling Centre.

Click here to find out more 


You can also dispose of the following items which will be recycled or repurposed:


Tyres are not buried in the landfill. They are stockpiled on site until there are sufficient numbers to be collected and taken to a tyre processing facility. The steel belt is removed (which is recycled) and the rubber is shredded and recycled.

Items that are made from recycled tyres include playground soft fall and rubber absorption mats (eg. used at checkouts for operators to stand on).

Residents are only allowed to bring in for free, 2 clean tyres each visit to the landfill (with or without rims & car, motorcycle or 4WD). Business and commercial customers are subject to fees and charges for disposal.

Metal Waste

Metal is stockpiled on site until there is a sufficient stockpile to be collected and taken to a metal processing facility.

Metal can be turned back into beams, roofing iron etc. Metal waste can be recycled over and over again.

Fridges, freezers and air conditioners

Tamworth Regional Council residents can dispose of only 1 x item containing refrigerant gas (fridges, freezers or air conditioners) per visit to the waste management centres. The units do not need to be degassed prior to disposal. Charges apply for business and commercial operators disposing of these items.   


Clean Concrete is stock piled on site until there is enough material for processing. This material is turned into road base and drainage gravel.

Processed concrete that is turned into road base has been used in the construction of some roads by Council even the road to the Forest Road Small Vehicle Transfer Station.

General household recyclable items

Tamworth Regional Council encourages residents to recycle household items such as:

  • paper
  • flattened cardboard
  • empty plastic containers from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry with the recycling triangle 1 to 5
  • empty glass food and beverage jars
  • empty aerosol cans
  • empty tin cans
  • empty aluminium cans

However, these items must be deposited in the appropriate areas at Challenge Recycling, located on the left as you enter the landfill gate.


Tamworth Regional Council has teamed up with Mattress Recycle Australia to help keep mattresses out of our landfill.

When you bring your old mattress to the Tamworth tip you will be charged at the general waste rate.

We will then take your mattress and place it in a cage that is collected by Mattress Recycle Australia.

They then recycle your mattress and turn it into:

  • Steel
  • Mulch
  • Process engineered fuel

For more information on Mattress Recycle Australia visit

Preparing waste to recycle or repurpose

The fee for disposing clean and pre-sorted, recyclable household waste may be free or significantly cheaper than disposing unsorted waste. Domestic waste accepted under this arrangement is waste that would be able to fit into a red lid wheelie bin (in bags). It does not include bulky items (ie furniture) or items that have a charge applied to them.

The Forest Road Waste Management Centre in Tamworth can only recycle household recyclables at Challenge Recycling prior to entering the Waste Management Centre. There is however a number of items that are recycled on site at Forest Road Waste Management Centre that residents can pre-sort and save on disposal costs as listed below, such as metal waste, X- Ray film, clean brick and tile, clean concrete, household batteries, fluoro tubes, car batteries, gas bottles and 40L (free each visit) used motor oil (not hydraulic oils).

If you are a commercial client, you can also save money by sorting your waste as it is more expensive per tonne to bring in unsorted waste materials for disposal.