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  Availability  Price incl. GST
Fine Mulch  Available $24.00/m3
Coarse Mulch  Available  $18.00/m3
Roadbase R1 Class  Temporarily Unavailable $19.00/tonne
Decorative Gravel Temporarily Unavailable $28.00/tonne
Bedding Sand Available $18.00/tonne

 

 

Community Recycling Centre Logo

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

Residents can dispose of the following household items free of charge all year round at the Community Recycling Centre:

Gas Bottles and Fire Extinguishers

As part of the Community Recycling Centre for problem wastes, gas cylinders and 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. 

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. 

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. 

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

Tyres

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, 5 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. 

Timber

Timber is separated out and is reprocessed. Please check with Council staff about the type of timber you are disposing of.Timber Pallet stockpile at Forest Rd Landfill site

Treated and painted timber and pieces of chipboard are not to be included in the timber pile and are considered waste material.

Brick and tile

Clean brick and tile is stock piled on site until there is enough material for processing. This material is turned into decorative gravel and bedding sand.

Residents can purchase decorative gravel and bedding sand from the Forest Road Landfill.

To avoid disappointment, please contact Customer Service prior to attending to check availability and price on (02) 6767 5555.

Concrete

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.

Residents can purchase drainage gravel from the Forest Road Landfill.

To avoid disappointment, please contact Customer Service prior to attending to check availability and price on (02) 6767 5555.

Garden organic waste

Garden organics waste can be deposited at the green waste pad located near the small vehicle transfer station. Garden Organics stockpile at Forest Rd Landfill ready for mulching.

It is important that general rubbish, machinery, plastic bags or any other form of contamination is not put into these green waste piles.

Garden Organic waste is processed into mulch and compost and contamination may reduce the quality of these products.

Separating your garden organic waste from your rubbish can save you money when disposing of it at the landfill.

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.

Mattresses

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 www.mattressrecycle.com.au

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.