Drop off for free

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Some household items can be dropped off for free at any of our waste facilities so they don't end up in our landfill.

Recyclable items dropped off at the Caincross, Comboyne and Wauchope facilities are transferred to the Port Macquarie and Kew Domestic Waste Management Facilities, where we operate Community Recycling Centres with funding from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

Household problem waste such as paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, fluorescent globes and tubes, household and car batteries, smoke detectors and motor oils can be dropped off for free so that they don’t end up in landfill, and can be recycled into resources again.

Check here to see which items you can drop off for free. If you’re not sure where to dispose of an item, check our handy A-Z waste guide.

Service interruption - collection of problem waste
Our waste facilities currently have limited capacity to accept some chemical waste- including paint, solvents, aerosols, and oils - due to an interruption at our contractor's processing facility. Please keep these items stored at home until all operations resume.

Household items to drop off for free

Household items to drop off for free 

Our waste management facilities accept household quantities of the following: (up to 20kg or 20 litres): 

  • Bulk cardboard 
  • Glass bottles and aluminium cans 
  • Household oil and motor oil 
  • Fluorescent light globes and tubes 
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Empty gas bottles 
  • Paints and solvents 
  • Car and household batteries 
  • E-waste such as computers, TVs and DVD players (more detail below) 
  • Scrap metal such as bicycles, metal poles 
  • Whitegoods such as fridges, washing machines, dryers, microwaves, metal appliances 

E-waste to drop off for free

E-waste to drop off for free

Household quantities of the following items can be dropped off at our waste facilities for free: 

  • Televisions (unbroken screens) 
  • Computers (unbroken screens) 
  • Towers 
  • Computer accessories such as Keyboards, mouse, joysticks 
  • VCRs, DVD players, gaming consoles, HiFi equipment 
  • Faxes, printers and multi-functions 
  • Laptops, tablets 
  • Micro-stereos 
  • Portable speakers 
  • Hand-held game consoles  

E-Waste that isn’t free
The following items are not accepted under the e-waste program and will be charged the minimum mixed waste charge

  • Broken televisions/screens 
  • Products contaminated with hazardous materials or foreign objects
  • Power tools 
  • Appliances 
  • Universal power supplies

Recycling household batteries

It is important to keep your batteries separated and not put them in any bin. You can pick up a free reusable Battery Recycling Box from one of Council's Customer Service Counters or fill out our registration form and we will send you one.  Watch this video on how to put together your Battery Recycling Box.

Batteries from any household devices can be dropped off for free at a waste transfer station

  • AA, AAA, C, and D cell batteries
  • alkaline cell
  • lithium
  • 9-volt
  • Cr123 camera batteries
  • dry cell and zinc
  • Li-ion batteries (from laptops, cameras, cell phones and tools)
  • NiCd
  • NiMH
  • gel cell
  • most damaged, leaking or rusty batteries

Recycling clothing

We have partnered with Willing & Able, a not-for-profit foundation to recycle clothing and linen in good condition and save these valuable resources from ending up in our Landfill.

Willing & Able provide their service free to our community, through the Reusability program. Simply drop off for free, or request a free collection.

Make sure to check the guidelines and quality standards before organising your donations.

How to recycle your clothing

Drop off at a collection box

Clothing and linen in good condition can be dropped off at five collection boxes in our region. These collection points are located at each of our waste transfer stations in Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Comboyne, Kew and Cairncross.

Find the waste facility closest to you, and check opening hours before dropping off.

Drop off to Willing & Able

Willing & Able are able to take donations of good quality clothing, linen, or bric-a-brac at their Op Shop.

Location: 39 Jindalee Road, Port Macquarie.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am and 2:00pm.

Request a collection

You can request a clothing and bric-a-brac collection online, or through our WasteInfo app

A member of the Willing and Able Team will call you as soon as possible to confirm your collection day and time slot.

Please note that collection areas are generally limited to where our kerbside waste services are offered.  

This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority, Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy. 

Community sharps bins

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Community sharps such as needles, syringes and lancets (finger prickers) must be kept separate to other waste for safety reasons.

These can’t be placed in rubbish bins or with household waste. Instead, they can be discarded for free in community sharps disposal bins.

There are 10 community sharps bins in our region, find the locations listed below.

Port Macquarie
  • Watonga shops – corner of Watonga and Anderson streets
  • Council’s  Office – rear of building on Lord Street
  • Port Macquarie Waste Transfer Station – 70 Kingfisher Road
  • Community Health – 31 Morton Street
Wauchope
  • Corner of car park on Bransdon Street
  • Wauchope Waste Transfer Station – 31-33 Commerce Street
  • Wauchope Community Health Centre – 69 High Street (near entrance)
Laurieton


  • Corner of Bonser Lane and Laurie Street

Kew
  •  Kew Waste Transfer Station – 95 Herons Creek Road 

Pembrooke
  •  Cairncross Waste Management Facility - 351 Telegraph Point Road