Drop off for free


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

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

Community Recycling Centre

The Port Macquarie Domestic Waste Management Facility and Kew Domestic Waste Management Facility operate a Community Recycling Centre with funding provided by the NSW 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 at these two locations.