Where does your waste go?

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While your household rubbish is probably “out of sight, out of mind”, have you ever wondered where it ends up? The outline below explains where your waste goes and what happens to it.

And the good news is that no waste produced by MidCoast residents is transported outside the region for disposal to landfill.

Kerbside domestic waste: your red lidded bin

The waste that you place in your red lidded bin is collected by our contractor, JR Richards & Sons, who delivers it to one of our licenced landfills - either Bucketts Way Landfill (Tinonee), or Gloucester Landfill.

We have all the necessary contract management, quality assurance and audit systems in place to ensure that 100% of this waste is disposed of at the two designated licenced landfills in our region.

Only general household waste should be placed in your red bin… things like food waste, nappies, plastic wrappers and bags, and ceramics or crockery.

Recycling waste: your yellow lidded Bin

Recycling is easy, it helps us reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, and has great environmental benefits. Cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, glass bottles and jars, rigid plastic containers, aluminium cans and empty aerosols are suitable for your yellow bin.

The waste from your yellow recycling bin is also collected by our contractor, JR Richards & Sons. They deliver it to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at Tuncurry Waste Management Centre. Here the material is separated and sold as recycling product to the following companies:

  • Steel & Aluminium – Onesteel and Sims Metal
  • Plastics – Australian Recycled Plastics & Impact Recycling
  • Paper & Cardboard – Orora & Visy Recycling
  • Glass – processed locally into 5 grades for commercial applications such as pool filter medium, termite barrier, sand blasting and binding agent.

Recyclable waste from the Tuncurry Transfer Station and our other waste facilities also comes to our MRF for processing.

Did you know… around 10% of items placed in yellow bins for recycling aren’t recyclable? Things like crockery and plastic bags must be identified through the sorting processs, removed and transported to our Bucketts Way landfill for disposal.

Want to learn more? You can view the sorting process by taking a tour of our recycling facility. Contact us to arrange a tour by emailing education@jrrichards.com.au or by phoning our Education Officer, Megan Griffiths on 6539 7073.

Green waste: your green lidded bin

Residents in our urban and rural-residential areas will also have a green bin for organic waste. This service helps divert garden waste from around the home away from landfill, which reduces the production of methane, a greenhouse gas. 

Our contractor JR Richards & Sons collects your green waste bin, and delivers it to one of our licenced waste facilities: Bucketts Way in Tinonee, Gloucester Landfill, Stroud Landfill, Tea Gardens Transfer Station, Bulahdelah Transfer Station or Tuncurry Transfer Station.

All green waste is mulched and either used as EPA-approved cover material on the capped landfills, windrowed and composted for residents to use, or further processed via the MAF (Material Aerated Facility) into a soil conditioner and sold to residents for reuse.

More on MidCoast waste:

  • No waste produced by MidCoast Council is transported outside the region for disposal to landfill.
  • MidCoast Council currently pays over $4million per annum in waste levy to the NSW EPA for waste disposal in our region.
  • Our landfills are licenced facilities and all waste is weighed in and out and is fully reconciled.
  • Stockpiles of material at all our landfill and transfer station sites are stored within their licence conditions. In particular, all stockpiles are processed and reused within the 12 month EPA stockpiling regulation.
  • This means the issue of stockpiling large amounts of material that doesn’t have an end use is not part of our waste management practices.

Every year we recycle:

  • 1,837 tonnes of paper
  • 265 tonnes of mixed plastic
  • 59 tonnes of aluminium
  • 129 tonnes of steel
  • 2,729 tonnes of glass fines

What can you do?

Reduce, re-use, recycle.

Our aim across the region is to minimise the impact of waste on our environment and divert waste from landfill.

You can help, every day. By reducing the waste that we produce in the first place, even thinking about waste at the time we make a purchase, we can all help minimise the issue of waste disposal across the MidCoast region.

Find more information and your closest MidCoast Council waste facility here.

Find out what waste items are suitable, or not, for each of your coloured bins here or for a useful A-Z guide of how to dispose of different types of waste, visit the 'What Goes Where?' resource on the Midcoast Waste Services website.