Recycling and Disposal

Wondering what goes where? 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.

Looking for information about the NSW Government's "Return and Earn" drink container litter reduction scheme? Learn more and find locations in our region here.

Click on the bars below for more information about recycling and waste disposal in the MidCoast.

National Sword

Recycle right across the MidCoast  

 A huge thanks to our residents who have embraced kerbside recycling, with 73% of homes regularly recycling through their yellow bin. This commitment helps to ensure that resources are kept in use, with the material being processed and recycled back into usable materials. Until recently, many of the items collected through kerbside recycling have been sorted and baled in local facilities and then on-sold to processors in China. This is particularly true of paper and cardboard and mixed plastics. Due to a policy shift known as the National Sword, these Chinese markets are no longer a viable option for local recycling.

The National Sword presents a great opportunity for Australian industry and all levels of government. The development of local capacity to reprocess our recycling is vital to the long-term viability of kerbside recycling and can stimulate local business and job creation.

Residents can help by:

Refusing over-packaged and single-use products
Reducing the amount consumed
Re-using products where possible
Recycling right - place only these items in your yellow bin: aluminium and steel cans, glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard, and non-scrunchable plastic containers.

Other ways you can help minimise the amount of waste going to landfill include:

  • Rinsing containers before placing in the yellow bin (hint - use the washing up water when you’ve done the dishes)
  • Do not put anything smaller than a business card in the recycling bin
  • Remember to keep your recycling loose... no plastic bags. This ensures the products can be sorted appropriately.

Community Recycling Centres

Community Recycling Centres are situated at Taree Waste Management Centre, Gloucester Waste Management Centre & Tuncurry Waste Management Centre.

You can now dispose of household quantities of paint, oil, gas bottles, batteries, smoke detectors, flouro globes and fire extinguishers, free of charge at our Community Recycling Centres. And better yet, our Community Recycling Centres are open seven days a week, from 7am-5pm, which is great for locals who aren’t able to get out to the landfill through the week. 

This is a fantastic initiative that provides residents with a free, safe and environmentally friendly way of disposing of problem waste and we encourage the community to take advantage of this service.

Asbestos Waste

For information relating to asbestos waste (including the application form), refer to our Fire and Building Safety webpage.


Batteries are the most common form of household hazardous waste.

97% of batteries end up in landfill. That is about 8,000 tonnes each year! We run a battery recycling program from the Taree Waste Management Centre

All batteries, including single use batteries CAN be recycled!

Please keep your batteries out of landfill and take them to one of our collection points listed below for recycling:

Where can I take my batteries?

You can recycle household batteries FREE of charge at any of our e-Waste stations:

  • Greater Taree City Council Administration Centre

  • Taree Library

  • Harrington Library 

  • Hallidays Point library 

  • Wingham library

  • Gloucester Landfill Facility

  • Or the Buckett’s Way Waste Management Centre

NOTE: Vehicle Batteries can be taken to the Taree Waste Mangement Centre for FREE


Many unwanted chemicals have accumulated in the community, in particular on rural properties.

The safe management of these surplus chemicals is a concern for all property owners or managers, including recent land purchasers who may have limited knowledge and information about the chemicals that remained present on their property after purchase.


'ChemClear' offers a service for the safe collection and disposal of unwanted farm and industry chemicals, this program will help reduce the accumulation of chemical waste products in the community.

For further information and to arrange a booking visit the ChemClear website.


Dispose of your empty unwanted chemical containers at Gloucester Waste Depot.

Council has a drumMUSTER collection compound open on Friday at the Gloucester Waste Management Centre. The compound and program allows for the collection of empty, cleaned, non-returnable crop production and on farm animal health chemical containers.

As part of the national drumMUSTER program the containers are reconditioned and refilled, or processed and recycled.

Chemical users are reminded that empty containers must have a drumMUSTER logo, be correctly cleaned (triple rinsed) and air dried, as they will be inspected as they are brought into the centre. Unclean or partly filled containers will not be accepted.

For more information visit the DrumMUSTER website or contact Council to make arrangements for the safe disposal of your chemical containers.

Clean Concrete Disposal

Commercial loads of clean concrete waste, including concrete slabs, concrete roof tiles, bricks and pavers, can be dropped off for recycling at our Taree, Stroud, Tuncurry and Gloucester Waste Management Centres.

Due to the high risk of asbestos contamination and to meet EPA acceptance standards, loads must be booked in at least 24 hours prior to drop-off, and will be inspected by facility staff prior to unloading. Suspect loads will be rejected and directed to landfill, attracting unsorted disposal fees.

Please complete the form below to book your load in, indicating your preferred location, date and time of drop-off. Check the hours of operation for our Waste Management Centres here before completing the form.

Please note: Mixed building waste is not accepted as concrete waste. It will be directed to landfill and attract unsorted disposal fees. This includes:

  • Concrete, bricks or roof tiles mixed with other demolition waste
  • Ceramics, including tiles and bathroom fixtures
  • Fibre cement or compressed cement materials
  • Plastic or soil
  • Asbestos containing materials (refer to conditions and requirements for Asbestos handling and disposal)
  • Bathroom and kitchen renovation waste material

Click here to view form.

Electronic Waste

The amount of electronic waste, also known as e-Waste, is growing at more than three times the rate of general waste.  e-Waste contains toxic materials that are hazardous, difficult to dispose of and can be very environmentally damaging.

We accept e-Waste items for FREE, on their own, at all MidCoast Council Waste Management Centres

*However please note, if e-waste items are mixed in with general waste, you will be charged for the load.

Products accepted include:

  • all televisions (CRTs & flat screens)

  • computer monitors

  • laptops 

  • towers (hard drives)

  • key boards

  • mice, joysticks

  • faxes, multi functions, printers

  • gaming consoles and accessories

  • VCR’s, DVD & CD players including burners

  • digital cameras, video cameras

  • ipods, ipads, tablets

  • micro stereos

Mobile Phones

Many of the materials used to make a phone can be reused, including nickel, gold, silver, cadmium and cobalt, as well as most plastics.

When we recycle and reuse these materials, we can help avoid greenhouse gases normally emitted from mining, refining and producing those materials. Recycling also helps keep potentially harmful substances out of landfill.


We are part of a nation wide MobileMuster program. MobileMuster is the mobile phone industry’s recycle/reuse program. Its mission is to: 

  • keep old mobile phones, batteries and accessories out of landfill by recycling them in a safe, secure and ethical way. 

  • recycle them to the highest environmental standards, and

  • maximize the percentage of materials recovered so they can be reused therefore substituting new raw materials

    No mobiles or accessories are sold for reuse.

    This free recycling service is a not for profit program.  It is owned and funded by the majority of mobile handset manufacturers and all network carriers. It aims to:

    Where can I take my phone?

    You can recycle your old mobile phones and accessories at Council. Drop off bins are available at:

  • Gloucester Customer Service Centre

  • Gloucester Landfill (Tip Shop)

  • Taree Customer Service Centre

  • Taree Library

  • Harrington Library 

  • Hallidays Point library 

  • Wingham library 

  • Old Bar Library

    Post them in using either a free recycling satchel available from Australia Post outlets or download a mailing label from

    Please remember to delete all personal information from your handset and remove the sim card before taking your phone to be recycled.

Sharps Disposal

Needles and syringes (community sharps) are sometimes discarded unsafely and you may find this injecting equipment in your local community. If you have found discarded needles and/or syringes please contact us.

Medical Sharps should never be put in with the garbage or recycling. Instead they must be put into special Community Sharps Disposal Bins. These bins are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit the website to find out where they are located.


We participate in the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program which collects and recycles used printer cartridges.

Why recycle cartridges?

Printer cartridges are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and toner. Throwing them into landfill is a waste of resources and contributes to the growing problem of electronic waste. By recycling your cartridges you are helping to reduce this waste.  

Some of the environmental benefits of recycling your cartridges include:

  • Diverting waste from landfill - Printer cartridges are a form of electronic waste, one of the fastest growing forms of waste. More than 3,330 kg of cartridges are diverted from landfill every day through the program.

  • Recovering resources - By collecting cartridges and sending them for reprocessing or recycling we are able to recover materials like plastics, metals and inks that can then be used to make new products;

  • Saving water and energy - Making most products from recycled materials uses less water and energy than making them from new materials.

  • Reducing greenhouse gases - An assessment in 2010 by Close the Loop showed that up to that date the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program had prevented approximately 16,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere.

    Where can I take my toner cartridges?

    You can recycle your toner cartridges as well as old mobile phones and household batteries FREE of charge the following Council e-Waste stations:

  • Greater Taree City Council Administration Centre

  • Gloucester Council Administration Centre

  • Gloucester Visitor Information Centre

  • Taree Library

  • Harrington Library 

  • Hallidays Point library 

  • Wingham library 

  • Old Bar Library

Or the Taree Waste Management Centre Transfer Station