Community Recycling Centres

Community Recycling Centres are permanent drop-off centres for common household problem wastes that can’t be collected via council kerbside waste and recycling collection services. NSW householders can drop off problem wastes at these centres year round, free of charge.

To better protect our environment and the health of the community, the EPA is funding new and enhanced Community Recycling Centres across NSW. Local Councils including the Recycling Facilities at the  Tumbarumba Waste Transfer Station and the Tumut Waste & Recycling Centre.

Funding for the centres comes from the waste levy, as part oWaste Less, Recycle More.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I use these centres?

Most of the items accepted at Community Recycling Centres can be reused or recycled.

Sorting waste and taking it to a recycling centre:

  • helps improve recycling rates
  • saves water, energy and other valuable natural resources


What can I take to a Community Recycling Centre?

  • E-Waste 
  • Paint
  • Motor Oils
  • Household Batteries
  • Gas Bottles
  • Other Oils
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car Batteries
  • Fluoro Globes and Tubes

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What happens to waste items after they have been dropped off?

  • Paints are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are recycled.
  • Lead acid batteries are sent to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled.
  • Gas cylinders have remaining gas recovered, and steel sent for recycling. Many cylinders are retested and recycled into the hire market.
  • Fluorescent tubes and globes contain mercury. Recyclers crush the tubes to separate the phosphor powder from the glass. They feed the powder through receiving containers, where it is filtered to capture fugitive mercury emissions. The mercury is then separated by distillation and sold for a range of industrial uses. The remaining glass and metals are also recycled.
  • Gas bottles have residual gas captured for reuse. Undamaged bottles are retested, restamped and entered into the hire industry. Damaged bottles are punctured and recycled as scrap metal.
  • Used oils are processed to become a lubricant or used for waste to energy.


For more information visit the NSW EPA website