Recycling in the Snowy Valleys

There are many ways to recycle, repurpose and reuse materials in the Snowy Valleys. By working together to decrease the amount of waste we send to landfill, we can generate financial and environmental benefits and create a resilient community. Find out more about our recycling and reuse programs below.


Community Recycling Centres

Recycling Facilities at the  Tumbarumba Waste Transfer Station and the Tumut Waste & Recycling Centre. are our Community Recycling Centres which act as permanent drop-off centres for common household problem wastes that can’t be collected via council kerbside waste and recycling collection services. Householders can drop off problem wastes at these centres year round, free of charge.

Funding for the centres comes from the EPA's waste levy, as part of Waste Less, Recycle More. For more information visit the NSW EPA website

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

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.


Green Waste

A kerbside green waste collection service is coming as part of the new Organics (FOGO) bin service being launched in July 2021.

In the meantime here are some ways to dispose of your green garden waste:

Off-site Green Waste Collection Depots

Backyard Burning

Backyard burning is not permitted in urban areas without prior approval from Council.  

Burning vegetation in your backyard, particularly garden waste (leaves, grass clippings, tree branches, etc.) pollutes the air and can cause considerable nuisance to neighbours.  Approvals are not issued lightly and will only be considered when all other avenues of disposal have been considered by the applicant.

Fire pits and fire buckets are exempt as they are a form of solid fuel heater, not an incinerator. However, they must be operated similar to a normal solid fuel heater, that is, for burning dry timber only.

Apply to Burn Vegetation  by submitting a permit application to Council. 

  • A Council officer will visit your premises, inspect the green waste and discuss disposal options
  • If a permit is issued, you must inform NSW Fire & Rescue and the Rural Fire Service, 24 hours prior to the burn occurring
  • You must comply with the permit conditions
  • Permit is valid for 30 days

Click here to go to our Forms page where you can access the Burn Vegetation Application Form.  Use the search bar on the page to easily find the form you are after.


Residents and small businesses can access a free service to drop off their old televisions, computers and computer components.  Drop off facilities have been established at the Tumut Waste & Recycling Centre and the Tumbarumba CRC

Products accepted free-of-charge

  • Plasma televisions
  • Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) televisions
  • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) televisions
  • Rear Projection televisions
Computer Equipment:
  • Portable processing machines – i.e laptops, notebooks & palmtops
  • Desktops/Central Processing Units (CPUs)
  • Computer monitors
  • Printers
  • Multi-function devices that print, copy, scan and/or fax
  • Cards, motherboards
  • Web cameras
  • Compact disk drives
  • Digital video disk drives
  • Hard drives
  • Floppy drives
  • Mouse and trackball
  • Scanners
  • Keyboards
  • Joysticks and gamepads
  • Electrical transformers designed to be housed in same cabinet as the CPU

Products that are not accepted as E-waste

  • Video recorders
  • DVD players
  • Radios
  • Game consoles
  • Appliances
  • Mobile phones
  • Power tools

For more information on this free service contact our Customer Service Team during business hours.1300 275 782 (1300 ASK SVC)

Agvet Chemical Containers

Snowy Valleys Council supports drumMUSTER the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers.

Adelong, Batlow, Khancoban, Tumbarumba and Tumut Waste Depots are accredited Drum Muster facilities and will accept empty, clean eligible Agvet chemical containers for collection, processing and recycling.  No appointment in necessary, just bring in your triple rinsed drums whenever the sites are open for business.

Learn more about drumMaster and how to triple clean your chemical containers ready for drop off at 

Motor Waste

Motor waste is classified as hazardous waste and should never be mixed with ordinary household rubbish or recycling.   

Used motor oil and car batteries can be dropped off free of charge at the  Adelong, Batlow, Khancoban,Talbingo, Tumbarumba  and Tumut Waste Depots

Tyres should be taken back to the dealer for recycling (charges may apply).

Silage Wrap

Recycling your farm silage wrap is a sustainable alternative to burying* the plastic on your land.

Council residents can recycle silage wrap for free at Transfer Stations in Adelong, Batlow, Khancoban, Talbingo, Tumbarumba and Tumut.

How to recycle your silage wrap

  • First ensure your silage wrap is clean, dry and free of contaminants
  • Gather silage wrap in bulka bags or loose
  • Ensure you remove all net wrapping and bale twine
  • Ensure bulka bags can be rolled off vehicles or trailers
  • Inappropriately packed or contaminated wrap may be refused

Silage wraps are made from Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE).  The collected plastic will be transported to a suitable facility and recycled into a range of products from stock crush paneling and flooring, to worm farms and compost bins.

Click here to download more information on recycling your farm sliage wrap.(PDF, 4MB)

*Please don't burn your silage wrap, not only is it illegal but is also releases harmful greenhouse gasses and pollutants into the air.