Waste Management Centre


Location and Operating Hours

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday and Sunday 8:30am – 3:00pm

Open seven days a week excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Contact Details

Please direct any enquiries to Phone: 02 6332 9111 or Email: council@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

Conditions of Entry to Bathurst Waste Management Centre
  • Staff are unable to provide assistance with unloading.

  • Respect must be shown to staff, contractors, and other customers. Abusive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated.

  • Enclosed shoes MUST be worn onsite.

  • Children and animals are to remain in vehicles at all times.

What can I take to the Waste Management Centre?

Council is not permitted to accept Liquid Waste, Medical Waste or Hazardous Wastes at Bathurst Waste Management Centre(WMC).It is an offence to transport prohibited wastes to WMC.

What can I recycle at the Waste Management Centre:

  • Bulk metal (charges apply)

  • Textiles (charges apply)

  • Co-mingled household recyclables

  • Paper

  • Cardboard (flat and carton)

  • Aluminium cans

  • Steel cans

  • Aerosol cans

  • All hard plastic containers

  • Glass bottles (all colours)

  • Milk and Juice paperboard containers

  • E-waste, any items powered by electricity or battery (charges apply)

  • Waste engine and gear oil

  • Waste oil containers

  • Lead acid batteries

  • Household batteries

  • Mobile phones

  • Florescent tubes/Bulbs/ Globes

  • DrumMuster - Empty chemical containers (conditions apply)

  • Green waste (charges apply)

  • Paint up to 20L (wet - oil and water based)

  • Cooking Oil up to 20L

  • Smoke Detectors

  • Gas Bottles/Cylinders

  • Fire Extinguishers

Please note: It is essential that these wastes are transported safely.

What can I take to the Waste Management Centre to dispose of:

General Household waste that can not be recycled such as non recyclable items (e.g. plastic wrap and sheeting, foam)

  • Plastic bags

  • Nappies

  • Food scraps (although these can be composted)

  • Food-soiled paper and pizza boxes

  • Broken crockery, mirrors or window glass

  • Dry mixed waste

  • Furniture

  • Treated timber

  • Mixed building materials


E-waste materials can be dropped off at the Waste Management Centre. Charges apply. Computers and accessories (known as E-waste) is a growing problem in Australia. Computers contain a variety of different components and many of which are toxic and can cause environmental damage if sent to landfill. They also contain valuable resources such as gold. By dropping them off at a local recycling facility you can ensure these resources are being recovered and not causing environmental damage.

Clothing and Textiles

Clothing and textiles can be recycled through the special drop-off point at the Bathurst Waste Management Centre (charges apply). The following items are acceptable:

  • Shirts T-Shirts

  • Pants

  • Tops

  • Dresses

  • Skirts

  • Shoes

  • Ties

  • Towels

  • Sheets

The following items are not accepted:

  • Doona's & Blankets

  • Socks Swimmers

  • Bags

  • Underwear

  • Mattress

  • Protectors

  • Pillows Oil

  • Paint Stained

Items such as: Toys, Hats, Good quality clothing and textiles can also be donated to local charity shops.

Other textiles including soiled clothing can be placed into your red lidded waste bin



Community Recycling Centres

Community Recycling Centre

Located at the Waste Management Centre, College Road, Bathurst.

The Bathurst Community Recycling Centre offers a FREE and easy solution for the disposal of household problem waste such as paints, gas bottles, motor oils, batteries, smoke detectors and fluorescent globes and tubes. Many of these materials can be reused and recycled if processed correctly.

For further information on the Community Recycling Centre at the Waste Management Centre, please click here...(PDF, 798KB)

The Junktion Reuse and Recovery Centre

You can drop off many items at no cost, for re-sale in the community shop. The Junktion is located off College Road just before you get to the Waste Management Centre. 

Please phone (02) 6331 4654 for more information and opening hours.


Asbestos and Waste Requiring Burial

Asbestos is required to be wetted and double wrapped in plastic and 48hr notice is required before burial.

Please note that immediate burials will only occur by prior arrangement, please phone the Waste Management Centre on(02) 6332 9111 to make arrangements.



Over 90% of the materials used in a mobile are recyclable, avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting our environment and conserving scarce natural resources. 

While mobile phones cannot be recycled through the yellow lidded bin, phones along with all batteries, chargers and other associated components can be returned to the following facilities to be recycled:

  • Bathurst Regional Council Civic Centre
  • Bathurst Regional Council Waste Management Centre
  • MobileMuster participants. 
  • More information on the MobileMuster program, and its recycling rates, have been provided below. 
MobileMuster is the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry in Australia. It is the only whole of industry and self funded electronic waste recycling program in the world, providing free collection and recycling services to consumers, retailers, businesses, schools and local councils. Bathurst Regional Council participates in the MobileMuster program and has collection boxes at both the cashiers counter of the Council Civic and at the Waste Management Centre. 
All old mobile phones, batteries and accessories can all be recycled for FREE, at any time through the Bathurst Regional Council collection points at.

Did you know?
  • Australians upgrade or exchange their mobile phones every 18 to 24 months.
  • 80% of people choose to keep their old mobile phones, less than 2% throw them out and the number of people recycling mobile phones is increasing and currently stands at 12%.
  • There is an estimated 25.5 million old and unwanted mobiles in households across Australia
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What happens to the mobile phones after I drop them off?

All mobiles collected will be sent to the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association's official recycler in Melbourne where they are dismantled, sorted and separated into circuit boards, batteries, handsets and accessories.  These are then processed either locally or overseas for resource recovery. All recycling of mobile phone components is to the highest environmental standard.

2. How many phones have been collected?

Since the program started over 1,168 tonnes of mobile phone components have been collected and recycled. This includes 9.95 million handsets and batteries plus more than 580,000 kg of accessories as at 30 June 2015. Since the program started over 1, 168 tonnes of mobile phone components have been collected and recycled. This includes 9.95 million handsets and batteries plus more than 580,000 kg of accessories as at 30 June 2015.

3. Why is it important to recycle mobile phones?

On average, most people buy a new phone every 2 years, with most of material able to be recovered and recycled into new products such as stainless, steel, batteries and jewellery. Mobile phones are not biodegradable and contain small amounts of potentially harmful substances which if not managed properly can harm the environment. 

4. Are the mobiles collected ever refurbished to be re-sold?

No, never. It's our promise that every phone we collect will be kept out of landfill and recycled. We don't repair phones for reuse or resale.

5. What if I have data left on my old phone?

We encourage you to remove all personal information from your mobile and SIM card before you recycle them. As all mobiles are dismantled and processed, any data left on the phone or SIM card will be destroyed.

For more information about the Mobile Muster program, visit www.mobilemuster.com.au


Many people rely on using needles and syringes to treat health related conditions. There are a number of locations in Bathurst where these needles and syringes, otherwise known as sharps can be disposed of safely. 

Please do not dispose of sharps in your recycling or waste bins. Syringe needles, and other medical sharps that are disposed of in recycling and garbage bins pose a risk to Council staff at the Waste Management Centre and staff at recycling facilities. 

Sharps should always be:
  • Placed in an appropriate sharps disposal container
  • Kept out of reach of children
  • Disposed of at a sharps collection facility or disposal bin
Sharps should never be:
  • Placed in your household waste or recycling bins or a public garbage bin
  • Flushed down toilets or drains
  • Left on the ground
Please visit  Waste and Recycling Locations for more information about sharps collection facilities located in Bathurst.