Waste Management Centre

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Location and Operating Hours

The  Waste Management Centre (WMC) has CCTV and licence plate recognition cameras recording all vehicles in and out.

The WMC is located at the end of College Rd, South Bathurst.

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
  • Please make other arrangements if you are unwell or have any cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Staff are unable to provide assistance with unloading.
  • Contactless payment methods are preferred.
  • There are no amenities available.
  • Respect must be shown to staff, contractors, and other customers.
  • Abusive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated.

What can I take to the Waste Management Centre?

What can I recycle at the Waste Management Centre:
  • Bulk metal (charges apply)
  • Textiles (charges apply from 1 July 2022)
  • 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.

Operation - Waste Transport and Disposal

Please note the conditions for the transport and disposal of waste to the Centre, are posted at the entrance of the facility and detailed on a separate leaflet available from the Centre. Failure to comply with these conditions can attract significant penalties. Please also be aware that all loads entering the Bathurst Waste Management Centre are subject to random inspections. The aim of these inspections is to verify that the loads are free of hazardous wastes.

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

Please note there are charges for the various items above. 

 

Community Recycling Centres

Community Recycling Centre

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

Some household waste might seem difficult to dispose of properly, as it should not end up in landfill.

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. Recycling helps our environment because it saves water, energy and natural resources.

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

The Junktion Reuse and Recovery Centre

Before you get to the Waste Management Centre, you might like to stop in at The Junktion. 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.

The types of items that can be recycled at The Junktion:

  • Fridges, washing machines, dryers, toasters, kettles, CD and DVD players.
  • Furniture such as lounges, chairs, BBQ's, and tables.
  • Building materials including quantities of good wood, tiles, and pavers, windows, carpet and other flooring, blinds, light fittings or bricks.
  • Leisure equipment such as bikes, gym equipment, pool pumps and filters, camping equipment, cricket bats, tennis rackets etc.
  • Cameras, video cameras and musical equipment.
  • Baby goods such as strollers, cots, baths and other furniture.
  • Medical aids such as walking sticks, walking frames and wheelchairs.

The Junktion is open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Sunday 9:30am to 3:30pm.   Public Holidays - Please phone (02) 6331 4654 for opening hours.

 

Methane

Landfill gas is one of the products that results from the disposal of waste containing organic matter into a landfill. To read about the Methane at the Waste Management Centre, please click here...(PDF, 2MB)

Mulch Availability

Mulch is available at the Waste Management Centre for residents in private vehicles.  This is free to residents, and Council workers can load your private vehicle or trailer Monday to Friday between the following times:

  • 8:00am to 9:30am
  • 10:00am to 1:00pm
  •  2:00pm to 3:30pm

On the weekends you can have your private vehicle or trailer loaded with mulch between the following times:

  • 9:00am to 10:00am
  •  10:30am to 12:30pm
  •  1:30pm to 2:30pm

This service is available for domestic use only, not commercial quantities.


Waste Requiring Burial

Waste requiring immediate burial (this may include asbestos, documents or certain poisons) at the Waste Management Centre may only occur at certain times, please see below for burial times. Please note that immediate burials will only occur by prior arrangement, please phone the Waste Management Centre on (02) 6332 9111 to make arrangements.

Monday to Friday between the following times:

  • 8:00am to 9:30am
  • 10:00am to 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm to 3:30pm

On the weekends between the following times:

  • 9:00am to 10:00am
  • 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • 1:30am to 2:30pm

 

Prohibited Waste

Council is not permitted to accept Liquid Wastes, Medical Wastes or Hazardous Wastes at the Bathurst Waste Management Centre. Note it is an offence to transport prohibited wastes to the Waste Management Centre.


Chemical Drums & Containers

Have you got any chemical drums you would like to get rid of?

If so, then ring and book with the Waste Management Centre on (02) 6338 2824 (booking is essential).  You can then deliver the drums to the Waste Management Centre on the last Thursday of every month.

ALL DRUMS MUST BE BOOKED IN ON THE NUMBER PROVIDED, DRUMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A BOOKING.

Before you deliver the drums to the Waste Management Centre please ensure the drums are:

  • Free of any visible chemical residue.
  • Triple rinsed with water.
  • Clean and dry.
  • Punctured if they are metal.
  • With all lids removed.
Also please note containers with dirt, rust and dye stains are accepted by DrumMUSTER.

Bathurst Regional Council is working with DrumMUSTER to help look after our local environment. DrumMUSTER is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers. DrumMUSTER provides a route to safely dispose of used chemical containers. For more information on what happens to your used chemical containers, download the What happens to drumMUSTER containers factsheet(PDF, 480KB) .

You can visit DrumMUSTER for further information.


Clothing & Textiles

Clothing and textiles can take a lot of effort and resources to create and sending them to landfill means losing valuable resources. If clothing is still in good condition consider donating to a local charity, swapping with friends or even selling online.

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   Toys  Hats


Good quality clothing and textiles can also be donated to local charity shops including:
 

Bathurst Community Op Shop - (02) 6332 1799
St Vincent De Paul - (02) 6331 4094
Red Cross Shop – (02) 6331 0157
HopeCare Bargain Centre – (02) 6332 2684
 

For more information on drop off locations view our Waste Recycling Locations.

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


E-Waste

E-waste materials can be dropped off at the Waste Management Centre.  Charges apply.

Limited electronic items can be recycled at the following stores. It is advised to phone ahead:

  • The Good Guys, Lot 4 Stockland Drive Bathurst. Phone:  (02) 6333 5999
  • Harvey Norman, cnr Ashworth Drive and Sydney Rd. Bathurst. Phone: (02) 6332 8800
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.

 

MobileMuster

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


Plastic Bags

Only 3% of the 3.9 billion plastic bags used annually in Australia are recycled. While plastics bags of any kind CAN NOT be recycled through the kerbside collection system, recycling facilities are available at local supermarkets and retail outlets.
Reusable shopping bags are an economical way to make an important contribution to the local environment by reducing the need to use single use plastic shopping bags.

Frequently Asked Questions:
What can I do to reduce my use of plastic bags?

  • If you only purchase 1 or 2 items ask yourself, do you need a bag at all?
  • You can take your own bags or buy reusable bags for your shopping. Some retailers also offer recycled cardboard boxes for customers to use.
  • When using reusable bags, place them back in the car as soon as you have finished with them so they will be handy for next time.
Where can I get a reusable bag for my shopping?

You can buy reusable bags at all leading supermarkets and many homewares stores as well – there is now so much choice in terms of colour and style you can make a real fashion statement by using your own reusable bags. Or better yet - make your own unique fashion statement by creating your own out of old material, unwanted clothing or other scraps.

What are the benefits of reusable bags?

  • Polypropylene 'Go Green' bags (available at most supermarkets) hold twice as many items as plastic bags.
  • Reusable bags are easy to carry as they have comfortable handles.
  • Polypropylene and other calico or cotton reusable bags will not burst under the weight of heavy shopping items such as tins or soft drinks.
  • The plastic bags you don't use don't have to be produced, recycled or disposed of. Every time you use a reusable bag, you help make the world safer for wildlife, and save resources for future generations.
What can I do with the plastic bags I already have at home?
  • You can reuse plastic bags you have accumulated at home as garbage bin liners, for clothing storage, for carrying wet things, for freezing food, or to pick up after pets.
  • Remember that plastic bags cannot be placed in your yellow lidded household recycling bin or your green lidded organics bin.
How many plastic bags are used in Australia?
Australians currently use around 3.9 billion plastic bags every year, the majority of these come from supermarkets. Combine the number of bags we use every year with the time it takes for them to break down and you have a major environmental problem.

What is the life span of a plastic bag?

A person's use of a plastic check-out bag can be counted in minutes - however long it takes to get from the shops to their homes. Plastic bags however, can take between 20 and 1000 years to break down in the environment.

What are plastic bags made from?

There are 2 types of plastic bags:

  1. High density polyethylene (HDPE) - light-weight, 'singlet' bags which are predominantly used in as check-out bags in supermarkets and for fresh produce, take-away food and other non-branded applications.
  2. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) - heavier, boutique style bags that are generally branded and used to carry higher value goods.
What do plastic bags cost?

It is estimated that plastic bags add an extra $850 million in costs annually to retailers in Australia. Although plastic bags may be 'free of charge' at many shops, this price is built into the product cost. In Australia, the annual average cost per household for plastic shopping bags is estimated at $10-15 per year.

What are the problems with plastic bags?

Plastic bags are a contaminant in the Council's kerbside recycling service. All recycling collected through the fortnightly service is taken to Orange to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where the first level of sorting is done by hand.

Workers at MRF are sorting through tonnes of material an hour and don't have time to open bags to find out what’s inside. Your plastic bags could be filled with recyclable material like glass or plastic bottles or aluminium cans. Or they could be full of contaminants like food scraps, plastic wrap or unwanted wine glasses. Even worse, they could be full of dirty or dangerous material like dirty nappies or medical equipment. Since its too dangerous and time consuming to open and sort the bags, they have to be removed from the recycling stream and thrown into the rubbish. That means valuable resources will not be reclaimed. Instead they will be wasted in landfill.

The next issue with plastic bags is that they interfere with the automatic sorting machines. Conveyor belts feed the recycling into rotating tunnels, onto spinning wheels and past magnets and eddy currents to separate the plastic, glass, paper, aluminium and steel cans. Plastic bags cannot be sorted from other materials by existing machinery. Instead, they get caught in the conveyor belts and jam spinning wheels and can bring the entire sorting station to a halt. The bags then need to be found and removed by hand - a time consuming process that reduces the overall efficiency of the MRF.

How do plastic bags affect wildlife?

The real impact of plastic bag litter is felt on wildlife both in the marine environment and in rural areas.Tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals and turtles are killed every year from plastic bag litter in the marine environment as they often mistake plastic bags for food such as jellyfish. On land, plastic bag litter can block drains and trap birds. They also kill livestock. One farmer near Mudgee NSW, carried out an autopsy on a dead calf and found 8 plastic bags in its stomach. The loss of this calf cost the farmer around $500.Plastic bags, once ingested, cannot be digested or passed by an animal so it stays in the gut. Plastic in an animal's gut can prevent food digestion and can lead to a very slow and painful death.As plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to break down, once an animal dies and decays after ingesting plastic, the plastic is then freed back into the environment to carry on killing other wildlife.

Plastic Bags as litter

Approximately 30 to 50 million plastic bags enter the environment as litter in Australia annually. Not all litter is deliberate. 47% of wind borne litter escaping from landfills is plastic - much of this is plastic bags. It has been estimated that it costs governments, businesses and community groups over $4 million per annum to clean up littered plastic shopping bags.

What is the Australian government doing to reduce plastic check-out bags?

The South Australian, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory governments have banned lightweight single-use plastic bags.  This means that retailers in those State/Territories cannot sell or give away this type of plastic bag.

By reducing plastic check-out bags isn't that just going to increase the sale of garbage bags as many people reuse their shopping bags as kitchen bin liners?

The South Australian government estimated that there are almost 400 million less plastic bags in SA every year as a result of their plastic bag ban, introduced in 2009.

What can I use for my garbage bin instead of reusing my plastic check-out bags?

Use old newspapers to line your garbage bin or wrap your rubbish in, or don't use a bin liner at all.

Use a compost, worm farm, or your green organics kerbside bin for your food and garden waste. This can reduce the amount of waste in your rubbish bin by up to 50%.

TIP - Whilst preparing food, have a few sheets of newspaper laid out on your bench top. Put your fruit or vegetable waste straight onto the laid out newspaper and wrap once finished. This can go straight into your compost. If you do not have a compost bin, place the wrapped vegetable waste in your garbage bin - it will then break down naturally in landfill.
Buy non-degradable garbage bags at the supermarket. Purchased bin liners are generally larger than shopping bags and thus require less frequent emptying. Their use will result in reduced plastic use overall, as a large single garbage bag carries more waste than a single use plastic check-out bag.

What about biodegradable plastic check-out bags?

The focus is on reducing the billions of plastic shopping bags used by Australians every year. We don't want Australians to substitute the habit of using billions of shopping bags with billions of biodegradable bags. Planet Ark believes the best current option is for people to use long-life reusable bags however in some instances you may need a disposable bag option. In this instance, a biodegradable bag is the best option.

Source: Planet Ark


Sharps

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.