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Waste and Recycling

Waste Services

Shoalhaven City Council Waste Services unit provides a number of waste and recycling facilities and services to the region which focuses on reducing domestic waste to landfill, increasing the recycling rate and improving resource recovery.

These services include

  • Weekly domestic mixed waste and fortnightly recycling kerbside collections;
  • Centralised landfill operations at West Nowra - a well engineered landfill inclusive of gas extraction and leachate management;
  • 9 x satellite transfer facilities for self-haul waste and recyclables disposal;
  • Buy Back centres (or "tip shops") at selected locations, for further resource recovery
  • "On- request" pick-up service for disposal of bulky or garden waste;
  • Issuance of vouchers for domestic waste disposal to landfill; and
  • Various recycling and community based waste minimisation programs including the Home Sustainability Program of workshops and hosting the annual EPA funded Chemical CleanOut for householders

Waste Facilities Review - Consultation Stage 1

In 2015, Council undertook an independent, external review of its various waste operations.

The review supports current operational levels at the West Nowra, Huskisson and Ulladulla recycling and waste facilities and advocates they continue to operate 7 days per week.

However, the review recommends Council assess its operations at the recycling and waste transfer facilities located at Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Callala, Sussex Inlet, Bendalong, Lake Conjola and Kioloa.

Council is seeking the community’s views on the provision of waste services in your local area, specifically:

1. operating hours/days of the waste transfer facilities

2. the number of waste facilities operating in the Shoalhaven (currently 10)

3. the pricing structure for waste facilities

What you should know

Waste Management has changed substantially in the last 30 years, with the introduction of kerbside recycling and closures of the old local, unregulated town “tips”. Further change is necessary to reduce waste in landfill.

In 2000, Council introduced the subsidised on-call Garden Organics and Bulky waste pick-up service.

In 2003, Council introduced the “No Charge Domestic Tipping Vouchers”

In 2011, Council expanded its current kerbside recycling collection to include many rural areas of the Shoalhaven.

In 2012, Council introduced a weekly “Christmas holiday” kerbside recycling service across the City

The current operation of the small recycling and waste transfer facilities is not cost effective. All waste facilities except West Nowra, consistently operate at a loss.

Council sought input to find an acceptable balance between reducing the costs of operation and maintaining a viable community service via a community which has now closed.

Survey results will be available in November 2016.


Related information
There is also information related to your property such as:

Bulky waste pickups
How to arrange pickup of bulky waste from your property, such as mattresses, old furniture, building items, whitegoods, bikes, wood, toys, garden tools or any general household items

Garbage collection
Includes when your bin will be picked up, bin sizes, how to get your bin repaired 

Garden waste pickups
How to arrange pickup of domestic green waste from your property, such as small prunings, grass clippings etc 

Green Waste Processing
How your mulch is made including disclaimer

Sewage management onsite
Information about the various types of on site sewage management, e.g. septic tanks
Waste management events
Want to know what events are coming up about recycling, composting etc?

Check out the Waste Management events (new window).