Recycling & Waste Depots

Find a Shoalhaven Recycling and Waste Depot close to you

All of Shoalhaven City Council’s 10 Recycling and Waste Depots (Tips) provide recycling services for a wide range of items that don’t go into your kerbside bins. Many of these services are free! Most of the ‘waste’ that we produce contains valuable resources that can be recycled.

Household recyclables that can go into the yellow-lid bin are also accepted for free at our Recycling and Waste Depots. 

Recycling reduces pressure on our natural resources and helps protect our diverse and beautiful environment by reducing the amount of waste going into landfill.

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Items our depots accept free of charge


Separated recyclables are accepted at Council’s Recycling and Waste Depots free of charge, including:

  • Scrap metal
  • Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
  • Whitegoods (a refrigerant removal fee may apply)
  • Polystyrene (must be clean and white e.g. polystyrene around a new appliance)

Household problem waste can be deposited at our Community Recycling Centres.

The above items do NOT go in yellow-lid bins, see the Yellow Bin Recycling Guide. Household recyclables that can go into the yellow-lid bin can also accepted for free at our Recycling and Waste Depots.

Community Recycling Centres (CRCs)

CRCs are free drop off centres for problem household waste and are located at all our Depots and are open during Depot hours.

Household problem waste includes items that should not be placed in either your red-lid or yellow-lid kerbside bin as they contain materials harmful to the environment. Some items placed in kerbside bins can potentially create a dangerous situation for waste facility and transport staff.

Household problem waste items accepted at all our CRCs include: 

  • Car Batteries
  • Household Batteries
  • Fluro Tubes and Light Globes
  • Gas Bottles
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Motor Oils (up to 20L)
  • Other Oils (up to 20L)
  • Oil Based Paints (up to 20L)
  • Water Based Paints (up to 20L)
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Polystyrene - must be clean and white sheets commonly found in electronic packaging

Please note that only domestic quantities are accepted.

For more information see our Community Recycling Centre Guide.

Shredded garden organics

Garden waste (or green waste) that is disposed of at our Depots is processed into a ‘mulch like’ product that is available to Shoalhaven residents for free.

It is available at all depots however supply is dependent on what we receive.

For more information see our Shredded Garden Waste Guide.

What our depots can't accept

Poisons and other hazardous materials cannot be accepted at our Depots but can be disposed of at a Household Chemical CleanOut Event.

Items you can drop off for free during a Household Chemical CleanOut Event include:

  • Poisons, acids and alkalis
  • Garden, pool and hobby chemicals
  • Solvents and household cleaners

Household problem waste is accepted at Community Recycling Centres.

Other items not accepted at our depots:


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Buy-Back Centres

Your trash could be someone else’s treasure.

Buy-Back Centres are a great way to recycle and rehome unwanted household items.

Items that the gate operator credits as re-sale worthy will be accepted for free!

Items we may accept include:

  • Furniture
  • Sporting equipment
  • Garden tools
  • Doors
  • Window frames
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Toys
  • Crockery

Due to safety reasons we cannot accept lighting, power tools or other electronic items.

Check the opening hours of Buy-Back Centres at our Recycling and Waste Depots.

Fees & charges

Please note that no cash payments are accepted at any of our Recycling and Waste Depots. 

Your complete guide to our Fees & Charges.

Curious about how our Depots work?

For a behind-the-scenes tour of how your Council manages Shoalhaven’s recycling and waste every day take a Tip Tour and see a well-engineered landfill at work.

We encourage Shoalhaven households to re-use, reduce and recycle responsibly to reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills and help preserve our beautiful environment.

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Last updated on 14 January 2021