Recycling & Waste Depots

Find a Shoalhaven recycling and waste depot close to you 

All of Shoalhaven City Council’s ten (10) recycling and waste depots (rubbish tips) provide recycling services for a wide range of items that don’t go into your kerbside bins. Many of these services are free!

Household recyclables that can go into the yellow-lid bin are also accepted for free at our recycling and waste depots. 

Please note that cash payments are not accepted at our depots.

Complaints about recycling and waste depot operations can be reported by contacting council.

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How much does it cost to dispose of waste?

Find out what it will cost to dispose of your waste in our information booklet.

Please note that no cash payments are accepted at any of our recycling and waste depots. 

We accept EFTPOS, credit cards (Mastercard, Visa and AMEX only), valid household waste and garden waste disposal vouchers.

Account cards are available for commercial businesses. Contact recycling and waste services for more information.

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)
  • Textiles

Paints, oils, batteries and other 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.

Got an item you're not sure about? Visit our A-Z recycling and disposal guide.

What our depots can't accept

Poisons, flammable liquids and other hazardous items including:

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Garden, pool and hobby chemicals
  • Solvents and household cleaners

Hazardous items can be dropped off for free during a Household Chemical CleanOut event.

Household problem waste is accepted at community recycling centres.

Other items not accepted at our depots:

Buy-back centres

Your trash could be someone else's treasure.

Buy-back centres are a great way to re-home unwanted household items and give them a second life.

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.

Buy-back centres are located at the following recycling and waste depots:

Shredded garden organics (mulch)

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

  • Residents can load it themselves at no charge.
  • At weighbridge sites (West Nowra, Huskisson and Ulladulla) residents can request staff to load it onto your trailer for $12 (as per Fees & Charges 2023-24)

This is subject to availability of the machinery.

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

Check current availability of shredded garden waste

For more information see our shredded garden waste guide.


  • Can only be accepted at West Nowra and Ulladulla
  • Disposal must be pre-booked before disposal drop off
  • Loads over 100kg or 10sqm must be registered with the EPA WasteLocate

Pre-book your asbestos disposal now

Community recycling centres (CRCs)

CRCs are free drop off centres for household problem 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: 

  • Aerosol cans (paint, butane and other accelerants)
  • 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.

The EPA community recycling program is supported by the NSW State Government.

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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