Keeping problem waste OUT of landfill

Waste isn’t waste until it’s wasted

Did you know that 95% of battery components can be reused? That used household and motor oil can be re-purposed into lubricants? That unwanted paint can be used as part of an alternative fuel source for cement manufacturing?

Our household waste can be a valuable resource that we lose access to as soon as it is placed into landfill.

Drop Off for Free

Port Macquarie Hastings Council is committed to keeping these recyclable materials OUT of landfill. We operate a “Drop Off for Free” facility at all our Waste Transfer stations. Household problem waste such as paint, fluorescent globes and tubes, batteries, household and motor oils, gas bottles and many more can be dropped off for free. This ensures they don’t end up in landfill and can be recycled into useable resources. See Drop off for free Port Macquarie Hastings Council ( for a full list.

Have questions?

We will be out and about in the LGA throughout March to discuss what you can and can’t Drop Off for Free. Please come and see us at one of the following locations with any questions you have:

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Outside The Department Store, Wauchope

10.00am – 12.00pm


Wednesday 13 March 2024

Coles, Lake Innes

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Port Central, Port Macquarie

2.00pm – 4.00pm


Wednesday 20 March 2024

Coles, Laurieton

10.00am – 12.00pm

Community Reycling Centre video series

Want to know more about how some of our more problematic waste is collected and recycled? Check out our Community Recycling Centre video series.

The series covers some of the common items we have around our homes that can be dropped off for free at one of our five local waste transfer facilities.

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