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Household rubbish and recycling

Download our new waste app!

Scan the QR code below or click on the link to download. We’re always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact, so this year, we’re introducing our new Waste App, where you can get bin day reminders, and see all drop off days, and service changes.

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Red and yellow bins

There are many ways to dispose of waste safely and in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In Port Stephens, we offer our residents a red bin for household and green waste and a yellow bin for recyclable products.

If you have flood affected waste, please visit our Emergency recovery page.

How to dispose of waste

Your red bins will be collected weekly.

Waste that can go in your red bin:

  • food scraps
  • non-recycling packaging e.g. plastic bags
  • green waste
  • nappies
  • broken household items that are unable to be reused or fixed
  • pizza boxes and other paper products contaminated with food

Your yellow bins will be collected fortnightly.

Recyclable waste that can go in your recycling bin:

PlasticsFruit punnets, biscuit trays, detergent bottles, cake trays, plastic containers, juice bottles, milk bottles, soft drink bottles, margarine and butter containers, shampoo and conditioner containers, ice cream containers, small and large yogurt containers, bottle lids.
Glass, bottles and jarsMedicine and vitamin bottles; soft drink, water, beer, wine and champagne bottles; condiment and pickling jars.
AluminiumCans, foil lined cartons (juice and milk) and foil trays.
Paper and cardboardBooks, cardboard, egg cartons, envelopes, gift wrap, greeting cards, magazines, newspaper, cardboard rolls, tissue boxes, scrap paper, pizza boxes, phone books.
SteelAerosol cans (deodorant, bug spray, air freshener), cooking oil tins, pet food cans, canned condiments.

Additional recycling information:

View the Free Drop-off calendar

Free Drop Off Days 2023

Materials accepted include:

  • tree cuttings
  • shrub cuttings
  • loose leaves
  • grass clippings

Not accepted:

  • treated timber
  • painted timber
  • laminated timber

Drop off times are from 9am to 2pm, most Sundays of the year. Some dates excluded.

SuburbLocationDrop off days
KaruahLocated on the vacant Council land next to the Karuah CentreFirst Sunday of each month
Raymond Terrace
Newline Waste Facility

April to September: 

second Sunday of each month

October to March:

second and fourth Sunday of each month

Tilligerry PeninsulaLocated at the old Waste Depot on Lemon Tree Passage Road

April to September:

third Sunday of each month

October to March:

first and third Sunday of each month

Tomaree PeninsulaSalamander Bay Waste Transfer Station

April to September:

fourth Sunday of each month

October to March:

second and fourth Sunday of each month

* When there are 5 Sundays in a month, there will not be an extra drop off day. Please be aware drop off days will not run on public holidays

Conditions of service:

  • For residents and rate payers of Port Stephens only
  • Commercial operators are unable to use the services for their business waste
  • Only quantities of less than 1 cubic metre will be accepted
  • Materials less than 1.5m in length only will be accepted
  • Residents must unload their own material into a skip of truck provider and must comply with all instructions from the site operator
  • Large loads will not be accepted at the Karuah drop off site as it is not set up for this
  • Council has the right to accept/decline excess quantities

Problem Waste calendar

If you have waste that is not easily disposed of, Council offers residents free drop off days for problem waste.

Problem waste can include:

  • mattresses
  • tyres
  • electronic waste
  • scrap metals
  • chemicals

If you're unsure of how to properly dispose of waste, have a look through our A-Z of waste page.

Salamander Bay Waste Transfer Station accepts the following household quantities of problem waste, for free, all year round:
  • Gas bottles
  • Household chemicals
  • Paint
  • Motor and other oils
  • Houeshold batteries
  • Fluoro tubes and globes
  • Car batteries
  • Fire extinguishers
  • E-waste
Condition of service
  • For residents and rate payers of Port Stephens only
  • Commercial operators are unable to use the services for their business waste
  • Residents must comply with all instructions from the site operator
  • Council has the right to decline/accept items or excess quantities
  • 4 mattresses and/or 4 tyres per vehicle including tyres on rims
  • Only car and 4WD tyres accepted and tyres must be clean free of soil or other contaminates
  • X-rays are now accepted at e-waste drop off days
  • X-rays are no longer accepted at Council Administration Building at Raymond Terrace
  • For Chemical Cleanout drop off events household quantities accepted up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item for more detailed list please check EPA's website
Permanent e-Waste disposal at Veolia Raymond Terrace Resource Recovery Park

Full designated electronic waste only loads can be dropped off for no charge at Veolia Raymond Terrace Resource Recovery Park at Newline Road, mixed loads (e-waste within a load of other waste) will still incur a fee.

Examples of E-Waste:

  • TVs
  • Computers
  • Mobiles
Terms and Conditions apply
  • Available all year round during opening hours. Check their website for operating hours.
  • Port Stephens residents only
  • No commercial quantities or customers
  • Residents to comply with instructions from the site operator

2023 dates to be announced

Port Stephens Council will offer additional garbage and recycling bin collections for holiday properties for the 2022/23 summer holiday period for 6 weeks, in order to accommodate increased volumes of waste at this time.

Fees and conditions apply.

Applications close 18 November 2022. Contact for more details or to apply.

Frequently asked questions

For new or additional garbage services, please contact us on 02 4988 0255.

Please contact the Waste Customer Call Centre on 1300 734 470.

Residents can take excess waste to the Council operated Waste Transfer Station at Salamander Bay or the privately owned waste facility at Newline Road, Raymond Terrace. Find out about the Waste Transfer Station operating hours, fees and what types of waste are accepted.

Alternately, you can use your 2 kerbside collections per financial year by calling 1300 734 470.

Yes. If you require assistance with your bins, download our Wheel Out Wheel In Flyer for more information on how we can help.

Download the domestic collection zones map.