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Update on COVID-19- The safety of our communities, customers and staff is our top priority. We are continuing to monitor daily developments in response to COVID-19. Find out the latest.

Waste services

COVID-19 update

Garbage, recycling and kerbside collection services will continue as normal. Green waste drop off days have returned but other drop off days are cancelled.

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.

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:

Plastics Fruit 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 jars Medicine and vitamin bottles; soft drink, water, beer, wine and champagne bottles; condiment and pickling jars.
Aluminium Cans, foil lined cartons (juice and milk, foil trays, pots and pans.
Paper and cardboard Books, cardboard, egg cartons, envelopes, gift wrap, greeting cards, magazines, newspaper, cardboard rolls, tissue boxes, scrap paper, pizza boxes, phone books.
Steel Aerosol cans (deodorant, bug spray, air freshener), cooking oil tins, pet food cans, canned condiments.

Additional recycling information:

Free drop-off days

Green waste drop off days are back with a booking system in place and extra dates announced for October. Other drop off days are still cancelled until further notice under the public health order. Find out more about changes to services.

We encourage you to add as much household and green waste to your red bins as possible for weekly collection. If you have larger quantities of waste, we offer free drop off days around Port Stephens most weeks for both green and problem waste.

Booking are essential on 4988 0255. View the extra dates for October and special terms and conditions.

Materials accepted include:

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

Not accepted:

  • treated timber
  • painted timber
  • laminated timber
SuburbLocationDrop off days
KaruahLocated on the vacant Council land next to the Karuah CentreFirst Sunday of each month
Raymond TerraceNewline 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

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
  • Tyres are not to exceed 1m in diameter and tyres must be clean free of soil or other contaminates
  • No whitegoods are accepted at E-waste drop off at Raymond Terrace
  • 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

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.

EPA decision on mixed organic waste

In October 2018, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announced that mixed organic waste could no longer be used due to potential environmental concerns.

After a further year of research, the NSW EPA made its final determination in October 2019 that the ongoing use of mixed organic waste on mine site rehabilitation, agricultural land and forestry land will not be permitted.

No. While this decision impacts how we process waste, it will not impact red bin collection. We will continue to provide the same waste services in Port Stephens.

The NSW EPA commissioned independent research to assess the benefits and risks of mixed organic waste for use on agricultural land, mining rehabilitation and forestry land.

The research found that there were potential risks to humans and the environment from physical contaminants like plastic and glass.

The mixed organic waste that we’re generating has been going to landfill for the past 12 months since the EPA’s decision and will continue to do so until we transfer to a new service or process.

There will be cost implications, but the EPA is offering a financial package which is currently up for consultation.

There’s no short-term fix for this. We’ll continue to work with the EPA and our contractor as part of the public consultation process.

Over the next 12 months, we’ll be developing a new waste strategy and process for moving forward. We will be asking our residents what our new waste system should look like and we’ll be considering all options.