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Tweed Shire Council uses a Multi-bin System to collect residential and commercial waste and recyclables, and offers an optional user-pays organics green lid service (available to the current urban service area).

The green lid bin is now for all food scraps and garden waste, however you can also choose to just place garden waste only in it . The organics waste from this bin is processed at a local facility until our facility is completed at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre.

See below for size options and details for each bin. To find out when your next collection day is or to download your street's yearly collection calendar see Waste Collection Days.

Recycling Bin - Yellow lid bin
Landfill Bin - Red lid bin
Organics Bin – Green lid bin
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Frequently asked questions

Recycle Right

#RecycleRight is a new region-wide campaign asking people to make some simple changes to our recycling routines.

This has been developed with our neighbouring councils and everyone will be following the same recycling routines across the Northern Rivers.

The main message of this new campaign is to keep it simple and ensure you are only placing clean and correct recycling materials in your yellow bin. It is essential that we have clean recyclables that we can send off for remanufacturing in Australia and overseas.

If we all do this, we can keep our resources coming 'round and get the most life out of every product.

The #RecycleRight campaign is the most current information for our region.

Why have the recycling rules changed?

Changes to China’s recycling rules in January 2018 have affected the recycling industry across the world.

For a long time, China was the largest importer of the world’s recycling, accepting over 30 million tonnes every year and ultimately having the capability to drive recycling prices and practices worldwide.

Until a few years ago, China accepted recyclables with a relaxed contamination level of around 5% (contamination being incorrect items mixed in with the material to be recycled). This meant China accepted a large proportion of the world’s waste, which was then their problem to deal with.

The ‘National Sword Policy’ introduced in January 2018 enforces a strict contamination limit of 0.5%, which sent the global recycling industry into shock – much of the world’s recycling could not meet this new export standard.

On the up side, the National Sword Policy is a catalyst for change, forcing us to recycle better, develop new technologies to better sort our recycling and develop new industry within Australia that supports the processing and manufacture of goods using recycled content.

More materials are now being recycled in Australia, as well as overseas – but we need a very clean recycling stream to ensure they can be processed and remanufactured into new products.

The #RecycleRight campaign is all about ensuring we have clean and uncontaminated recycling.

How do I know what to recycle?

The #RecycleRight campaign asks people to follow six easy recycling routines. A quick guide is on the right hand side.

To further help people understand what goes where, we have updated our A to Z Guide for Recycling that can be found on this page.

Only recycle household items made of plastic, glass, steel, aluminium, paper and cardboard. An item that is made out of more than one type of material cannot be recycled, unless you can separate the material.
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