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Items that cannot be reused, recycled or composted. Nappies, pet waste, foam, soft plastics and plastic bags.

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  • All nappies (including biodegradable and compostable)
  • Hygiene items and wipes
  • Pet waste and kitty litter
  • All plastic bags, soft plastics and packaging, wrappers and bubble wrap
  • Wire, string, rope, hoses
  • Polystyrene eg foam packaging, foam meat trays, foam cups
  • Food pouches
  • Cigarette butts
  • Plastic straws and cutlery
  • Treated timber
  • Laminated paper and stickers
  • Textiles, clothing, doonas, pillows (unusable)
  • Car / household batteries
  • Scrap metal
  • Car / auto parts
  • Concrete
  • Gas bottles
  • Motor oil
  • Building materials
  • Food and garden waste
  • Recyclables
  • Hazardous materials (asbestos, chemicals, paint)
  • Medical waste

Did you know?

  • By sorting your waste correctly (food scraps and garden waste into green lid bin, and recycling into yellow lid bin) you can reduce your red lid landfill bin waste by half or even more!
  • Plastic bags can be brought to any Coles or Woolworths in Tweed Shire, as well as some participating IGAs to be recycled. Consider using reusable cloth bags as an alternative to plastic.
  • Council accepts the following for FREE at its Additional Recycling and Waste Disposal (at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre): bulk cardboard, glass bottles and aluminium cans, oil, hazardous materials including paint, e-waste, gas bottles, and scrap metals such as whitegoods.
  • Syringes can be disposed of at a safe sharp location near you.
  • Bulky garden waste can be dropped off at Waste Depots for a small fee to help cover the costs of transport, processing, staffing and energy costs.
  • Goods and materials such as books, clothing, furniture, appliances and building materials should be separated and taken to opportunity shops, second hand dealers and building material recyclers for reuse. Refer to our list of shops/services for the possible pick up of large sellable items/furniture in good condition. See Additional Recycling and Waste Disposal. Or save your items to have a garage sale at a later date (see Second Hand Saturday).

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to my waste?
Our What Happens to Your Waste (1.44mB PDF)  information sheet explains how we process waste once your bins have been collected.
What about the smell of nappies and the hazard of having them in the red lid landfill bin for two weeks?
The 3 Bin System is a best-practice system with a fortnightly collection of the red lid landfill bin, instead of weekly. This means nappies could potentially remain in rubbish bins for up to two weeks.
Many Northern Rivers councils and larger metropolitan councils have already introduced a 3 Bin System and have found there are a number of ways to manage the disposal of nappies and controlling smell in the red lid landfill bin:
  • Dispose of any solid waste collected in the nappy into the toilet before disposing of the nappy (we understand this is not always possible)
  • Wrap dirty nappies tightly in a nappy sack or plastic bag
  • Specially designed nappy bins wrap the nappies as they are placed in the bin
  • Use smaller bags that can be closed tightly or double wrapped before placing them in the bin. This will reduce the amount of air circulating around the dirty nappies and reduce the smell
  • Store the red lid landfill bin in the shade and out of direct sunlight
  • Make sure your red landfill bin lid closes properly and there are no cracks on the sides
  • You can use general odour removing products, including cat litter and crystals, bicarbonate of soda and others found in hardware stores and supermarkets
  • Refer to our Disposing of Nappies and other Hygiene Products (813kB PDF)  Sheet.
Will my red lid landfill bin overflow if it is collected fortnightly instead of weekly?
You should have less waste going to landfill with the 3 Bin System, which is best practice and approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). That should mean less material in your red lid bin. An audit of 220 household red lid waste bins across Tweed Shire found a total of 51 per cent of materials in our bins, and ending up in landfill, is organic waste. A further 25 per cent of the contents of the red lid waste bin are recyclable items. Remove food, garden organics and suitable recyclable materials from your waste and you should be left with less waste in your red lid bin. Many households find the content of their red lid bin is mainly plastic wrapping.
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