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9 November 2022

Tips on how to recycle your waste this National Recycling Week

Recycling beyond your kerbside yellow bin

Yellow bin

Check out the Waste Wizard on Council's website to know 'what goes where'.

Recycle used batteries

Now in its 27th year, National Recycling Week (7 to 13 November) provides an important opportunity to improve recycling knowledge, develop better recycling habits and build greater trust in the recycling process.

It’s simple, everyday actions like recycling, which help to protect the Tweed’s internationally significant environment for future generations.

Council’s Resource Recovery Education Officer Dominique Pomeroy said National Recycling Week provided a great opportunity for us all to consider our recycling habits.

“It’s important for us to think about how we can send less to landfill, reuse items and choose products with recycled content to ensure our recycled products are valuable,” Ms Pomeroy said.

“We often hear people say: ‘Why worry what you put in the recycling bin anyway, it just goes to landfill’. However, this is just not true – it is being recycled. Your items are being turned into different and new products such as plastic industrial pallets, geo-matting for embankments, piping, paper, cardboard, new glass jars, bottles and more.”

To see how the Tweed’s recycling material is processed, Council has produced a video demonstrating the process at our Chinderah recycling facility.

As part of the week’s activities, Council together with our partner North East Waste, is encouraging residents to continue their efforts to recycle right, and to think beyond their kerbside bins.

“As a region, the Northern Rivers is tracking well above the state average, with a 59% recovery rate from our kerbside recycling and organics bins,” said Linda Tohver, Education Coordinator at North East Waste.

“It’s also becoming easier to recycle more than just the usual paper, cardboard, glass, hard plastics, and steel and aluminium cans that belong in our yellow-lid recycling bins due to the Australasian Recycling Label Program.”

The Australasian Recycling Label Program has made the process of identifying what can be recycled easier. Keep an eye out for the instruction labels on common household items that show which bin each component of the packaging can go into as well as where recycling can occur in-store.

The Waste Wizard on Council’s website can also help residents determine ‘what goes where’.

Top tips for recycling beyond your kerbside bin:

  • Return and Earn – currently accepts drink containers such as cans, beer and mixer bottles, cartons, juice boxes and poppers. In 2023 this will expand to include larger soft drink and juice bottles and wine bottles. 

  • Household and car batteries, paints, oils, gas bottles and fluoro globes and tubes and smoke detectors are accepted for free at the Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre.

  • Various take-back schemes through Terracycle.com are now in place for a variety of beauty, self-care and dental products.

  • For smaller quantities of problem waste, like household batteries and mobile phones, residents have access to the region’s network of free Community Recycling Stations, installed by Council and North East Waste. They are found at 3 locations across the Tweed including the Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centres and the Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre. To find out more, visit newaste.org.au/crs or contact Council.

  • Most household batteries can also be recycled at B-cycle drop off points available at participating retailers including Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, Bunnings and Battery World. 

Recycling centre at Chinderah

Behind the scenes at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Chinderah where items placed in Council's recycling yellow bins are sorted.


Photo 1:  Yellow bin
Caption: Check out the Waste Wizard on Council's website to know 'what goes where'.

Photo 2:  Recycle used batteries
Caption: Drop off used household batteries for recycling at council’s Community Recycling Centre at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre

Photo 3:  Recycling centre at Chinderah
Caption: Behind the scenes at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Chinderah where items placed in Council's recycling yellow bins are sorted.

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