Recycling and reducing waste

Recycling helps to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. 

When items like batteries and chemicals are not disposed of correctly, they pollute the air and soil and can end up in our waterways.

Where does the Tweed’s recycling go?

Recycling collected from yellow bins is sorted at a private facility in Chinderah. 

Plastic, paper, cardboard and metal are sent to processors based on demand. Our recyclables do not go to landfill. 

Council foyer recycling stations

Household batteries (up to 6 volt), printer cartridges and mobile phones can be dropped into our mini recycle stations at our Tweed and Murwillumbah offices.

Free recycling and household waste drop-off

Drop many items off for free at Council’s Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre (the tip). A fee may apply for some items.


Return and Earn (container deposit scheme)

Return earn

Turn bottles, cans and cartons into cash at the Return and Earn

Vending machines are available at Chinderah, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, Terranora and Tweed Heads South.

Tweed residents recycled nearly 80 million containers over 3 years.

It’s a great way for kids to earn some pocket money!

What goes in which bin? 

Find out how to recycle and dispose of different waste items using Council's search tool. 

Recycling for schools

See Educational tours

Clean Up Australia Day

Join your local community group and help to clean up our waterways, parks and beaches on Clean Up Australia Day.  You can now register to clean up everyday.

ABC's War on Waste

Looking for inspiration? This TV series sparked action across the nation. Craig Reucassel targets plastic water bottles, straws, e-waste, fast furniture, food waste and the recycling crisis.