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?

Have you ever wondered what happens with recycling collected from yellow bins? Here's an overview of how your recycling is processed at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Chinderah.

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

Community recycling stations

Council Foyer

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.

Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre in the Technology Centre

Household batteries and mobile phones/accessories only.

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, Pottsville, Terranora, Tweed Heads South and Tweed Heads.

New automated depot at 57 Ourimbah Road Tweed Heads – no sorting, no counting, no volume limit – quick, easy, walk away with cash instantly.

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

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.