North West TAS: Clean out those unwanted household chemicals!

Household Hazardous Waste: free drop-off events

If you live in the Burnie, Central Coast, Circular Head, Devonport, Kentish, Latrobe, or Waratah-Wynyard council areas and you’ve got old or unwanted household and garden chemicals stored at home, now is the time to safely send them on their way.

FREE drop-off events are taking place at four locations across the region on Saturday 17th April and Sunday 18th April 2021.

Clean out those cupboards and sheds and bring any of these items along for safe disposal:

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis

Pack items in a sturdy box for transport in the boot of your car or ute tray.  Make sure individual containers are no larger than 20 kilograms or 20 litres in size.

NOTE: the following items are NOT included in this free special service – motor oil, asbestos, pharmaceuticals, farm vet chemicals, fire extinguishers, ammunition and explosives, and chemicals from commercial businesses. Contact your council for disposal advice for these items.

> > For safety reasons, no early or late drop-offs will be accepted. Talk with your neighbours or friends to arrange shared delivery if you are unable to make it at the specified times.

Saturday 17 April 2021

10.00am – 2.00pm
Burnie Waste Management Centre
289 Mooreville Road, Burnie


10.00am – 3.00pm
White Hills Waste Transfer Station
22475 Bass Highway, Smithton

Sunday 18 April 2021

11.00am – 3.00pm
Devonport Waste Transfer Station
Bay Drive, off Mersey Road, Spreyton


12.00pm – 4.00pm
Sheffield Waste Transfer Station
Sheffield Main Road, Sheffield

No registrations are required. Simply visit any of the sites with your items for disposal between the times shown. Choose the site and times most convenient for you.

Thank you for being a good sort and helping to keep hazardous waste out of landfill and kerbside recycling.

These Household Hazardous Waste events are supported by the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group waste levy.

Don’t leave your good waste habits at home

The Cradle Coast Waste Management Group is enlisting the help of visitors to North West Tasmania in an effort to clean up illegally dumped rubbish.Card collage

Coastal reserves and nature reserves are common locations for dumping rubbish and are also popular with tourists. To make it easy for visitors to know where to dispose of their waste and recycling and to report any findings of dumped rubbish, the Waste Management Group created a collectable series of postcards with information on waste transfer station locations and contact details for the local council.

Seven cards were produced for each of the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group’s member council areas and are being distributed through visitor information centres.

Signs are also being installed encouraging visitors to not leave their good recycling habits at home and to report sightings of dumped rubbish. Increased surveillance and reporting of dumping hotspots will hopefully encourage offenders to think twice and do the right thing.

This latest campaign against illegal dumping follows from a statewide project to raise awareness of the many waste services available from government, not-for-profit groups and commercial providers to responsibly dispose of bulky, unwanted items. Find out about these disposal options in the Cradle Coast here.

Finding ways to avoid, reduce and reuse waste

The three regional Waste Management Groups have created an awareness raising program to encourage Tasmanians to avoid , reduce and reuse waste.

Tasmanians are pretty good at recycling and although this is a great way to keep waste out of landfill and our environment, there are many other things we can all do to be good sorts and decrease our waste.

It’s important that we try to find ways to reuse and reduce waste, or best of all to avoid generating waste altogether.

Here are some simple ideas being promoted across Tasmania on TV, in newspapers, on radio and social media.  Are there one, two or  more things you could be doing to rethink waste?avoid generating waste where possible

Avoid waste:

  • Take your travel mug for your next coffee
  • Refill your drink bottle in place of packaged water
  • Take your own shopping bags
  • Choose unpackaged food and products over those with excessive packaging
  • Use containers instead of plastic wrap for storing left-overs
  • Say no to plastic straws.

Reduce waste:

  • Plan ahead and only buy ingredients you need for the week
  • Choose and maintain household items that will last or can be repaired
  • Borrow or hire instead of buying if you only need an item for a short time.

Reuse waste:

  • Post unwanted items online for sale or giveaway, hold a garage sale or swap-meet
  • Treasure hunt for pre-loved items before buying new – Council tip shops are a great resource too
  • Cook up the next meal from left-overs
  • Find new uses for every-day items, such sewing old clothes or fabric items into reusable bags.

If you haven’t yet seen the Avoid – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle commercials on TV in Tasmania, you can watch them on our Rethink Waste YouTube channel.

Household battery recycling


The results of a recent waste audit have shown that people in north west and northern Tasmania do not have an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their used household batteries, with a significant number buried in landfill.

Household dry-cell batteries including AA, AAA, alkaline, lithium, watch, button and cordless drill batteries can now be recycled by taking them to special drop-off points in your local Council office, and other public venues.  Look out for the Rethink Waste Battery Recycling posters and simply drop tbattery-recycling-sign-and-bin-lid-onhem in the special bins provided.

Collected batteries will be sorted and safely shipped to processors who recover materials from the different battery types as inputs to new products.

So when your household batteries are going, going, gone; give them a second life by recycling at your nearest drop-off point:

Break O’Day Council:

  • Customer Service Centre, 32 – 34 Georges Bay Esplanade, St Helens

Burnie City Council:

  • Council Office
  • Tip Shop
  • Waste Management Centre

Central Coast Council:

  • Castra WTS
  • Council Administration Centre
  • Penguin Service Centre
  • Preston WTS
  • South Riana WTS
  • Ulverstone Resource Recovery Centre
  • Ulverstone Visitor Information Centre

Circular Head Council:

  • Phone Council Office for more information 6452 4800

City of Launceston: 

  • Customer Service Centre, Town Hall, St John Street, Launceston
  • Launceston Recycling Centre, Cavalry Road, Mowbray

Devonport City Council:

  • Council Office
  • Lawrence Drive Works Depot
  • Spreyton WTS

Dorset Council:

  • Council Chambers
  • Bridport Pavilion

George Town Council:

  • Council Chambers, 16 – 18 Anne Street, George Town

Kentish Council:

  • Council Office
  • Sheffield WTS
  • Wilmot WTS

Latrobe Council:

  • Council Office
  • Port Sorell WTS

Meander Valley Council:

  • Deloraine Refuse Disposal Site, Tip Road, Deloraine

Northern Midlands Council:

  • Longford Waste Transfer Station, 291 Marlborough Street, Longford

Waratah Wynyard Council:

  • Wynyard WTS

West Tamar Council:

  • Beaconsfield Service Centre
  • Riverside Service Centre

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Free mobile phone recycling

Councils in the North and North West of Tasmania are accepting unwanted mobile phones and accessories for recycling. Check out the fact sheet below for more information.

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