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Albury Recycling Centre

The Albury Recycling Centre at the Albury Waste Management Centre is a drive-through, one-stop-shop that’s leading the way in state of the art waste reduction.

The Albury Recycling Centre accepts your recyclable waste, including plastic, glass, paper, cardboard (only if it’s dry) and household goods.

Residents can also drop off hazardous items like oils, gas bottles, batteries and fluorescent lights for free.

While you’re there, drop into the Upcycle Shop to snap up pre-loved bargains such as bikes or books, tables or tools.

It’s all part of the work we’re doing as a community to halve the amount of waste we send to landfill and set a recycling standard for other communities to follow.

General household recycling

We accept a huge range of materials that can be turned into valuable products instead of being dumped into landfill. Apart from glass, paper, cardboard, and hard and soft plastics, we can also recycle white goods, steel, mattresses and household goods such as furniture, toys and books, Simply offload these items into the marked areas and you’ll be disposing of your waste at minimal or no cost while also doing your bit to help our environment.

  • Not sure what to do with that old TV, printer or computer? Bring it to the Albury Recycling Centre and we will take it off your hands for free.

    Electronic waste is any item with a plug, battery or power cord. We sort and transfer these goods so valuable materials they contain can be recycled and any hazardous contents, such as heavy metals, can be removed before they harm the environment.

    By recycling these items, you can be sure that dangerous chemicals can’t leach into the soil, seep into the air or cause fires in landfill, while valuable minerals such as gold, copper and platinum can be recovered and re-used.

    We don’t charge any fees for accepting your e-waste but you must separate the items and place them in the correct recycling areas.

    You can bring any of the follow items to us for recycling and safe disposal.

    Large appliances
    • Refrigerators
    • Washing machines
    • Cookers
    • Microwaves
    • Electric fans
    • Air conditioners
    Small appliances
    • Irons
    • Toasters
    • Coffee machines
    • Hair dryers
    IT, telecommunications and TV equipment
    • Computers and computer peripherals
    • Laptops/tablets
    • Printers
    • Mobile phones
    • Televisions
    • Remote controls
    Electrical and electronic tools
    • Drills
    • Saws
    • Sewing machines
    • Lawn mowers
    Toys, leisure and sports equipment
    • Electric trains and racing cars
    • Hand-held video games
    • Consoles
    • Amplifiers
    • Musical instruments
    • Radios
  • Every year in Australia, 1.25 million mattresses end up in landfill – but this can be avoided because up to 90% of mattress components can be recycled. You can help by bringing your unwanted mattresses to the Albury Waste Management Centre. Fees apply.

    Recyclable materials in mattresses include:

    • Steel springs are sold to scrap metal merchants for melting into new products
    • Foam from inside the mattress can be recycled for carpet underlay
    • Timber and husk: The fibrous husk is used in the manufacture of animal bedding, weed matting and mulch
    • Felt pad and fabric is used to make boxing bags
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    You can bring all your household white goods to us for recycling. Many can be processed for free although charges will apply to some items.

    The Albury Recycling Centre recycles all household whitegoods, including fridges, freezers, microwave ovens, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and air conditioners.

    The metal from whitegoods and other steel items can be repeatedly recycled to make new products.

    A fee will apply if your white goods need to be de-gassed. This applies to refrigeration and air-conditioning units. All other appliances are accepted free of charge.

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    Cleaning out the home is not only a great way to get rid of that unwanted clothing and other household odds and ends, it can also make a difference to the less fortunate in our community.

    We work with St Vincent de Paul to collect and redistribute unwanted clothing and small household goods.

    Three bright orange bins are available at the Albury Recycling Centre for you to deposit clothing, shoes, handbags, pots and pans, small toys, books, magazines and manchester.

    We don’t charge a fee for disposing of these items but you do need to separate them and place them in the correct area.

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    Steel can be recycled repeatedly – and for households, it’s free to recycle steel.

    Manufacturing steel products is a highly energy intensive process, while reworking recycled steel uses 75% less energy compared to working with raw materials. Apart from energy savings, recycling steel also preserves valuable minerals such as iron ore, coal and limestone. Keep in mind - for every kilogram of steel you recycle, you’re keeping two kg of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.

    Steel scrap like aerosol cans, food tins, bottle tops and jar lids can be recycled. You can place small steel waste in your yellow bin, but for larger items, simply bring them to the Albury Recycling Centre for free.

    Before dropping of your steel waste, make sure it’s thoroughly cleaned of any dirt or food scraps.

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    We accept plastic and paper for free.

    We can recycle hard plastics such as outside furniture and toys. We can also accept some soft plastics such as heavy duty film wrap, shrink-wrap, clear and black plastic.

    But please keep in mind, we cannot recycle your hard and soft plastics unless they are separated.

    Redcycle, which is an initiative of Woolworths and Coles, can recycle your shopping bags so you can drop these off next time you're out grocery shopping. Receptacles can be found at the customer counters of these supermarkets.

    Paper brought to the Albury Waste Management Centre is sent off-site to be turned into reusable newsprint. You can drop paper off free but please to be sure to separate it from other products.

    The list below explains what paper products we accept.

    Accepted Products

    Not Accepted Products

    Newspapers

     

    Magazines

    General board packaging

    Paper brochures

    Hard cover books

    Paper pamphlets

    Sticky notes and envelopes

    Officer paper

    Waxed or plastic coated paper

    Copy paper

    Binding, bull dog clips, strapping

    Shredded paper or trimmings

  • Polystyrene keyboard_arrow_right

    You can drop off polystyrene recycling (plastic foam packaging) that’s generated in the home at the Albury Recycling Centre for free.

    We can then process the polystyrene through a special machine that melts it into small, dense blocks that are used to make useful products such as building insulation and photo frames.

    Please don’t put polystyrene into any of your kerbside bins. It can’t be recycled that way and causes contamination within your bins – but it is completely free to dispose of polystyrene by bringing it to the recycling centre.

    It’s essential, however, to ensure the polystyrene you deliver is clean and dry so it can be successfully recycled.

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    Used tyres are one of the most problematic sources of waste because of their size and durability.

    Old tyres take up valuable space in landfill, release toxic chemicals if ignited and provide habitat for vermin and mosquitoes.

    Every year, 51 million tyres reach the end of their life in Australia but only about five per cent are  recycled.

    But the good news is that tyres contain rubber, steel and textiles that can be turned into useful products such as soft fall surfaces (playgrounds for children), artificial turf, industrial and commercial flooring, and conveyor belts.

    To help the environment, please bring your unwanted tyres to the Albury Waste Management Centre. Charges apply.

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    If you’re undertaking a project at home that involves moving soils, old lawns or concrete and bricks, bring them to the Albury Waste Management Centre so we can recycle or reuse them.

    Our customer service staff will help you to place these items in the correct location.

    All soil type products are stockpiled and used for other purposes and do not incur charges if they are deemed clean by our staff. So when you arrive at the gatehouse with your load of soils, ask the team to take a look at your load. If it’s clean it’s free!

    However, charges do apply to the disposal of concrete and bricks. These fees cover the costs of using contracted machinery to process the items.

    All recyclable materials be separated and placed in the correct areas. We recommend sorting your load to separate general waste and recyclables.

Household problem waste

You can now take your household problem waste such as household and car batteries, motor and other oils, paint, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, gas bottles and fluoro lights to the Albury Recycling Centre for disposal.

Because these items are hazardous to other people and the environment they can’t go into any of your kerbside bins but if they’re sorted correctly, you can bring them to us for free.

  • Asbestos keyboard_arrow_right

    Asbestos fibres are hazardous when inhaled. They can be released into the air when asbestos products are incorrectly handled, stored or transported for disposal.

    Before renovating or doing maintenance work on your home, you need to confirm if it possibly contains asbestos. If your home was built or renovated before 1987, it is likely that it will. If so, you need to know how to remove and dispose of the asbestos safely.

    If more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos needs to be removed, you must engage a bonded asbestos removalist who is licensed by SafeWork NSW. If you are removing asbestos, advise your neighbours of the time and date of removal, and the name of the licensed removalist.

    Asbestos Disposal

    Asbestos is classified as a hazardous material. There are strict guidelines about how it should be packaged, labelled, transported and where it can be disposed. The Albury Waste Management Centre (AWMC) can lawfully receive asbestos waste in the designated area.

    • Ensure asbestos waste has been wetted, wrapped in 200um thick plastic, and sealed with tape before it is transported to a landfill site that may lawfully receive the waste;
    • It must be clearly labelled as 'asbestos waste'; and
    • It must be transported in a covered, leak-proof vehicle.

    Asbestos disposal

    We only accept asbestos from residents if it is bonded asbestos and weighs less than 100 kg. Higher quantities of asbestos must be referred to an asbestos removalist. It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure the material is correctly presented to us.

    Disposal times for asbestos

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Saturday and Sunday
    9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    For more information read:

    Disposing of household Asbestos & Legal Requirements

    Safely disposing of Asbestos Waste

    To minimise the risk of asbestos exposure, WorkCover recommends that householders engage a licensed asbestos removalist contractor if asbestos must be disturbed or removed. Do-it-yourself asbestos removal is not recommended.

    The following guide provides useful information to enable householders to safely manage the risks arising from asbestos materials in and around their homes.

    A guide for householders and the general public.

  • Needles, sharps and syringes keyboard_arrow_right

    Used syringes pose a health risk to the community and so safe disposal bins must be provided and used. Needle and syringe disposal bins can be found in hospital grounds, council amenity buildings, parks and reserves. Medical sharps can also be taken to participating pharmacies and public hospitals in a puncture-resistant container such as a coffee or paint tin.

    People working with sharps should ensure they’re stored correctly to there’s no risk of harm to anyone who comes into contact with them.

    Here are some basic guidelines:

    • Store sharps in a puncture-proof container (a yellow sharps container)
    • Store containers in a safe place that can’t be accessed by children
    • Do not recap needles before placing them in the container
    • Seal the container lid when full

    How do I dispose of Clinical and related waste?

    Medical waste containers can be brought into the pharmacies listed below for disposal free of charge. Alternatively you can visit safesharps.org.au, which gives a comprehensive list of all stores or locations in NSW where sharps can be disposed of safely.

    Terry White Chemist
    Centro Lavington
    Griffith Road
    Lavington 2641
    Phone: 02 6025 4733

    Fifield's Pharmacy
    Cnr Dean & Townsend Streets
    Albury 2640
    Phone: 02 6021 3255

    Terry White Chemist
    543 Dean Street
    Albury 2640
    Phone: 02 6021 2714

    Mayo's Northend Pharmacy
    3/330 Urana Road
    Lavington 2641
    Phone: 02 6040 2204

    Soul Pattinson Chemist
    Thurgoona Plaza
    Shuter Avenue
    Thurgoona  2640
    Phone: 02 6043 1444

    Chemist Warehouse
    483 Olive Street
    Albury 2640
    Phone: 02 6022 4088

    Chemist Warehouse
    Shops 3-5, 338 Kaitlers Road
    Springdale Heights 2641
    Phone: 02 6025 3007

  • Paint keyboard_arrow_right

    Leftover paint is one of the most common sources of liquid waste in landfills but we can dispose of old paint in a safe and practical way – and disposal is free.

    Australians buy more than 100 million litres of paint a year. About five million litres ends up in landfill, along with the packaging and materials that go with it.

    Leftover paint can contaminate groundwater and should not be put into garbage bins.

    However, if you deliver unwanted paint to the Albury Recycling Centre, it will be mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are also recycled.

    Remember, you should never mix your paint with other chemicals, and if possible you should keep your paint in its original containers.

    We have partnered with Paintback, which collects the paint and packaging from the Albury Recycling Centre and transports it for treatment. The packaging and waste liquid are separated. Waste paint is treated in a number of ways including energy recovery for solvent and liquid/solid separation for water-based paint, significantly minimising pressures on our landfill.

    Household users and trade painters can drop off the following items for free:

    • Interior and exterior architectural paint
    • Deck coatings and floor paints
    • Primers, undercoats and sealers
    • Stains and shellacs
    • Varnishes and urethanes (single component)
    • Wood coatings
    • Packaging
  • Oils keyboard_arrow_right

    Used motor and cooking oil can be recycled, so rather than risk contamination or a spill at your place, bring it to us and we'll have it cleaned and put to good use.

    Each year, Australians buy more than 500 million litres of motor oil. Just one litre of motor oil is enough to contaminate one million litres of water, and a single oil change in your car produces four to five litres of oil waste.

    Used motor oil picks up toxic chemicals when used in engines and transmissions and is hazardous to the environment.

    Sump oil - which includes engine oil, two-stroke, diesel oil and lubricating oils along with cooking oil - can be dropped off for free at the Albury Recycling Centre.

    Fortunately, used motor oil can be recycled because instead of wearing out, it just gets dirty. The contaminants can be removed and the oil recycled time after time.

    Some uses of recycled oil are industrial burner fuel, re-refined lube oil, or it can be used in other products as an additive.

    If you have small quantities (20 litres maximum) of old motor oils or unused/used cooking oil make sure it is in a secure oil container and bring it to the Albury Recycling Centre.

    Households are not charged for oil disposal but a fee applies for commercial operators.

    Here are some useful tips for recycling oils:

    • Dispose of old oils straight away otherwise you risk it entering the soil and contaminating ground water if it spills or leaks
    • Do not mix oils with other chemicals as contamination may cause the oil to be unrecyclable. Keep liquids in original containers

    Ensure all containers are sealed and have clearly identifiable labels.

  • Household and car batteries keyboard_arrow_right

    Batteries are the most common form of hazardous waste disposed of by Australian households, but the good news is that they can be recycled into a range of new products such as street lights and car parts.

    In Australia, about 350 million batteries are purchased every year. More than two thirds of them end up in landfill, where they can cause health and environmental problems.

    Heavy metals in batteries include cadmium, nickel, lead and mercury, which are all toxic and dangerous to human, animal and environmental health if not managed properly. Batteries in landfill damage the environment because, once their casings disintegrate, metals and chemicals inside the battery leach out.

    You can prevent this type of environmental damage by dropping your vehicle and household batteries at the Albury Recycling Centre for free. Once we’ve received them they can be made into new products such as street lights and car parts.

    Some of the new uses for your old batteries include:

    • Recycling nickel to produce stainless steel
    • Recycling acid to form sodium sulphate, which is used to make detergents, glass and textiles
    • The production of new batteries, fertilisers, waste bins and plant pots.
  • Fluoro tubes and globes keyboard_arrow_right

    Because they contain mercury, fluorescent lamps are damaging if they end up in landfill - so let us take care of them for you.

    While the risk of mercury poisoning from broken lights is low, 95% of mercury contained in waste lights in Australia end up in landfills which poses a significant environmental concern.

    Over time, mercury converts to methylmercury, a toxic chemical that spreads into the environment through the air, water and soil.

    The mercury from one fluorescent tube is enough to pollute 30,000 litres of water. But to eliminate the risk, fluorescent lights can be safely collected and recycled, creating positive uses for potentially dangerous products.

    You can dispose of your waste lights for free by separating them and placing them in the correct receptacles at the Albury Recycling Centre.

    • Lamps that can be recycled are:
    • Compact fluorescent lamps
    • Fluorescent U-tubes
    • Linear fluorescent lamps
    • Mercury vapour lamps
    • Metal halide lamps
    • Sodium vapour lamps
    • UV lamps
    • LED tubes
  • Gas bottles keyboard_arrow_right

    Gas bottles that can no longer be refilled can be recycled for scrap metal

    Gas bottles that are unfit for reuse can be recycled. High pressure gas bottles pose a significant safety hazard if compacted in landfill.

    You can recycle your unwanted gas bottle for free at the Albury Recycling Centre.

    Gas bottles have residual gas captured for reuse. Undamaged bottles are retested, restamped and entered into the hire industry. Damaged bottles are punctured and recycled as scrap metal.

    Please do NOT put gas bottles into your kerbside bins as they pose a significant safety hazard if compacted in landfill.

  • Fire extinguishers are made from steel that can be fully recycled, while smoke detectors contain batteries and harmful materials. As long as they’re not generated by business or commercial use, you can dispose of them at the Albury Recycling Centre for no charge.

    Like gas bottles, fire extinguishers are made from steel which is 100% recyclable, and can be recycled for scrap metal.

    Smoke Detectors contain batteries and in some cases harmful content that could react if it comes into contact with other materials.

    To dispose of these items correctly, simple place them in marked container at the recycling centre.

    Charges apply to commercial operators disposing of fire extinguishers.

Upcycle and Recycle Shop

Operated by not-for-profit group, Aware Programs, the upcycle and recycle shop gives new life to old household goods, and also provides valuable employment and training to the supported workforce sector.

Aware’s team includes local people with disabilities, long-term job seekers and people who are retraining for new careers.

You can deliver unwanted household items such as bikes, books, furniture, tools and toys to the Albury Recycling Centre.

The team at the Upcycle Shop will offer these goods for sale at bargain prices to the community so why not check it out to see if that pre-loved item is right for you?

The Upcycle and Recycle shop also offers low-grade mulch for a small donation and five kg bags of kindling for just $5. The team also transforms waste such as timber pallets into furniture and other useful items.

The Upcycle and Recycle shop is located within the Albury Recycling Centre which is part of the Albury Waste Management Centre and can be accessed via Mudge Street, just past Canine Country Kennels.