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Recycling and Waste

Rubbish Collection Truck in actionThe Hobart City Council aims to provide efficient, reliable and sustainable waste services to meet the needs of the community.

Waste is collected from residential and commercial properties on a weekly basis, whilst recyclables are collected fortnightly.

Waste can cause pollution and impact on our environment if not properly managed. Disposing of waste that cannot be otherwise avoided, reused or recycled also represents a waste of resources, lost opportunity and a loss of money.

Hobart City Council works in partnership with government, industry and community sectors to facilitate sustainable solutions for waste management. Council's landfill site operates from McRobies Gully in South Hobart, where electricity generation from landfill gas has commenced with the commissioning of a 1 megawatt generator by AGL.

To find out your collection day for waste (weekly) and recycling (fortnightly) please refer to the Kerbside Calendar and the Kerbside Services Zones

Upcoming services

Council provides various waste minimisation and management services to the community.  Please find below dates for upcoming services, such as kerbside green waste collections and free entry weekends to the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre.

Date to be advised   General waste free entry weekend into McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre.  This is for Hobart residents only and only domestic quantities of waste materials will be accepted, such as a standard ute or box trailer.  To gain free entry, simply show your drivers licence to the Tollbooth operator to verify you are a resident of Hobart.  Please note that this free entry period does not apply to wastes such as tyres, paints, chemicals, asbestos, other hazardous wastes or any other commerical wastes.

Kerbside Green waste collection service.  Organic materials will be collected (up to 2m3) on your usual waste collection day during the week of 24-28 March 2014.

Residents are advised that the Hobart City Council has ceased providing a kerbside annual cleanup service.  The contributing factors for ceasing this service where the low participation rates from residents compared to the costs to conduct the service and occupational health and safety issues for residents, commuters and contractors involved in the collection process.

Council now offers free entry weekends for general mixed waste and green waste and scheduled dates are available at the Free Entry Weekend page.

Community Pickup Service

The Hobart City Council's Tip Shop provider, Resource Work Co-operative, provide a community pickup service.  The service will collect a range of materials free of charge for reuse and recycling.  For more information on this service, please see the attached Resource Community Pickup Service flyer.

Waste Strategies

The Hobart City Council has prepared a Waste Management Strategy 2010-15, to provide the framework for addressing the issues surrounding waste management within the Hobart City Council municipality.  It addresses key issues such as waste minimisation, service provision, infrastructure and sustainability, and sets out goals and actions.  The Waste Management Strategy 2010-15 can be viewed here.

A Strategic Operating Plan for the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre 2010-15 has been developed to complement the Waste Management Strategy.  This plan provides information, actions and outcomes for many factors relevant to the operation of the waste management centre, such as legislative requirements, asset management, landfilling operations, and post closure, and can be viewed here.

Other Services

Much of the waste from building and development projects is a valuable resource and able to be diverted from landfill for re-use, recycling, or reprocessing if delivered to the landfill appropriately.  There are many ways a developer or builder can reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill, which provides both finanical and environmental benefits.  The attached Ten Tips for Minimising Waste flyer provides information on some of the ways you can benefit from separating wastes at building sites.

Worm farming is another great way to compost food scraps. Worms are extremely productive, they will eat most of your kitchen waste and turn it into a high-quality fertiliser, which can be added to your garden soil and your potted or indoor plants. Visit the Composting and Worm Farms page for more information.

Dry-cell batteries (for example, AA batteries), mobile phones and their batteries can be dropped off free of charge, at the designated containers located within Council's Customer Service Centre at 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.  These batteries are collected and sent for recycling.

Fees and Charges

For information on fees and charges please refer to our Fees and Charges page.

Ewaste - dropoff at Resource Work Cooperative Tip Shop

Ewaste is able to be delivered to the Resource Work Cooperative Tip Shop at the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre for reuse and recycling.  Most ewaste products are very difficult to handle and process, and as such require a significant amount of time and resources to ensure recycling is undertaken.  Ewaste can be recycled at mainland facilities, however this is an extremely expensive process, at around $1,500 per tonne.

To assist Council and the Tip Shop to ensure ewaste is recycled and kept out of landfill, the Tip Shop will request people provide a gold coin fee when dropping off ewaste items.  All Tip Shop ewaste fees collected will go towards the Tip Shop's ewaste recycling program.  The Tip Shop ewaste fee will be applicable as from 1 April 2012.

For further information contact the Tip Shop on 6224 8669.

Landfill Rehabilitation Levy

The landfill at McRobies Gully is nearing the end of its capacity.  Prior to the end of its life, the landfill is required to be rehabilitated and ratepayers have been asked to pay a levy to assist with the rehabilitation costs.  The Levy will apply for seven years, until 2018 and will be charged via property owners' annual rates notice. 

Customer Service Centre

16 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Office Hours: Mon–Fri 8.15am–5.15pm
Telephone (03) 6238 2711
Email hcc@hobartcity.com.au

Postal address

Town Hall, Macquarie St
GPO Box 503
Hobart Tasmania 7001