Household waste

Residents of the Central Coast are provided with a comprehensive recycling and waste service managed by Cleanaway Pty Ltd.  To find out more information or book a waste service, click on the relevant link below.

Domestic services

Recycling bin (yellow lid)

YES, you can recycle these itemsNO, you cannot recycle these items
Paper and cardboardPlastic bags
Rigid plastic bottles and containersCrockery and pyrex
Metal cans, aerosol cans and foil traysLong life containers
Green, brown and clear glass bottles and jarsDrinking glasses or broken glass
Shredded paper
Polystyrene foam
Food waste
The yellow lid bin is a 240 litre bin that is collected fortnightly.

Visit our recycling and disposal page for tips on recycling and information on how to dispose of items such as mattresses and e-waste.

Garden vegetation bin (green lid)

YES, you can dispose of these itemsNO, you cannot dispose of these items
Grass clippings and leavesRocks and soil
Flowers and weedsVegetable or other food waste
Prunings, twigs and branchesGarden hoses /Pots
Untreated timberTreated timber or lattice
Plants and small shrubsPlastic bags
Building materials
(properties east of the M1 Motorway only) The green bin is a 240 litre bin that is collected fortnightly.

Household garbage bin (red lid)

YES, you can dispose of these itemsNO, you cannot dispose of these items
Plastic bagsCar batteries
Polystyrene foamFire extinguishers
Disposable nappiesGas bottles
Ceramics and cookwareHazardous wastes
Food scrapsAsbestos
Light globesPaints and pesticides
Needles and syringes
The red bin is a 140 litre bin (or 240 litre bin upgrade on request) that is collected weekly.


Chargeable additional services

  • 140 litre general waste bin - collected weekly
  • 240 litre general waste bin - collected weekly
  • 240 litre recycle bin - collected fortnightly
  • 240 litre garden vegetation bin - collected fortnightly.
  • Additional kerbside collection of one cubic metre

Residents can request an additional service of their waste, recycling or garden vegetation bins. The additional service can take place on any requested week day. Payment must be made prior to 12pm the day before the additional service is required.

  • 140L waste bin $17.44
  • 240L waste bin $18.56
  • 240L recycle bin $17.44
  • 240L vegetation bin $17.44

Special conditions apply over the Christmas to New Year period. Contact Cleanaway on 1300 126 278 to book and for more information.

Waste facilities

Central Coast Council operates three waste management facilities for the disposal or recycling of domestic, commercial and green waste as well as some hazardous materials.

Waste and recycling tours

Central Coast Council and Cleanaway offer guided bus tours of your local waste management facilities. These tours are a great way to learn about how your local waste management facility operates, how your green waste is processed, how recycled materials are sorted and what happens with the recovered materials. Bookings are essential and places are limited.

For more information on waste and recycling tours, visit Cleanaway’s Waste & Recycling Tour page, email info@1coast.com.au or call 1300 126 278.

School & community groups may book a tour of the Buttonderry Waste Management Facility by completing an excursion booking form returning it to jodi.brown@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

Green Living Workshops

Our popular Green Living Workshops help residents reduce food waste and turn it into a great resource for your garden. Visit our Events page for more details.

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Last updated : Tue 31 Jul 2018