Rubbish and Recycling

Waste Management and Minimisation

The Far North District Council is committed to managing and minimising solid waste and protecting the environment by reducing the use of landfills for waste disposal in our District in accordance with the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. As required by the Act, we have reviewed our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan to ensure we continue to work towards our solid waste targets. The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan expects us to waste nothing of value or use while working towards zero waste and we are guided by the Solid Waste Bylaw 2016. 

Questions and answers

Why do I pay for rubbish at council transfer stations?

Rubbish disposal is user pays so that people who generate most rubbish pay the most. Over the holiday season, the Far North’s rubbish volume almost doubles for three months. User pays means visitors pay their fair share for rubbish disposal.

I live in a rural area - how do I get my rubbish collected?

Kerbside collections don’t cover all rural roads. If the waste company doesn’t pick up from outside your property you can put your bag at the nearest approved collection point  – often at road intersections or lay-bys. These are marked by collection point signs.

Where do I take my recycling?

You can find your nearest transfer station here (PDF). Council is working on expanding the network of refuse transfer stations and community recycling centres so the majority of residents will be within a 15 minute drive from a recycling centre.

Do I pay for recycling?

No, there is no charge for recycling plastics numbered 1 and 2. The number identifying the plastic is normally found on the bottom of the bottle or container. All other plastics should be included in household rubbish. Media release: Council stations to stop recycling some plastics.

Why does it cost extra to leave a prepaid rubbish bag at a transfer station?

Prices for rubbish bags at transfer stations are set by Council at $3 per bag. This charge goes toward waste disposal at landfill, processing of recycling, staffing and maintenance of the transfer station. The money from prepaid bags goes to the waste company, not to Council.

Why are kerbside rubbish bags cheaper than transfer station rubbish bags?

The kerbside rubbish and recycling collections in the Far North District are a user pays service provided by waste companies who decide what they will charge for the collection. This cost doesn’t include a free recycling service or the staffing and maintenance of transfer stations so they are cheaper.

What are the fees for using the transfer stations for dumping rubbish?

  • Per bag (standard 65L) $3.00
  • Oversized bag (130L) $6.00
  • Wheelie bin (240L) $11.00
  • Loose material per m3 $46.00
  • Compacted and heavy material per m3 $74.50
  • Green waste m3 $22.00

What can I recycle?

Free recycling

It is free to recycle the following at Council refuse transfer stations and community recycling centres.

  • Aluminium/tin cans.
    Please rinse cans. No foil food containers.
  • Plastics numbered 1.
    Clear and coloured bottles, clean clear meat trays. Please note, these must have the number 1 recycling symbol.
  • Plastics numbered 2.
    Milk and cream bottles (including Anchor products), and opaque, non-coloured cleaning product containers. Please note these must have the number 2 recycling symbol

The number identifying the plastic is normally found on the bottom of the bottle or container. All other plastics should be included in household rubbish.  

  • Cardboard and paper.
    Flatten cardboard, no tetrapaks, no plastic or wax coated cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars.
    Please separate colours Brown, Green, Clear NOTE: window, frosted, crystal or reinforced glass not accepted.
  • Waste oil 
  • Whiteware and scrap metal
    Refuse transfer stations and Landfill sites ONLY
  • Wet cell and dry cell batteries



Council subsidises the recycling of eWaste because it contains heavy metals and other toxic materials that we want to keep out of our environment. Charges at refuse transfer stations are as follows:

  • TV’s CRT $10.00
  • TV’s Flat Screen $10.00
  • Computer CRT $10.00
  • Monitors LCD $5.00
  • PC’s 
  • Desktop/laptop/Server $5.00 each
  • UPS’s $5.00
  • Laptop Batteries $5.00
  • Network Equipment $5.00


Greenwaste is accepted at some transfer stations at a cost of $22 per cubic metre

Refer to the information sheet about transfer stations to see which accept green waste. Note that the branch diameter must be 75mm or less. Vegetation that is not accepted includes flax, toi toi, bamboo, pampas grass, phoenix palm or cabbage tree.


Tyres are accepted for recycling at a cost depending on their size (see fees and charges). Whole tyres cannot be accepted as rubbish because they are unsuitable for landfill. Charges at refuse transfer stations are as follows (cost per tyre):

  • Motorcycle tyre $3.50
  • Passenger car tyres $5.00
  • Light truck and 4x4 tyres $8.00
  • Truck tyres $16.00
  • Tractor and super single $23.00

Earth mover tyres not accepted.

Business / Commercial recycling

Council encourages all businesses to minimise waste to landfill by recycling and recovery. 

Agricultural Plastic Recycling

For more information view the Agricultural Plastic Recycling scheme run by Plasback.