Does recycling go to landfill?

    NO! After collection, recycling is transported and processed at the ReGroup Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Hume, ACT and does NOT go to landfill. 

    What happens after the recycling is processed?

    What happens after the recycling is processed?

    ·  Paper & Cardboard - All fibre products are transported to the Visy paper mill in Tumut for processing into recycled product

    ·  Glass is converted into sand, which is used in local civil markets for a variety of purposes including road base

    ·  PET Plastic (e.g. soft drink bottles) usually transported to Sydney for remanufacture

    ·  HDPE Plastic (e.g. milk bottles) usually is sent to Narrabri for remanufacturing

    ·  Mixed Plastic is traditionally sold as feedstock to international markets

    ·  Aluminium is usually sent to an aluminium smelter in QLD

    ·  Steel is traditionally sold as feedstock to international markets

    ·  Contaminated recycling is separated from recycling at the MRF and disposed of at the Mugga Lane landfill

    Please visit Council’s website for more information.

    Why is my red lidded bin small?

    You can reduce the amount of waste in your red lidded landfill bin by following the 5 R’s of zero waste. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

    Some helpful hints may include.

    Refuse purchase only what you need. Additionally you could refuse single use items that you don’t need such as plastic bags, straws and fresh produce wrapped in plastic.

    Reduce the amount of waste you produce, choose products with less packaging and/or buy in bulk where possible. Buy products that will last a lifetime. Grow your own food.

    Reuse items you already have of buying new or using single-use products. Use a reusable coffee cup or straw. Choose rechargeable batteries instead of single-use and try using reusable cloths instead of paper towels.

    Recycle all items that you cannot reuse instead of sending them to in landfill. This includes using Community Recycling Centers and recycling facilities that accept those hard to recycle items which cannot be recycled as part your kerbside collection service, such as fluorescent tubes, batteries, electronics and soft plastics.

    Rot by composting your organic material at home or using your lime green lidded food and garden organics bin where applicable. 

    I’m not in an area that has a lime green lidded food and garden organics (FOGO) bin, when will I get a FOGO bin?

    Council is currently in the process of upgrading our composting facility to allow for an increased volume of production. This upgrade will need to be completed before we can expand our FOGO services to other areas of the region.

    In 2019 Council undertook an analysis of the composting operations. This identified that the facility was not able to accept the extra volume of material that an expansion of FOGO bins would produce. The design and planning approval for the upgrade to the facility is underway and will take a minimum of two years for a facility of this size and nature.

    Should I follow the recycling sticker on my yellow lidded bin?

    No! What can be recycled in your yellow lidded recycling bin can sometimes change due to what the materials recovery facility can receive. The sticker on your yellow lidded recycling bin may not have the most up to date recycling information. The best source of information for what can be recycled is recent information supplied by Council. Please visit Council’s website for what can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin.

    Should I follow the triangle “recycling” symbols on plastic packaging?

    No! The triangle “recycling” symbol on plastic packaging is NOT a recycling symbol. This triangle is a plastic identification symbol which identifies the type of plastic a product is made from. Council yellow lidded recycling bins can only accept plastic types 1, 2, 3 and 5. Please visit here for more information. 

    Can I follow the Australasian Recycling Label?

    Yes! The new Australasian Recycling Label can be referred to for correct recycling information. The Australasian Recycling Label is a label which shows what can be done with each piece of a package to dispose of it in the best way.

    Please visit Council’s website for more information on the Australasian Recycling Label. 

    Why can’t I place recyclable items in a bag or box?

    Recycling placed inside plastic bags or boxes goes as waste to landfill as contamination. The sorting process at the materials recycling facility means that staff are unable to open bags for safety reasons and so bagged material gets removed from the conveyor belt as contamination. 

    Keeping items loose ensures that the material can be sorted properly.


    Why do I have to wash containers? Won’t rinsing waste water?

    Keeping recyclables clean is important to ensuring they can be processed effectively and are able to be sold in competitive markets. We need people to wipe, scrape or rinse out food and drink containers before placing containers in the recycling bin.

    Rinsing containers under a running tap can waste water, so it is recommended that you add the empty containers to your daily dish washing pile, they can be cleaned with the water you are already using.

    Will you consider waste to energy (WTE) or alternative waste treatment (AWT) facilities as part of the waste strategy?

    No. Council has previously considered the potential feasibility of these waste management options in our local government area. Both of these waste management options were deemed not suitable for Council due to scale and economic and feasibility.

    Is recycling the end goal?

    Council also encourages the reduction of all waste streams. This includes recycling.

    Does recycling collected in the Snowy Monaro go to landfill?

    No! After collection, recycling is transported to the ReGroup Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Hume, ACT for processing and does NOT go to landfill. For more information visit Where does my Recycling Go? https://www.snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au/1330/Where-does-my-Recycling-Go 

    Around 90-95% of materials processed through the ACT MRF (paper, cardboard, glass, steel and aluminium) are sold to domestic markets. Paper and cardboard, which makes up around 45-55% of the material (by weight) are sent to a pulp and paper mill in Tumut NSW to produce recycled paper products.  Glass, which makes up around 30-35% of the material processed is ground into sand and sold locally and interstate.  Other materials such as (HDPE and PET plastics, aluminium and steel), are sold to a variety of end-users based on market demand. 

    For more info see: https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/recyclopaedia/canberras-recycling-story 

    I’m not in an area that has a lime green lidded food and garden organics (FOGO) bin, when will I get a FOGO bin?

    Council is committed to expanding this service to other townships, however, the composting facility at the Cooma Landfill site must undergo upgrading to allow for an increase in production. Council is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement that will be submitted as part of the approval process and the design and planning approval for the upgrade to compost facility is underway. 

    Should I follow the recycling information found on:

    a. My yellow lidded bin?

    No! A lot of the bins are older and information on lids has changed. The best source of information for what can be recycled can be found in educational material supplied by Council (e.g. Council’s Resource and Waste collections calendar). 

    Please visit Council’s website What Can I Recycle or contact our Resource and Waste Education Department on 1300 345 345 to learn about what can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin.https://www.snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au/288/What-Can-I-Recycle


    b. The triangle “recycling” symbols on plastic packaging? 

    No! The triangle “recycling” symbol on plastic packaging is NOT a recycling symbol, the triangle is a plastic identification symbol which identifies the type of plastic a product is made from. 

    Councils yellow lidded recycling bins can currently only accept household packaging plastic-type numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5. Please visit What Can I Recycle for more information. 

    https://www.snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au/288/What-Can-I-Recycle


    c. The Australasian Recycling Label?
     Yes!
     The new Australasian Recycling Label can be referred to for correct recycling information. The Australasian Recycling Label shows what can be done with each piece of packaging so that it can be disposed of most appropriately.

    Please visit Council’s website Australasian Recycling Label for more information. https://www.snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au/1410/Australasian-Recycling-Label 


    d. Should I dispose of batteries in my red bin?

    No! Batteries should be disposed of correctly for FREE at Council offices or waste facilities to allow them to be recycled. Batteries contain vital resources and should be recycled. Batteries disposed of in landfill have the potential to start fires when compaction occurs.

    Has Council considered waste to energy (WTE) or alternative waste treatment (AWT) facilities as part of the waste strategy?

    Council has previously considered the potential feasibility of these waste management options in our local government area. Both of these waste management options were deemed unsuitable for Council due to scale and economic feasibility.

    Is recycling the end goal?

    Council encourages the reduction of all waste streams and diversion from landfill. This includes recycling. 


    You can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by following the 5 Rs of zero waste. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

    Refuse purchase only what you need. Additionally, you could refuse single-use items that you don’t need such as plastic bags, straws and fresh produce wrapped in plastic.

    Reduce the amount of waste you produce, choose products with less packaging and/or buy in bulk where possible. Buy products that will last a lifetime. Grow your food at home.

    Reuse items you already have by buying new or using single-use products. Use a reusable coffee cup or straw. Choose rechargeable batteries instead of single-use and try using reusable cloths instead of paper towel.

    Recycle all items that you cannot reuse instead of sending them to landfill. This includes using Community Recycling Centres and recycling facilities that accept those hard to recycle items which cannot be recycled as part your kerbside collection service, such as fluorescent tubes, batteries, electronics and soft plastics.

    Rot by composting your organic material at home or using your lime green lidded food and garden organics bin where applicable. 

    What are my waste charges and what do they cover?

    Waste Management Charge applies to all rateable properties within the Snowy Monaro region. The charge assists Council in meeting the costs of providing waste transfer station facilities to the community, providing community waste education, household chemical collection days, operating the community recycling centres (including the mobile CRC), the cost of rehabilitating landfill legacy sites, providing waste disposal services to rural communities, clean up of illegal dumping activities and servicing of street litter bins.  These are elements of the services which the waste management department provides to all members of the community.


    Domestic Waste Collection Charges includes the collection, transport and disposal of waste.


    Domestic Recycling Collection Charges includes the collection, transport to and processing fees at the materials recovery facility. 


    Bank of Bins is an opt-in application only service available for residents who would prefer the benefits of dropping their domestic waste and recycling at a designated area instead of driving it to a waste facility.


    Landfill and Transfer Stations charge on a user pays principle. Charges are based on handling, processing, transport, disposal, and aftercare costs of these waste streams.

    Why wasn’t my bin collected?

    The collection routes are scheduled on days, not times as the collection vehicles may drive past your property very early in the morning. Your bins need to be presented kerbside/roadside the night before collection.

    Make sure bins are placed on the kerb with Council logo facing the road and wheels/handle towards the house. Keep bins 1 metre apart from each other and away from objects such as letterboxes, trees and parked cars.

    Heavily compacted waste can sometimes get stuck in your bin, ensure your waste and recycling will easily dislodge from your bin.



    When are my bins collected?

    A hard copy of the Resource and Waste calendar can be collected from all Council offices and waste facilities or you can download a copy from Council website, here

    Calendars can also be mailed out upon request. 

    * Waste is collected weekly. 

    * Recycling is collected fortnightly.

    * Food and Garden Organics is collected fortnightly (Cooma township only) 

    https://www.snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au/1326/Bin-Collection-Calendar

    Should I take my bins with me when I sell my house or move?

    No. All council issued bins remain the property of Council and are registered to a specific address and must remain at the property. Please do not relocate your bin. 

    There are no bins at my property. How can I get bins or receive a collection service?

    If you are renting, contact your real estate agent who will arrange bins for you.

    If you own the property, please call Council’s Resource and Waste Department on 1300 345 345 or email council@snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au to check your property status and organise a service. 


    In the case of a new build, you will need to provide an Occupancy Certificate for your property. This certificate is required by Council before the delivery of a new collection service.

    My bins are missing?

    To reduce the risk of your bins going missing, please ensure you present them on the kerb no earlier than the night before your collection day, and bring them in the same day after they have been emptied. If your bin/s are missing, please contact the Resource and Waste Department on 1300 345 345 for assistance. Bins that are not found or have been damaged, will be required to be replaced at the cost to the property owner.  

    My collection day falls on a public holiday. Will my bin be collected?

    Yes. There are no changes to bin collections on public holidays, except for Christmas day. If there are any changes to the collection days in your area alternative collections days will be advised at the earliest opportunity.

    How do I dispose of paint, batteries, fluorescent globes, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, cooking and other oils?

    You can drop off your unwanted paint or other household problem waste items FREE of charge at Council's Community Recycling Centres at either the Cooma or Jindabyne landfills. For more information, https://www.snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au/917/Community-Recycling-Centres

    or contact 1300 345 345. 

    Keep your eye out for Council’s Mobile Community Recycling Centre, which will be rotating between regional transfer stations. Please do not dispose of these items in your kerbside waste, recycling or organic bins.

    How do I dispose of my green waste?

    Cooma residents have a Food Organics and Garden Organics Kerbside Collection - which is collected fortnightly.

    All other areas can dispose of small amounts in your red lidded waste bin with your general household rubbish, larger amounts can drop off at your nearest waste facility. 

    Fees and charges for green waste disposal will be applied in accordance with Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges.

    Why doesn’t council do bulky waste collection?

    Bulky waste collections are under consideration in Council’s Resource and Waste Management Strategy which will be published later in 2020. For more information see https://yoursaysnowymonaro.com.au/inform-councils-resource-and-waste-management-strategy 

    How can I report illegal dumping?

    If you spot illegal dumping in NSW such as; used household items, old tyres, green waste or construction waste e.g. bricks and timber, you can report it online

    https://ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au/#/home or contact Council on 1300 345 345. 

    If there is an immediate environmental emergency such as toxic fumes or a large chemical spill, call 000 immediately.