Waste and Recycling Services
Council’s Waste Service aims to deliver a sustainable waste management system. In quantitative terms, Council is aiming to, as a minimum, achieve the 2014 New South Wales Waste and Resource Recovery target of 66% diversion of waste from landfill and commence achievement of the 2022 target of 70%.
Cessnock Waste Management Strategy 2014-19
Cessnock City Council (Council) has developed a Waste Management Strategy (Strategy) for 2014-2019. The process of developing the strategy has involved developing targets and objectives for this period of time, then reviewing all current waste generation trends, waste infrastructure and service characteristics to identify the means by which these objectives can be achieved. This information has been assembled in a Review Report.
Cessnock Waste Management Centre Upgrade
Construction of the new Waster Transfer Station at the Waste Management Centre is underway. To find out more visit the upgrade page.
Four Waste Vouchers are issued per financial year to all residential properties that receive a domestic waste service. Vouchers are attached to the first rates notice issued in July each year. The following conditions of use apply:
- Each voucher has a nominal weight of 500 kg and can only be used for domestic household waste.
- Vouchers cannot be used for disposing of mattresses, tyres or hazardous waste items.
- Vouchers expire on 31 July in the year after issue.
- Vouchers must be presented at the time of disposal.
- No replacement vouchers will be issued in any event of loss including being stolen, never received, sent to owner/landlord and not passed onto tenant.
- Each voucher is given a unique bar code ensuring that tip vouchers cannot be transferred. Resale of vouchers issued may result in the user being identified and the voucher rendered void. The voucher system is designed to assist residents manage their domestic waste disposal responsibly and abuse of this service, such as on-selling, may result in the system being withdrawn.
Commercial waste services do not include vouchers.
Alternative Waste Arrangements
For residents outside the waste service area alternate service arrangements are available through a self haul voucher system using the forms below.
Landfill Environment Monitoring and Pollution Incident Response
Cessnock Waste and Reuse Centre (Council's landfill) operates in accordance with an Environment Protection Licence (EPL), administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The licence requires Council to have a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) and perform certain environmental monitoring to ensure the landfill is having minimal impact on the environment.
Details of mandatory environmental monitoring and the PIRMP can be found here.