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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. 

Waste Vouchers

Four Waste Vouchers are issued per financial year to all properties that receive a waste service. 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.

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manage their waste disposal responsibly and abuse of this service, such as on-selling, may result in the system being withdrawn. 

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.

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