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Cessnock Recycling and Waste Directory

Find out how you can correctly dispose of materials for recycling that are not suitable to be placed in your bins in the Recycling and Waste Directory. Please note fees apply to some materials.

Mattress Drop Off

Mattresses take up a lot of space in landfill and they contain valuable materials like steel, timber and foam which can be recycled.

Council holds a free mattress drop off event in Autumn and Spring each year (dates will be added when they are confirmed). The location of these events alternates between Cessnock and Kurri Kurri. 

Conditions apply:

  • Cessnock City Council residents only - proof required
  • Four mattresses or bases accepted per household per year
  • Mattresses will not be accepted prior to 8 am or after 12 noon
  • No pedestrian access - vehicles only
  • Bulk or commercial quantities will not be accepted

Alternatively mattresses can be taken to the Cessnock Waste Management Centre for disposal for a fee of $30.

Recycle Stations

The following items require specialist recycling services to recover the metals and chemicals they contain:

  • Fluorescent tubes and household light bulbs
  • Household batteries
  • Mobile phones
  • Ink cartridges

You can drop them into one of the FREE Recycling Stations located at:

  • Council’s Administration Centre, 62-78 Vincent St, Cessnock
  • Kurri Kurri Library, Cnr Lang & Allworth Streets, Kurri Kurri
  • Cessnock Library*, 65-67 Vincent St, Cessnock

(*mobile phones no longer accepted at this location)

Electronic Waste Drop Off

Residents can drop off electronic waste (or e-waste) at the Cessnock Waste Management Centre.  E-waste is free for domestic customers, simply ask how to get a discount voucher when you drop off materials at the Community Recycling Centre. 

The following electronic equipment is accepted:

  • TVs and DVDs
  • computers, laptops, monitors and printers
  • CD drives, hardrives and cables

Household Chemical Cleanout

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event. CleanOut is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

The next Chemical CleanOut in Cessnock is scheduled for Saturday 12 May 2018 at Council's Works Depot Carpark on Old Maitland Rd, Cessnock from 9am till 3.30pm.

CleanOut events are held at locations throughout NSW on specified dates throughout the year. A full list of what can be taken to a Cleanout event and conditions of use are available on the CleanOut website.


Needles, syringes, lancets and other injection equipment should be disposed of correctly to minimise infection to others in the community. Find out how to correctly dispose of them on the Sharps page.


The DrumMUSTER program was initiated in 1998 to reduce the amount of chemical containers and associated risk of contamination going into landfill or being dumped on private properties.

Council has been involved in the collection of suitable containers since the inception of the program, with the first collection being run in 1999. A compound has been established at Council’s waste facility where containers suitable for recycling can be dropped off. The containers are then transported to a recycling facility. Approximately 14,000 containers have been collected for recycling, with approximately 1,400 currently awaiting collection for recycling.

Council runs the collection program year round, with those wishing to dispose of suitable containers being able to contact Council's Weeds Officers to arrange a drop off time.

For more information please visit or phone Customer Service on 4993 4100 and ask for one the Weeds Officers.


A number of these project are supported by the a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.