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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. 

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.

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 EPA's website.

The next event in Cessnock is on Saturday 8 April 2017 from 9am till 3.30pm at Council's Depot on Old Maitland Rd, Cessnock 

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

Dates for 2017 will be available when confirmed.

Alternatively mattresses can be taken to the Cessnock Waste Management Centre for disposal for a fee of $27.

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) for FREE at the Cessnock Waste Management Centre. The following electronic equipment is accepted:

  • TVs and DVDs
  • microwaves
  • computers, monitors and printers. 


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.