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The Launceston City Council aims to provide efficient, reliable and sustainable garbage and recycling services to meet the needs of the community.

Household rubbish is collected weekly and recyclable materials (which includes paper and cardboard) are collected fortnightly. Wheelie Bins must be placed out on the curb before 6.00am and be spaced 1m away from other wheelie bins.

View information on your collection date for:

Kerbside recycling 2014 - Monday
Kerbside recycling 2014 - Tuesday
Kerbside recycling 2014 - Wednesday
Kerbside recycling 2014 - Thursday
Kerbside recycling 2014 - Friday
Rural kerbside recycling 2014 - Monday
Rural kerbside recycling 2014 - Tuesday

Alternatively call Council's Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000 to find out when recycling is collected from your area.

Agreement - Off-Street Waste / Recycling Collection Services (PDF 57KB)
What can and can't be placed in your Recycling Wheelie Bin
The Recycling Chart (PDF 2.6MB) shows what can and can't be placed in your Recycling Wheelie Bin.

Containers must be empty, have lids removed, be free of contents and preferably be rinsed to remove content residue.

Containers that have held poisons, toxic or hazardous materials or highly flammable oils, spirits or solvents cannot be recycled.

Recycling at the Launceston Waste Centre
Did you know you can recycle at the Launceston Waste Centre in Remount Road? In addition, you can recycle scrap metals, car batteries, gas cylinders, E-waste (computers, televisions, amplifiers etc), waste motor oil and cooking oil at the Launceston Waste Centre.


Properties and uses of plastics

Name of plastic
Some uses for virgin plastic
Some uses for plastic made from recycled waste plastic
Polyethylene terephthalate PET (1)
Clear tough plastic, may be used as a fibre.
Soft drink and mineral water bottles, filling for sleeping bags and pillows, textile fibres.
Soft drink bottles, (multi-layer) detergent bottles, clear film for packaging, carpet fibres, fleece jackets.
High density polyethylene
HDPE (2)
Very common plastic, usually opaque or coloured
(coloured cannot be recycled at present).
Crinkly shopping bags, freezer bags, milk and dairy produce, bottles for shampoo and cleaners, milk crates, coloured recycling crates.
Compost bins, detergent bottles, crates, wheelie bins (90 2-litre bottles in each 140 litre MGB), agricultural pipes, pallets, black kerbside recycling crates.
polyvinyl chloride
UPVC (3)
Plasticised polyvinyl chloride
PPVC (3)
Hard rigid plastic, may be clear.
Flexible, clear, elastic plastic.
Clear cordial and juice bottles, blister packs, plumbing pipes and fittings.
Garden hose, shoe soles, blood bags and tubing.
Detergent bottles, hoses, tiles, plumbing pipes and fittings.
Low density polyethylene
LDPE (4)
Soft, flexible plastic.
Lids of icecream containers, garbage bags, bins and wheelie bins, black plastic sheet.
Film for builders, industry, packaging and plant nurseries, bags.
PP (5)
Hard, but flexible plastic - many uses.
Icecream containers, potato crisp bags, drinking straws, hinged lunch boxes cordial and sauce bottles.
Compost bins, kerbside recycling crates, wheelie bin lids, worm factories.
Includes all other plastics, including acrylic and nylon.

Recycle books

The Launceston Library is happy to accept donations of gently used books, books on tape, music cassettes, CDs and videos. Donations may be left at the Launceston Library or call 03 6336 2625 if you need to arrange collection.
The Library reuses the books in three ways; by adding them to the lending collection; selling them at the annual March book sale (the money raised is used to buy new books); or recycling the paper.
Book recycling is a joint community project between Launceston Library, the Friends of the Library Launceston and the Lions Club of Launceston, Riverside.
Recycle family papers and photographs

Are you having a clean out? Do you have old family papers, memorabilia or photographs you don't wish to keep?  

The Launceston Library is more than happy to have them. They will be catalogued and stored in archival quality boxes to stop them deteriorating and they could be of use to people in the future who wish to study their family history.
Recycle mobile phones and their batteries
Mobile phones and mobile batteries cannot be recycled in your normal recycling wheelie bins. Bring them into the Council's Customer Service Centre and dispose of them in the Mobile Muster Collection Box.

Recycle printer and copier toner cartridges
Old printer/copier toner cartridges can be recycled by Australian Laser Charge.

For more information call 1800 687 660 or visit the  Australian Laser Change website.