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Kerbside Recycling and Waste collection

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

Household rubbish is collected weekly and recycling is collected fortnightly.

The Council provides burgundy coloured wheelie bins for garbage and recycling collection to all homes in the collection area. These bins are manufactured using recycled plastic. Wheelie bins must be placed out on the kerb before 6.00 am and be spaced one metre away from other wheelie bins.

Click here to view the recycling and garbage pickup day map.

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


Launceston Central Area Kerbside Collection Service - prepaid bags

Properties within the CBD boundary are ineligible for wheelie bin recycling and waste collection services. Prepaid bags are available either individually for $2.40 or in bundles of ten for $24.00 from the Council's Customer Service Centre.


Frequently Asked Questions

What can I put in my recycling wheelie bin (yellow lidded)?

The following materials can be placed in your recycling wheelie bin (yellow lidded): 

  • Aerosol cans - empty
  • Aluminium cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Metal food cans
  • Paper, newspaper, cardboard
  • Plastic containers

To find out more about what can go in your kerbside bins and what other options are available to you, click here to view the A-Z Guide to recycling and waste.

What can be put in the kerbside garbage wheelie bin?

Normal household waste and any solid non-toxic, non-hazardous waste. Small amounts of garden waste can also be put in the wheelie bin. All items must fit loosely in the bin so they fall out easily when the bin is tipped up to empty.

To find out more about what can go in your kerbside bins and what other options are available to you, click here to view the A-Z Guide to recycling and waste.

 

What can't be placed in the kerbside garbage wheelie bin?

Hot ashes, oil, paint, chemicals, solvents or other liquids, heavy builder's rubble, car parts, large timber, metal pieces, concrete or bricks, asbestos or other hazardous/toxic materials.

To find out more about what can go in your kerbside bins and what other options are available to you, click here to view the A-Z Guide to recycling and waste.

 

Which burgundy bin is which?

The burgundy bin with the burgundy lid is your rubbish bin. The burgundy bin with the yellow lid is your recycling bin.

 

Can I change the size of my kerbside garbage wheelie bin?

There are three kerbside garbage bins sizes – 85 litres ($111.00 per annum), the standard 140 litres ($141.00 per annum) and the 240 litres ($233.00 per annum). The cost of the bin is covered in your rates. If you decide to change the size of your bin you will be charged a $34.00 administration fee. If you would like to change your bin size, complete the request to change wheelie bin size form (PDF 81KB) and return it to Council's Customer Service Centre along with the required payment.

 

Can I change the number of wheelie bins at my property?

Residents can opt to have additional kerbside garbage and recycling bins at their property. The administration fee for additional bins is the same as for bin changes, being $34.00. Additional garbage and recycling bins will incur additional waste charges through the property's annual rates.

Complete the request to change quantity of wheelie bins form (PDF 78KB) and return it to the Council's Customer Service Centre with the required payment


I have constructed a new property. How do I get a new wheelie bin?

Complete the application for a new kerbside waste collection service form (PDF 84KB) and return it to the Council's Customer Service Centre.

 

My wheelie bin has been stolen. How do I get a replacement bin?

Complete the request to replace stolen wheelie bin form (PDF 82KB) and return it to the Council's Customer Service Centre. Alternatively, call the Council's Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000.

 

I am having difficulty handling my wheelie bins. Can I get assistance with my rubbish and recycling collection?

If you are having difficulties handing your wheelie bin, call the Council's Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000 to apply for assistance or click here to read more about the Council's disability assistance scheme.

 

What else can be recycled in Launceston? 

  • Books - the Launceston Library is happy to accept donations of gently used books, audio books, music cassettes, CDs and DVDs. Donations may be left at the Launceston Library or call 03 6336 2625 if you need to arrange a 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 the Launceston Library, the Friends of the Library and the Lions Club of Launceston and Riverside.

 

  • Family papers and photographs - the Launceston Library is more than happy to accept donations of unwanted family papers and photographs. 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.

  

  • Mobile phones and accessories - a Mobile Muster collection is located in Customer Service (Town Hall, St John Street, Launceston) and accepts all mobile phones and accessories for recycling.

 

  • Fluoro tubes and bulbs - a collection is located in Customer Service (Town Hall, St John Street, Launceston) and accepts whole, securely wrapped, fluoro bulbs and tubes.

 

  • Household batteries, including AAs, AAAs and button barriers - a collection is located in Customer Service (Town Hall, St John Street, Launceston).

 

Recycling and waste disposal at the Launceston Waste Centre

Did you know you can recycle bottles, glass, paper, cardboard and a range of packaging materials at the Launceston Waste Centre on Remount Road? In addition you can also recycle scrap metal, car batteries, gas cylinders, e-waste, motor oil, cooking oil and a range of other materials at the Launceston Waste Centre.

 

For more information on waste and recycling in Tasmania check out www.rethinkwaste.com.au