Kerbside Collection

Overview

Pile of recyclable material  

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 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 6am and be spaced one metre away from other wheelie bins.

Please note properties within the CBD boundary are ineligible for wheelie bin recycling and waste collection services.

Prepaid bags are available either individually or in bundles of ten from the Council's Customer Service Centre

Kerbside Recycling

In an effort to minimise the municipality's contribution to landfill, the City of Launceston encourages people to consider recycling wherever possible. 

Kerbside Recycling Guide(PDF, 113KB)

Below is more information about how to recycle but if you have any questions, please contact us

What can be placed in your recycling wheelie bin (yellow lidded):

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

Other items that can be recycled:

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 LINC 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 Centre and accepts whole, securely wrapped, fluoro bulbs and tubes.

Household batteries, including AAs, AAAs and button barriers: a collection is located in Customer Service.

Polystyrene: Polystyrene packaging (as found around new TVs, Fridges etc.) can be left at the Launceston Waste Centre and Transfer Station. Please note this material CAN NOT go in a kerbside recycling bin.  

Soft Plastics: This includes plastic bags, bubble wrap, food bags, plastic film and plastic wrap. These items can all be left at the Waste Centre and Transfer Station. Soft plastics can then be recycled and made into items such as wheelie bins and plastic decking. Please note this material CAN NOT go in a kerbside recycling bin.   

Recycling Education

Through the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group, the City of Launceston have two Recycling Education Officers who can visit schools, residents, community groups and businesses to provide advice and education about recycling. 

They are also able to travel to Dorset, West Tamar, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands and George Town council areas.

If you'd like more information please contact us

Collection Dates

Most homes and businesses around the Launceston municipality will have a general waste wheelie bin and recycle wheelie bin.

Find out when your bins will be collected, go to the Recycling and Waste Pickup Day map and enter your address to find out collection dates. 

If you have registered for Council's Hard Waste service, find out when your waste will be collected here.

Visit Rethink Waste Tasmania for information on what should go in to your bins.

Missed collections sometimes occur and the most common reasons are:

  • Bins placed on the kerbside after 6am
  • Items were hidden and the driver didn't seem them possibly blocked from view by a parked car
  • Incorrect of overflowing bin
  • Wrong material set out (or non-recyclable material in the recycling container)
  • Item presents a health and safety concern to the driver
  • Garbage of bulky items has not been properly prepared

If your bin hasn't been emptied by 3pm on your normal collection day and non of the above apply, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 6323 3000.

To report any issues or if you have any queries with the collection service, please contact us.

Disability and Injury Support

The City of Launceston provides a waste collection service for eligible people with disabilities or injuries.

If your residence is 20 metres or less from the road and you don't have someone living with you who is capable of putting your wheelie bin out, you may be eligible for this service.

Please contact us to find out if you're eligible.

Once you know you are eligible for the service, please complete this application form(PDF, 30KB) to register for the service.

Food Organics and Garden Organics Collection

Food scraps

Everyone who receives a kerbside recycling service in the urban areas of Lilydale and Launceston (except the CBD) is eligible for the City of Launceston's voluntary kerbside Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection.

A one-off registration fee of $65.00 applies.

Users of the service will receive a kitchen caddy, a 240L (green lid) wheelie bin, and instructions for what can be placed in the bin and what can't.

A guide to Launceston's new organic waste service is available here(PDF, 885KB) and answers to frequently asked questions is available here(PDF, 183KB)

Register online now

  1. Is your property in the collection area?  Check by viewing the map here.  Your address will appear if it is in the FOGO collection area.
  2. Agree to the Terms and Conditions - Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service users are required to keep the organics free from contamination by following the instructions provided with the FOGO bin and keeping the bin free of packaged food or green waste bags and plastic bags (even if marked as biodegradable or compostable).

To acknowledge that you have read and accept the terms and conditions and to proceed to online registration, click here. We will send you a registration acknowledgement and request for payment within 5 days of receiving your registration.

Phone registration 

To register by phone, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000.  

What is FOGO?

Acceptable in your FOGO bin: 

FOGO item list

- Meat, bones and fish
- Dairy
- Fruit
- De-packaged out of date food
- Branches
- Hair and fur
- Weeds
- Grass Clippings
- Small garden waste (leaves, flowers etc.)
- Pizza boxes
- Paper (newspapers, paper towel, junk mail etc.)

Not acceptable in your FOGO bin:

- Green waste in bags*
- Plastic bags*
- Packaged food

(*even if the bag is marked as biodegradable or compostable)

Watch this short video for a FOGO demonstration:

  

Hard Waste

Hard Waste refers to items that can't be placed in the regular kerbside collection.

The City of Launceston's Hard Waste Collection Service is an opportunity for residents to dispose of such items, but please remember to register.

Key dates for the 2017 Hard Waste service

REGISTRATIONS CLOSED ON 28 FEBRUARY

If you registered on line up to three days prior to the closing date, please allow until close of business on Friday 3 March to receive your registration confirmation. 

March 14 - collections commence

Conditions

  • Only registered items will be collected
  • Items must be placed out no earlier than the day before collection day and no later than 6am on the morning of the collection day
  • Items will be collected on your normal waste collection day NOT on your recycling day
  • Items not placed out for the scheduled collection day will not be collected
  • Items will not be collected from within property boundaries or inside fences, porches, or any location other than the nature strip or footpath immediately adjacent to the property
  • Items will be collected on your scheduled collection day even if it is raining
  • Maximum weights for each item apply - two people must be able to safely lift each item
  • Maximum lengths apply - items must not exceed 1.5m in length
  • The total volume of items must not exceed two cubic metres per property – this is approximately the space of an average dining table
  • Any items registered for collection that have a door, e.g. cupboards, fridges and washing machines, must have the doors removed and placed neatly beside the item
  • No hazardous or prohibited items may be left out for collection. Items that will not be collected include:
    • asbestos
    • tyres and engine blocks
    • green waste (including tree branches, tree stumps and lawn clippings)
    • liquids (including paint, chemicals and oils)
    • broken glass
    • gas cylinders
    • loose rubble (including bricks)
    • batteries
    • mattresses
    • food or items that will decay


Find out when your registered hard waste will be collected: Hard Waste Collection Day map

Please contact us if you have any questions about Council's Hard Waste service. 

FAQs

What can be placed in your recycling wheelie bin (yellow lidded)?
Aluminium cans
Glass bottles
Metal food cans
Paper, newspaper, cardboard
Plastic containers

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.

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.

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

Can I change the size of my kerbside garbage wheelie bin?
Yes you can. Details, charges and application information is detailed in this document, Request to change wheelie bin size(PDF, 71KB). Simply complete and return 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. An administration fee and additional waste charges through the property's annual rates will apply.

More information about fees and applying for additional bins is available here. Additional bin requests will be processed on receipt of the relevant completed form and 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, 66KB) 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, 73KB) and return it to the Council's Customer Service Centre.

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, contact us 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 LINC 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 Centre and accepts whole, securely wrapped, fluoro bulbs and tubes.

Household batteries, including AAs, AAAs and button barriers: a collection is located in Customer Service.

Polystyrene: Polystyrene packaging (as found around new TVs, Fridges etc.) can be left at the Launceston Waste Centre and Transfer Station. Please note this material CAN NOT go in a kerbside recycling bin.  

Soft Plastics: This includes plastic bags, bubble wrap, food bags, plastic film and plastic wrap. These items can all be left at the Waste Centre and Transfer Station. Soft plastics can then be recycled and made into items such as wheelie bins and plastic decking. Please note this material CAN NOT go in a kerbside recycling bin.   

Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group

In September 2007, all eight participating councils of Northern Tasmanian Development (NTD), including the City of Launceston, committed to a waste management agreement for northern Tasmania.

This included a commitment that the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group (NTWMG) be responsible for delivering waste and recycling programs on behalf of the region's member councils.

The NTWMG works to achieve improvements in waste reduction and resource recovery, improve regional cooperation and coordination of waste services, oversee waste management policy setting and service delivery, and coordinate community education.

The NTWMG's work is guided by the Northern Tasmanian Regional Waste Management Strategy: 2012-2017.

Member councils:

  • Break O'Day Council
  • Dorset Council
  • Flinders Council
  • George Town Council
  • City of Launceston
  • Meander Valley Council
  • Northern Midlands Council
  • West Tamar Council

For more information on the NTWMG and waste and recycling in Tasmania check out Rethink Waste