Recycling is a crucial part of the circular economy, ensuring precious materials are cycled back through the manufacturing process, rather than going straight to landfill.

The City of Launceston currently offer three opportunities to recycle various items:

  • Residential kerbside recycling bins, find out more here: Waste and Recycling Collection
  • The Recycling Shed at Launceston Waste Centre, find out more here: Waste Centres
  • The Recycle Hub at the City of Launceston Town Hall Customer Service Centre, find out more below.

For more information about how to dispose of household waste items, explore our A-Z Guide to Recycling and Waste below:

A-Z Guide to Recycling and Waste

For a detailed guide about the disposal of household items explore our A-Z Guide to Recycling and Waste below or print a copy here: A-Z Guide to Recycling and Waste(PDF, 74KB).

A to Z Guide to Recycling and Waste


Recycling at the Launceston Waste Centre

For more information about recyclable items accepted at the Launceston Waste Centre please visit this page or watch our recycling information video below. 

Rethink Waste Tasmania

Rethink Waste Tasmania encourages communities to rethink where their waste is going, and how we can best improve our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle goods - ultimately to avoid landfill. Rethink Waste is a statewide initiative working to significantly reduce the amount of waste ending up as landfill and creating a sustainable way to reduce the impact of waste on the environment. 

Visit Rethink Waste to find out more. 

The Recycle Hub

The City of Launceston's new Recycling Hub, located in the Town Hall Customer Service Centre, offers the public a convenient way to upcycle and recycle items that are not able to be recycled through the kerbside recycling program. 

Items include mobile phones, batteries, printer cartridges, small e-waste, plastic TerraCycle packaging (toothpaste tubes), unwanted medical x-rays, plastic bread tags, aluminium coffee pods, CD's & DVD's and eyeglasses. Explore how your items will be recycled and re-purposed through the Hub below.


Mobile Phones

Recycled by: MobileMuster

MobileMuster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry and is accredited by the federal government. It is voluntarily funded by all of the major handset manufacturers and network carriers, to provide a free mobile phone recycling program in Australia to the highest environmental standard.

The program is committed to raising awareness and educating the community on why it is important to recycle mobile phones.

  • Did you know that there are over 23 million unused mobile phones in people's homes across Australia? It is estimated that only 12% of mobile phones are recycled.
  • If you had a million mobile phones you could recover 30kgs of gold ($198K), 300kg ($230K) of silver and over 10,000kgs ($50K) of copper.
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics made 5,000 Gold, Silver & Bronze medals from recycled mobile phones and electronic waste.  Read more online here.

When recycling your unused or unwanted mobile phone, please endeavour to remove any personal information from the device before recycling the device at the Hub. 


Recycled by: Ecocycle

Australians drain the life from more than 400 million batteries each year. Less than 5% are recycled, and our consumption of batteries is increasing year to year. When dumped in landfill, batteries can leak a range of toxic substances, including lead, mercury and cadmium, into the environment.

The Recycle Hub located at Town Hall accepts battery disposal for safe recycling and re-purposing. Simply walk in and drop off your batteries in the designated bay provided - it's that easy!

For larger batteries and larger quantities, collection is also available through the Recycling Shed at the Launceston Waste Centre.


Recycled by: TechCollect

 E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, yet in Australia, only approximately 35% of this material is currently being recycled. This is disappointing given the impact of e-waste on the environment and the fact that 95-98% of the valuable materials from e-waste items, such as televisions and computers, can be recovered and reused in the manufacture of new items.

Most consumers are unaware that when electronic goods are purchased, a certain amount of the purchase price ($/kg) is set aside and distributed to co-regulatory organisations to manage and recycle these electronic items responsibly at the end of the item's life.     

Printer Cartridges

Recycled by: Planet Ark

Printer cartridges are made up of a complex mix of plastics, metal, inks and toners, they represent a significant investment in resources. When they are disposed of into landfill these resources are lost and simultaneously have a negative impact on our natural environment. That's why Planet Ark joined with Close the Loop® and the participating manufacturers to set up the innovative Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program.


Recycled by: Lions Club Australia

The Lions Club Australia assist humanitarian organisations with the supply and repurposing of eyeglasses to developing countries. 

Lions Recycle for Sight Australia is part of the Lions Clubs International Worldwide Eyeglass Recycling Program, headquartered in Queensland and operating throughout Australia and overseas. 

Over the 26 years that the Australian program has operated, the program has delivered over 7 million pair of refurbished quality spectacles to men, women and children in need across Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

It's time to put your pre-loved eyeglasses to work, deposit them today to be refurbished and repurposed for communities in need across the globe!


Recycled by: Ecocycle

The backing film that gives x-rays their strength is made from a plastic similar to the type used in soft drink and fruit juice bottles. X-rays also contain silver, which is a highly sort after metal.

Recycling of silver occurs within the company using an electrolytic process. Films are placed in a chemical bath that dissolves the silver-containing imaging layer. Material is shredded upon arrival at the processing facility, however, if you are concerned about your personal information, you may cut out the label and dispose of it separately. 

When an electric current is passed through the solution pure metallic silver is deposited on one of the electrodes. The backing film that gives X-rays their strength is made from a plastic similar to the type used in soft drink and fruit juice bottles. It goes into a commodity plastic recycling stream and could end up in products ranging from shampoo bottles to polyester fleece clothing.

Please remove x-rays from their envelopes and recycle them separately in your kerbside recycling service. 

CDs and DVDs

Recycled by: Ecocycle

The CDs and DVDs are shredded to separate the aluminium and the polycarbonate which are both used for further manufacturing. CDs and DVDs have the same processing as used for e-waste material recovery. 

Please remove CDs and DVDs from their packaging and dispose of separately, as the cases are currently not a recoverable material. 

Oral Care Products

Recycled by: Terracycle

Once collected, the tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remoulded to make new recycled products. 

Bread Tags

Recycled by: Aussie Bread Tags

Bread tags have many recycling purposes, from creating doorknobs to bowls, they can be recycled to create a range of new products!

Aussie Bread Tags have been collecting bread tags nationally in Australia since September 2018, and now have more than 100 collection points across the country. In February 2019, they started local recycling through the Transmutation - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle program in Robe, SA. This program allows bread tags to be recycled into products such as doorknobs and bowls.

Aluminium Coffee Pods

Recycled by: Nespresso

Nespresso aluminium coffee capsules that are recycled with Nespresso, are sent to a specialist recycling plant based in Nowra, NSW. There, the aluminium is separated from the residual coffee. The coffee is sent to an industrial composting facility, while the aluminium is recycled and sent back to the aluminium industry to produce new aluminium products.