Waste and Recycling Collection

The Northern Midlands Council offers a fortnightly waste and recycling collection. If you have a query relating to this service please call our Customer Care team on (03) 6397 7303.

Information

For all enquiries regarding missed collections or damaged bins please call the Customer Service Team on (03) 6397 7303

To ensure your Garbage Bin & Recycling Bin are emptied, please put them both out the night before collection or before 6AM THE MORNING OF COLLECTION.

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Waste & Recycling Bins

Lost / stolen / damaged beyond repair

The charge to replace a wheelie bin is $89 for a 140lt bin (waste only) and $92 for a 240lt (waste or recycling). However, if you believe you have had your bin stolen/ missing on your collection day, Council will replace your bin free of charge on the first occurrence. To apply for a free replacement bin, please contact us on 63977303. Please allow 10 working days for delivery of your new bin.

New Bins

For recently completed dwellings bins are sent out free of charge on request. We don't send bins our until a certificate of occupancy has been issued. If your dwelling is nearing completion please give us a call let us know what size service you require.

A replacement charge will apply if the owner requests bins to be sent out to an unoccupied property and bins are stolen before tenant/owner moves in.

Damaged waste or recycling bin

Council will repair free of charge your waste or recycling bin, if your bin cannot be repaired a new one will be given to you. For damaged bins, wheels missing, broken lids etc please call us on 63977303 or email on council@nmc.tas.gov.au to request a repair.

E-Waste
E-Waste

Electronic or electrical technology we no longer need or want is called e-waste, and includes things such as computers, monitors, televisions, home entertainment systems, printers, fax machines and mobile phones. Many people have a range of home entertainment systems, and a home office or study with printers, scanners, photocopiers and computers, so it’s worthwhile spending some time to consider how you can reduce waste and save money in your home.

It’s really important to dispose of e-waste thoughtfully and correctly to help protect our environment. Many electronic products contain harmful substances such as lead and mercury which can be released into the environment if not disposed of or recycled in an appropriate way.

Why recycle E-Waste?

Many electronic and electrical products contain parts that can be recycled and used again. When you recycle, you stop solid and hazardous waste going to landfill and save resources which can be used to manufacture new products. Televisions, computers and other e-waste contain non-renewable resources such as tin, nickel, zinc aluminium and copper which can't be used again if they are sent to landfill. E-waste also contains hazardous elements such as lead and mercury. Sending these products to landfill means there is a risk that the hazardous substances may be released into the environment. Examples of hazardous waste in electrical and electronic products include:

  • mobile phones - arsenic and lead
  • printer inks and toners - often contain carbon black and cadmium
  • older style cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors - contain about 20 per cent lead
  • CRTs are also used in older televisions, and with high definition televisions on the market, a surplus of unwanted old-style televisions is adding to the rising amount of e-waste. In 2007-08, 16.8 million TVs and computers were discarded in Australia, with 84 per cent of these sent to landfill.

When not disposed of properly, the toxins from e-waste can escape from the landfill, seep into groundwater, contaminate the soil and enter the food chain causing serious health problems.

What E-Waste can I recycle?

E-Waste that can be recycled includes:

  • mobile phones and telephone systems
  • stereo components, DVD and video players
  • televisions
  • computers and accessories
  • printers, faxes and scanners
  • batteries
  • cartridges
Where can I recycle my E-Waste?

Mobile Phones

  • Longford Council Chambers
  • All Australia Post offices located within the muncipality

Cartridges

  • Longford Council Chambers
  • All Australia Post Offices located within the municipality

Computer / Printers / Televisions - Please view the Tasmanian Recycling Directory, see the link below.

For further information on where to recycle follow this link to the recycling near you directory.

FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) - Coming Soon!

Currently, we do not offer a green waste/FOGO bin collection however, that's about to change.


In July 2022, the Tasmanian Government is planning to introduce a levy on all waste sent to landfill across Tasmania. Under the levy, businesses, councils, and their communities who divert waste away from landfill will pay less than those who don’t.

When FOGO (organic matter) is trapped in landfill, FOGO produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that harms the atmosphere and environment. The FOGO materials collected in a single bin, are used to create compost or soil conditioner.

Collecting the FOGO material also reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and provides an easy way for residents to actively make a positive difference to our environment.

At the Council meeting held 11 April 2022, Council made the decision to call for tenders for a kerbside organics (FOGO) collection service commencing in 2023. This service will be provided to all residences in the urban areas of the municipality. People living in a unit who may not have room to store the bin or might choose to share a bin with a neighbour, will be given the option to opt out of the service.

Collection services will continue to be fortnightly, and the size of the FOGO bin will be 240L.

To make sure everyone in your household knows what can and can't go in the FOGO bin, a full list will be added here in the coming weeks as the program is rolled out.

While you're waiting have a look below at a couple of things you can be doing right now to reduce the amount of waste you are sending to landfill.

Home Composting

Home composting is a good way to significantly reduce your household waste. When composted, food waste and garden clippings decompose to make a great mulch for your garden. You can either make your own compost heap in a shady part of your garden or use a compost bin. Compost bins can be purchased at most hardware stores. Items that can be added to compost include:

  • vegetable and fruit peelings
  • tea bags and coffee grinds
  • vacuume dust
  • small purnings, leaves and grass clippings
  • straw and sawdust
  • flowers
  • wood ash
  • shredded paper and cardboard
  • used potting mix

The compost should be added in layers, with a layer of food scraps ideally being covered with a layer of grass clippings or leaves.

The following items are not suitable for composting:

  • meat and bones
  • dairy products
  • large prunings
  • pet droppings
  • weeds with seeds
  • bleached paper or magazines

The compost needs moisture and air to decompose effectively. To achieve this, turn it regularly and make sure it is always kept reasonably moist, without being waterlogged. For further information on home composting follow this link to the Living Greener website.

Worm Farms

Worm farms are another way to reduce food and garden waste. Worm castings that result from the worm's decomposition of waste also make an excellent soil conditioner for your garden. As with compost heaps, a worm farm should be placed in a cool and shady part of the garden. The worms need:

  • a dark, moist, but not waterlogged environment at all times
  • any compostable food items, shredded into smaller pieces to allow the worms to efficiently decompose them
  • neutral acidity with a pH level kept around 7

This pH level can usually be achieved quite easily by ensuring a layer of green waste or moist paper or cardboard is regularly added with the food waste. Ensure that paper waste is not bleached or contaminated with any chemicals. Newspapers and cardboard from food packaging are ideal. Most hardware stores and garden centres sell worm farms and worms and will give you advice about how to look after them. For further information on worm farms follow this link to the Living Greener website.

FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) - Coming Soon!
FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) - Coming Soon! Currently, we do not offer a green waste/FOGO bin collection however, that's about to change.

In July 2022, the Tasmanian Government is planning to introduce a levy on all waste sent to landfill across Tasmania. Under the levy, businesses, councils, and their communities who divert waste away from landfill will pay less than those who don’t.

When FOGO (organic matter) is trapped in landfill, FOGO produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that harms the atmosphere and environment. The FOGO materials collected in a single bin, are used to create compost or soil conditioner.

Collecting the FOGO material also reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and provides an easy way for residents to actively make a positive difference to our environment.

At the Council meeting held 11 April 2022, Council made the decision to call for tenders for a kerbside organics (FOGO) collection service commencing in 2023. This service will be provided to all residences in the urban areas of the municipality. People living in a unit who may not have room to store the bin or might choose to share a bin with a neighbour, will be given the option to opt out of the service.

Collection services will continue to be fortnightly, and the size of the FOGO bin will be 240L.

To make sure everyone in your household knows what can and can't go in the FOGO bin, a full list will be added here in the coming weeks as the program is rolled out.

While you're waiting have a look below at a couple of things you can be doing right now to reduce the amount of waste you are sending to landfill.

Home Composting

Home composting is a good way to significantly reduce your household waste. When composted, food waste and garden clippings decompose to make a great mulch for your garden. You can either make your own compost heap in a shady part of your garden or use a compost bin. Compost bins can be purchased at most hardware stores. Items that can be added to compost include:

  • vegetable and fruit peelings
  • tea bags and coffee grinds
  • vacuume dust
  • small purnings, leaves and grass clippings
  • straw and sawdust
  • flowers
  • wood ash
  • shredded paper and cardboard
  • used potting mix

The compost should be added in layers, with a layer of food scraps ideally being covered with a layer of grass clippings or leaves.

The following items are not suitable for composting:

  • meat and bones
  • dairy products
  • large prunings
  • pet droppings
  • weeds with seeds
  • bleached paper or magazines

The compost needs moisture and air to decompose effectively. To achieve this, turn it regularly and make sure it is always kept reasonably moist, without being waterlogged. For further information on home composting follow this link to the Living Greener website.

Worm Farms

Worm farms are another way to reduce food and garden waste. Worm castings that result from the worm's decomposition of waste also make an excellent soil conditioner for your garden. As with compost heaps, a worm farm should be placed in a cool and shady part of the garden. The worms need:

  • a dark, moist, but not waterlogged environment at all times
  • any compostable food items, shredded into smaller pieces to allow the worms to efficiently decompose them