Resource Recovery & Waste Management Facilities
Blaxland and Katoomba both have a Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility. Find out about the services they provide for residents.
Electronic waste, mobile phones, batteries and compact fluoro light bulbs and tubes should not be thrown in any bin, and chemicals should never be disposed of down the drain or into the soil.
We offer services for safe disposal of all kinds of hazardous wastes as outlined below. Otherwise please refer to our online A-Z of waste and recycling, your Resource Recovery Guide or the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Facilities Fees and Charges (in the Forms and Resources section below) for further information on items that can be dropped off at your local Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility.
Australians generate more than 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) each year and much of it ends up in landfill. Some e-waste contains toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic. This is why it’s so important to dispose of electronic items correctly. E-waste can also contain precious metals that can be recycled.
Help keep e-waste out of landfill by taking advantage of our free e-waste drop off service.
Residents and small businesses can drop off e-waste to:
We do not accept:
Check our A-Z of Waste and Recycling for information on more items.
We run a Household Chemical CleanOut event four times a year at the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities in Blaxland and Katoomba.
Blaxland Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility
Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility
Incorrect disposal of household chemicals can cause a real problem to our health and the environment. Hazardous waste should never be disposed of in your red garbage bin, down the drain or into the soil.
Blaxland and Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities accept car batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers and engine oil throughout the year.
As well as this, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) runs a Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Katoomba RRWMF which allows us to collect paint and paint tins, smoke detectors, Fluro globes and tubes, other oils and household batteries on a daily basis.
Did you know? 83% of items taken to a Chemical CleanOut event can be dropped off at Katoomba RRWMF for FREE all year round.
If you have other household chemicals not listed above, these can be disposed of for free during a CleanOut event. Harsher chemicals require disposal under the supervision of an Industrial Chemist, which is why we can’t accept them all year round.
Items accepted at a CleanOut event ONLY:
Please remember to take note of the following details for the event:
In our most recent waste audit from 2016 it’s apparent that households are still throwing hazardous materials into the red garbage bin. The most common hazardous item found in the red bin was batteries, followed by electrical items, clinical waste, chemicals, paint, fluorescent tubes, mobile phones and toner cartridges. These items require extra treatment and expense to protect the local environment.
We provide services for correct disposal of all types of hazardous wastes. Refer to the our A-Z of waste and recycling for more information on specific items.