COVID-19 Update

From Wednesday 20 May the operating hours of our Waste Management Facilities will change:

  • Blaxland Waste Management Facility will return to their normal 7 day a week operating hours.
  • Katoomba Waste Management Facility will extend their current operating hours to four days a week and will be open Wednesday to Saturday.

The limit of 2 people per vehicle, and 4 vehicles on site at one time remain in place, along with other social distancing protocols.

We are resuming services in a phased way, to allow us to manage physical distancing and additional cleaning requirements, and to keep you and our staff safe.

The two additional free bulky waste services, offered to assist household during the facility closures, will continue to be valid for bookings that are scheduled for kerbside collection prior to 1 July 2020.  

Why isn’t the Katoomba Waste Management Facility moving back to 7 days a week like Blaxland?
We are resuming services in a phased way, to allow us to manage physical distancing and additional cleaning requirements, and to keep you and our staff safe.

Waste services are a critical service for the community, and to keep them running throughout the city we currently have 3 distinct service teams operating. Separation has been maintained and these teams do not interact with each other, to ensure that if a team was required to isolate due to COVID–19 that we have the capacity to continue delivering waste services.

Staggering our staff this way means we are not yet able to open both facilities 7 days a week, as we do not have enough staff to keep them both operating at full capacity, while maintaining their safety.
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Blaxland Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility
Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility
Community Recycling Centre
Environmental reporting data

Blaxland Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility

28-30 Attunga Road, Blaxland

Opening hours from Wednesday 20 May 2020
8am – 4.45pm, 7 days a week.

To ensure the safety of staff and the community, strict restrictions will apply, including:

  • Only four vehicles will be allowed on site at any one time.
  • A maximum of two people will be allowed in each vehicle.
  • Only one person is allowed in the Community Recycling Centre area at a time (Katoomba Facility). 
  • Payment via tap and go or EFTPOS is preferable.
  • Residents must follow all instructions issued by onsite staff.
  • Residents who are unwell with any cold or flu like symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who may have contracted COVID-19, should not attend the facilities.

The current NSW Government Public Health Order limits all travel outside of your home to essential travel. With this in mind, and to minimise queues at the Waste Management Facilities, Council is urging residents to delay any work that will generate large volumes of waste, and avoid making trips to the Waste Management Facilities unless it is essential.

Blaxland Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility (RRWMF) currently provides the following free waste disposal services to the Blue Mountains community:

There is a small vehicle area that allows safe drop-off for:

  • Household recycling if source separated/sorted and uncontaminated
  • Scrap metal and car bodies
  • Car batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers and engine oil
  • Twice yearly collection of hazardous household chemicals
  • Televisions and computers - see our e-waste section for further details
  • If you have household chemicals, Katoomba RRWMF has facilities for disposal of certain chemicals year round.

Blaxland RRWMF holds two free Chemical CleanOut events each year. Check our Chemical CleanOut section for further details

Larger quantities of recyclables can be disposed of free of charge if source separated/sorted and uncontaminated.

Blaxland RRWMF also accepts other items for disposal. For a comprehensive list including special wastes such as asbestos, refer to our Waste Management: Fees and Charges document below. Items charged are calculated by vehicle weight on a weighbridge at the entrance to the facility.


Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility

49 Woodlands Road, Katoomba

Opening hours from Wednesday 20 May 2020
8am – 4.45pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

To ensure the safety of staff and the community, strict restrictions will apply, including:

  • Only four vehicles will be allowed on site at any one time.
  • A maximum of two people will be allowed in each vehicle.
  • Only one person is allowed in the Community Recycling Centre area at a time (Katoomba Facility). 
  • Payment via tap and go or EFTPOS is preferable.
  • Residents must follow all instructions issued by onsite staff.
  • Residents who are unwell with any cold or flu like symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who may have contracted COVID-19, should not attend the facilities.

Why isn’t the Katoomba Waste Management Facility moving back to 7 days a week like Blaxland?
We are resuming services in a phased way, to allow us to manage physical distancing and additional cleaning requirements, and to keep you and our staff safe.

Waste services are a critical service for the community, and to keep them running throughout the city we currently have 3 distinct service teams operating. Separation has been maintained and these teams do not interact with each other, to ensure that if a team was required to isolate due to COVID–19 that we have the capacity to continue delivering waste services.

Staggering our staff this way means we are not yet able to open both facilities 7 days a week, as we do not have enough staff to keep them both operating at full capacity, while maintaining their safety.
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During operation:

  • Only small vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes are permitted;
  • All waste must be unloaded by hand - no tipping; and
  • Construction and demolition waste is not accepted. You may continue to take construction and demolition waste to Blaxland RRWMF. 

Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility (RRWMF) small vehicle area provides the following free waste disposal services to the Blue Mountains community:

  • Household recycling if source separated/sorted and uncontaminated;
  • Scrap metal and white goods;
  • Car batteries*, gas bottles*, fire extinguishers* and engine oil*
  • Paint*, smoke detectors*, fluoro globes and tubes*, other oil* and household batteries* (as this is a household service, a nominal 20L or 20kg limit applies. Chemicals from commercial or industrial premises will NOT be accepted).
  • Twice yearly collection of hazardous household chemicals
  • Televisions and computers* see our e-waste section for further details.

* Non-residents can also bring these items for free to the EPA funded Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Katoomba RRWMF.

When open, Katoomba RRWMF also accepts other items for disposal. Refer to our Waste Management: Fees and Charges document below for more information. Items charged are calculated by vehicle weight on a weighbridge at the entrance to the facility.

If you have other household chemicals not listed above, check our Chemical CleanOut section for further details.

Blaxland and Katoomba RRWMF both have a Reuse Shed – this is where we turn trash to treasure. Any items too good to dismantle for recycling are given away for free!

As Katoomba RRWMF is no longer a landfill site, we cannot accept clean fill, asbestos, animal carcasses or other materials that require supervised and/or immediate burial.  The facilities for these services are available at Blaxland RRWMF only.
 

community recycling centre

Changed opening hours from Wednesday 20 May 2020
8am – 4.45pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

To ensure the safety of staff and the community, strict restrictions will apply, including:

  • Only four vehicles will be allowed on site at any one time.
  • A maximum of two people will be allowed in each vehicle.
  • Only one person is allowed in the Community Recycling Centre area at a time (Katoomba Facility). 
  • All payments must now be made via EFTPOS only.
  • Residents must follow all instructions issued by onsite staff.
  • Residents who are unwell with any cold or flu like symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who may have contracted COVID-19, should not attend the facilities.

A Community Recycling Centre (CRC) funded by the EPA operates at Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility. This is a FREE service to help residents safely dispose of household problem wastes which shouldn’t be put in kerbside bins:

Items that can be dropped off

Many of these materials can be reused and recycled if processed correctly. Recycling helps our environment because it saves water, energy and natural resources.

Only household quantities of the above materials will be accepted. As a guide a maximum container of 20 litres or 20 kilograms for each of the waste items listed above.

Blue Mountains Community Recycling Centre is located at:

Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility (RRWMF) 
Woodlands Road, Katoomba 
Open 8am to 4.45pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only (due to COVID-19) 
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

For more information call us on 4780 5000 or visit  www.epa.nsw.gov.au/recyclingcentres. Alternative centres are located in Penrith and Bathurst.

Brought to you by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au.

Environmental reporting data

To view our environmental reporting data for Blaxland and Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities, please click here.