Construction waste

Disposing of construction waste

All construction and demolition waste is accepted at the Kempsey Waste Management Centre on Crescent Head Road. 

We need to preserve our remaining landfill space by not using it for scrap metal, clean concrete, tiles, bricks and untreated timber. These should be separated to go into different stockpiles at the Waste Management Centre to avoid the state waste levy being charged. Remember, this is cheaper – or even free, in the case of scrap metal. If you have resource recovery items in your landfill construction and demolition wastes, there is a higher unsorted waste charge to encourage everyone to Sort & Save.  

The NSW Environment Protection Authority provides information to help builders, contractors, project managers, property developers and demolition companies manage waste responsibly and lawfully.

Advice for home builders and renovators

As much as 40 per cent of Australia’s waste comes from building and demolition activities, yet more than 75 per cent of this waste is made up of reusable or recyclable materials such as bricks, concrete, steel, aluminium, timber, plasterboard and glass. 

By reusing and recycling building materials, we can:

  • avoid landfill disposal costs
  • spend less money on materials and potentially make money by selling unused or recovered items
  • reduce our consumption of energy and water
  • cut our greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the extraction, harvesting, construction, transportation and distribution of new products

The most effective way to reduce construction waste is to make it clear what you want and expect from your designer and builder. You should talk to them up-front about how to minimise waste materials and maximise resource recovery for scrap metals, concrete, bricks, tiles and untreated timber. If these can be kept separate, you can prevent money and resources from going to waste. Otherwise, ensure your selected skip bin company sorts to save. A contract clause incorporating this is recommended.

To manage waste effectively at your site, you can also:

  • make space available to sort or store different materials for recycling
  • ensure all contractors are aware of the waste management requirements
  • ensure loose rubbish and construction materials are not washed into drains and waterways 

More information

Your Home: Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homes

Planet Ark Find a Recycler

Household Building and Renovation, NSW Environment Protection Authority


Asbestos was used as a building material in Australia between the 1940s and 1980s. It is now known to cause several disabling or fatal illnesses, which usually develop many years after exposure.

How to remove asbestos

A licensed asbestos removalist can identify asbestos and safely remove it from your property.

Only Class A licensed removalists can work with the most dangerous asbestos, known as friable asbestos, which crumbles into dust easily, usually due to age or exposure to the elements or fire. 

Class B licensed removalists are only allowed to dispose of non-friable, bonded asbestos. 

Licensed asbestos assessors and removalists

Below is a list of licensed asbestos assessors and removalists in Kempsey Shire. Council does not make recommendations but provides this information in good faith to help ensure your safety and make it easier for you to contact a licensed professional. 

You can also search for asbestos assessors and removalists on the SafeWork NSW website.

Licensed asbestos assessor

John Brady Building Pty Ltd
Licence number: AD210929
Mobile 0427 674 058 

Licenced asbestos removalist

Mid Coast Scaffolding Pty Ltd
Licence number: AD205798
Phone 6567 7512
Mobile 0408 655 900

Asbestos disposal

The Kempsey Waste Management Centre on Crescent Head Road offers residents a capped charge of $40 to dispose of up to 250kg of bonded asbestos. This is the only facility in the shire that can legally accept asbestos for disposal. 

Because asbestos is a danger to everyone, it must arrive for disposal: 

  • wetted down to prevent dangerous dust fibres being released 
  • clearly labelled ‘Danger Asbestos Hazard’
  • double wrapped in thick builders plastic. The corners and edges of asbestos sheeting can be sharp, so folding cardboard around these points when packing is advisable to prevent the plastic from tearing.

More information

Kempsey Shire Council Asbestos Fact Sheet(PDF, 596KB)

Safely Disposing of Asbestos Waste from your Home (NSW EPA brochure)

Asbestos: A Guide for Householders and the General Public

Asbestos Awareness Campaign