Kempsey Shire Council operates four waste and recycling centres, where you can use your free waste vouchers to dispose of unwanted items.
The Kempsey Waste Management Centre on Crescent Head Road takes household, commercial, industrial, building and demolition waste.
The three waste transfer stations at South West Rocks, Stuarts Point and Bellbrook take household waste only.
You can view the locations and opening hours of your nearest centre below.
For fees, read Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges(PDF, 2MB)
South West Rocks Waste Transfer Station
Arakoon Road, South West Rocks
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am to 12:00 noon, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am to 12 noon, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday 12:15 pm to 3:15pm
Closed on public holidays
Phone 0439 247 245
Stuarts Point Waste Transfer Station
Fishermans Reach Road, Stuarts Point
Wednesday 8:00am to 12:00 noon, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday 8:00am to 11:00am
Closed on public holidays
Phone 0439 247 245
Bellbrook Waste Transfer Station
Armidale Road, Bellbrook
Wednesday 10:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm
Closed on public holidays
Phone 02 6566 3200
Council offers many free services to our community for recycling and safe disposal of waste, saving valuable landfill space.
Free at the Waste Management Centre and transfer stations
* cannot be dropped off at Bellbrook Waste Transfer Centre
- lead acid batteries and dry cell single use or rechargeable batteries *
- e-waste, including TVs, DVDs, VCRs, CDs, hi-fis, game consoles and accessories, MP3 players, laptops, PCs and peripherals, tablets, digital cameras, video cameras, computer monitors, printers and scanners
- gas bottles and fire extinguishers (under 25L capacity) *
- household paint *
- metal, including items with high metal content like whitegoods, electrical cords, car parts and wire
- mobile phones, including chargers and headsets *
- oil (keep motor, hydraulic and transmission oils separate from cooking oils) *
- paper and cardboard
- polystyrene, such as bean bag fill, packing material, produce boxes, fruit and vegetable packing trays
- printer cartridges *
- radioactive smoke alarms *
- recyclable containers like cans, bottles, jars and cartons
- fluorescent lighting such as mercury-containing globes or tubes *
Free services at the Waste Management Centre only
- ReUse Shop, where goods are given a second life and you can find plenty of bargains
- drumMUSTER recycling
- household chemical safe disposal
- soft plastics recycling, like clean plastic bags and silage wrap
- needles and syringes disposal
- Commercial loads are accepted at the Kempsey Waste Management Centre only, not at the three waste transfer stations.
- Pre-sorting your rubbish before arriving at a waste facility can significantly reduce your disposal charges, since many recyclables and problem wastes are taken free of charge.
- Asbestos poses a real concern to community health and must be dealt with properly through the Waste Management Centre - see Construction waste.
To help you dispose of household waste, Council has a free waste voucher program for all properties with a domestic waste service.
Two vouchers are sent out with your annual rates notice and are valid for a year.
Terms and conditions
Each voucher allows free disposal of general household and green waste up to a maximum quantity of a heaped 6 x 4 trailer (<1.0m³).
Please keep your vouchers in a safe place, as they cannot be reissued.
Are you a landlord or managing agent? Council asks you to pass the vouchers on to your valued tenants so they can better manage their household waste and keep properties in good order.
Where to use your free vouchers
Waste vouchers can be used at the Kempsey Waste Management Centre or the waste transfer stations at South West Rocks, Stuarts Point and Bellbrook.
Kempsey Shire Council offers a free and easy solution for the disposal of household problem waste. Many materials can be reused and recycled if processed correctly.
Simply take your problem waste to either:
- the Community Recycling Centre, located at Kempsey Waste Management Centre, 638 Crescent Head Road, Kempsey, or
- the Mobile Community Recycling Centre.
The Mobile Community Recycling Centre aims to reduce illegal dumping and help our community stop stockpiling problem wastes at home.
To find out when the Mobile Community Recycling Centre is near you, please see the updated calendar. The Mobile Community Recycling Centre does not operate on public holidays.
The trailer for the Mobile Community Recycling Centre was constructed with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust and the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
It is specifically designed for the safe collection and transport of problem household wastes. The centre accepts:
- car batteries
- electronic waste
- fire extinguishers
- fluorescent globes and tubes
- gas bottles
- household batteries
- mobile phones for MobileMuster
- motor and other oils
- printer ink and toner cartridges for Planet Ark
- smoke detectors.
Only household quantities (20kg or 20L) can be disposed of for free. Larger amounts incur a charge.
Businesses are not eligible for free drop-off at community recycling centres.
The Mobile Community Recycling Centre does not operate on public holidays.
The Mobile Community Recycling Centre is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded through the waste levy.
Return and Earn is a container deposit scheme designed to reduce litter across New South Wales. You can earn 10 cents for every eligible container you take to an approved collection point.
Return and Earn is an initiative of the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
How does Return and Earn work?
- Collect your eligible bottles and cans.
- Take your containers to a return point.
- Earn a refund of 10 cents for each container.
Which containers are eligible?
You can get a refund for most containers between 150 millilitres and 3 litres. Eligible containers include:
- juice boxes or poppers
Containers should be empty, have the label attached and be intact (not crushed).
You can’t get a refund for containers not included in the scheme, such as:
- milk containers
- juice containers over 1 litre
- glass wine bottles
- glass spirit bottles
- cordial bottles
These should be put in your yellow bin for recycling.
Where are the return points near me?
In Kempsey Shire, there are return vending machines at:
- 10 Stuart Street, Kempsey
- Kempsey Golf Club, 330 Macleay Valley Way, Kempsey
- Corner of Gregory Street and Spencers Creek Road, South West Rocks.
You can search for return points at www.returnandearn.org.au . Enter your town or suburb into the search box to find collection points near you.
Can I still use my yellow bin?
You can still put containers in your yellow bin for recycling. You will not be eligible for a refund for any containers you put in your yellow bin.
Where can I find more information?
Visit the Return and Earn website.