Waste Management Facility
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- Cashless transactions
The Hawksbury City Waste Management Facility is located on The Driftway at South Windsor.
The facility is open every day from 8am – 4pm. It is however closed on all public holidays.
Entry restrictions may apply after heavy rain.
View the Waste Management Facility Fees and Services brochure for information on using the Facility, accepted and prohibited materials, payment options and safety guidelines when at the facility.
Facility Contact Details
Address: The Driftway, South Windsor
Phone: (02) 4560 4444
Taking Waste to the Waste Management Facility
Conditions of Entry
The Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility receives domestic and some other selected waste from within the Hawkesbury Local Government Area (LGA) only. Materials from elsewhere are not accepted.
The Facility accepts domestic materials from your home address, within the Hawkesbury LGA only. Eligible persons must be able to show proof of residency i.e. your current drivers licence.
In the case of commercial customers, or persons bringing materials from locations other than their own address, documentation to prove the materials are from within the Hawkesbury City Council LGA is required i.e. the current Hawkesbury Council rates notice for the property where the materials came from is required to enter the Facility.
Persons without sufficient documentation will be refused entry.
Safety and Personal Conduct at the Facility
As there are many hazards present at a landfill, Council recommends that in the interest of public safety, all persons entering the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility should do the following:
- Wear suitable, enclosed shoes
- Must remain within the designated (public access) disposal locations
- Follow the directions of authorised staff
- Supervise children at all times
- Be mindful of vehicles and machinery
- Do not scavenge
- Do not smoke
- Adhere to the speed limits
Council can provide assistance for elderly customers or customers with a disability who need help unloading their vehicles.
To arrange for assistance, please call the Weighbridge before arrival on (02) 4560 4444.
Materials Accepted at the Waste Management Facility
Materials Accepted for Free
The following materials can be dropped off for free:
- Domestic kerbside recyclable materials (e.g. plastic bottlers and containers from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry, steel and aluminium cans, glass bottles and jars)
- Paper and unwaxed cardboard
- Scrap steel
- Sump oil (to be poured into designated holding tank)
- Car batteries (lead acid) and household batteries
- Problem household waste (e.g. paint, fluro globes and tubes, smoke detectors etc.) for the Community Recycling Centre (for more information please refer to the ‘Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre’ heading tab at the top of this page) – alternatively if possible, use an anchor to link to tab heading 2 – Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre)’.
Please note, only sorted and separated loads will be accepted for free. If the load is mixed with other waste materials you will be required to pay
Materials Accepted at a Cost
The following materials can be dropped off at a cost:
- General domestic waste
- Building and demolition waste (no asbestos)
- Bricks and Concrete
- Garden organics / green waste (excludes palm trees and fronds, bamboo, noxious weeds, root balls and other non-mulchable garden organics)
- Tyres – motorbike / passenger car or smaller (maximum of five (5) tyres per load)
- Other materials as specified by Council
The following materials are prohibited:
- Liquids and chemicals
- Compressed fibre sheeting
- Cement fibre reinforced products
- Asbestos and products containing asbestos
- Fibre cement sheeting
- Fibro (of any kind – old or new)
- Soil (of any quantity)
- Blue board
- Other materials as designated by Council
Any load containing or suspected of containing prohibited materials, will not be permitted to unload and will be directed to leave the Facility.
Loads that contain materials from bathroom / laundry / kitchen renovations or construction of buildings for example will not be accepted in these circumstances.
If you mislead / deceive or hide said prohibited materials from the council staff and, these materials find their way onto our site in your load, then the landfill operator will ask the customer to cease unloading immediately and inform the gatehouse. The customer will be charged for the cost of a licensed contractor to remove said material from our site to a facility licensed for said materials and may also be subject to a fine or criminal prosecution.
Drop-off Fees and Payment
Payment can be made by cash, EFTPOS, MasterCard and Visa in person. All loads are pay as you go – meaning multiple loads are to be paid per load over the weighbridge.
For drop-off fees and further payment information, please refer to the Waste Management Facility Fees and Services brochure.
Hawkesbury Community Recycling Centre
Community Recycling Centres (CRCs)
Community Recycling Centre’s (CRCs) are NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) funded permanent drop-off centres for common household problem waste that cannot be disposed of via Council’s kerbside general waste, recycling or garden organics collection services.
A Community Recycling Centre (CRC) operates at the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility. This is a FREE service to help residents safely dispose of household problem waste, and is available year round.
Many of the materials accepted by CRCs can be reused and recycled if processed correctly. Recycling helps our environment because it saves water, energy and natural resources.
Hawkesbury CRC Contact Details
Address: Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility, The Driftway, South Windsor
Hours: every day, 8am – 4pm (excluding public holidays)
Phone: (02) 4560 4444
Only household quantities of materials will be accepted and must be transported in containers no larger than 20 litres.
You can drop-off the following materials for free:
- Smoke detectors
- Gas bottles
- Fire extinguishers
- Motor oils
- Other oils
- Car batteries
- Household batteries
- Fluorescent globes and tubes
Dangerous goods and items other than those listed above will not be accepted.
Household Chemical CleanOut
If you need to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides, poisons and pool and hobby chemicals, you can do so at Household Chemical CleanOut events.
For further information about these events and upcoming dates, please refer to the Special Events and Waste Clean-up Services page.
Problem Waste Disposal for Commercial Operators
Businesses are not eligible to use Community Recycling Centres (except for Paint disposal) and should contact an appropriate waste disposal service directly. A useful source for searching companies and drop-off locations for businesses is available on Planet Ark’s Business Recycling Information Service.
Commercial Paint: Free Disposal
For businesses needing to dispose of waste paint and packaging, you can do so via the Hawkesbury Community Recycling as part of the National Paintback Scheme.
Paintback is a free service however you can only take a maximum of 100 litres of waste paint in volume per visit and it must be transported in containers no larger than 20 litres. These limits ensure safe manual handling of paint at the collection point and prevent Paintback Collection Sites from being overwhelmed by large volumes of waste paint too quickly.
Storing and Transporting Problem Waste
Please handle and transport your materials carefully and safely. Protect your vehicle by placing items on a protective sheet or tray in the boot to capture any leakages or breakages.
The CRC facilitates the reprocessing and reuse of these materials and prevents them from entering landfill. By sorting your waste and taking it to your local CRC, you will:
- Help improve recycling rates;
- Save water, energy and other valuable natural resources; and
- Protect the environment.
Looking for more information?
The Community Recycling Centres project is a part of the NSW Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, which is funded through the waste levy. To find out more about Community Recycling Centres or the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, please click below.
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