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Waste and Recycling

Litchfield Council provides waste management and recycling services to ratepayers, residents and commercial users through its three Waste Transfer Stations.


Howard Springs - Howard Springs Road. Open 7 days from 7.00am to 6.00pm Ph 8983 0651.
No Commercial Waste. Litchfield Municipality Residents Only

Humpty Doo - corner of Spencely and Strangways Roads. Open 7 days from 7.00am to 6.00pm Ph 8983 0652.

Litchfield Municipality Residents and Commercial Users Only
Fees apply for commercial users.  Please see below for fees and charges.

Berry Springs - Cox Peninsula Road. Open 7 days 7am to 7pm.
No Commercial Waste. Litchfield Municipality Residents Only

2018 - 2023 Waste Strategy »

All three Waste Transfer Stations are closed on Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.

If Darwin and the surrounding areas is placed on a Stage 2 Cyclone Warning the Transfer Stations will be CLOSED.

Litchfield Waste Transfer Stations are staffed and you will require residential or photo ID to gain entry.  Non-Litchfield residents are welcome to use Council's facilities, but will need to pay a minimal fee.

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Waste Disposal

Litchfield Council operates three Waste Transfer Stations, the transfer stations are storage sites used for the temporary storage of waste. The Waste Transfer Stations offer recycling bins and large waste bins and at Humpty Doo a large pit. Each recycling bin is labelled with the recycling material it requires, separating materials at home will help the sort process at the Waste Transfer Station. Items which cannot be recycled go into the large bins/pit. The recycling bins are currently managed through a contractor who transports the material to be recycled. After compacting, the ‘pit’ rubbish is transported to the Shoal Bay Landfill site. Litchfield Council staff operate the gate at the transfer stations but do not sort rubbish, all rubbish placed in the pits or waste bins will be sent to landfill. We encourage households to sort their rubbish at home.

Waste and Recycling Reports»

Fees and Charges

Waste Disposal                 2018/2019

Waste - Fees and Charges 2018


Litchfield Council is charged a tonnage rate for all waste that is transferred to the Shoal Bay Landfill.  The Waste Management Charge is itemised on your rate notice. 

Items that CANNOT be brought to any Waste Transfer Station

The following items cannot be brought to any of the Waste Transfer Stations:

  • Asbestos products
  • Car bodies or vehicle parts
  • Gas cylinders
  • Paints or chemicals
  • Bricks, sand and building rubble (only accepted at Humpty Doo, fees can apply)
  • Tyres (only at Humpty Doo fees $6 per tyre apply)
  • Cement or concrete (only accepted at Humpty Doo, fees can apply)

If you do not wish to take your own rubbish to one of the Waste Transfer Stations, there are a number of private waste removal contractors who provide a weekly rubbish collection service to residents in the rural area for domestic waste and larger bins for bigger clean up jobs.  These can be found in the Yellow Pages.