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What is Recycling?

Recycling is a process to change waste into new products. These new products go on to become something useful for someone else. Recycling also helps make sure that there will be enough resources left for later generations. If these used products are disposed of in the right way, then the process of recycling has begun.

Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction. By using waste materials rather than new materials, manufacturers can avoid the cost and environmental impacts of extracting, refining, transporting and processing raw materials. It also means that the amount of waste going to landfill is reduced.


Recycling Services

Litchfield Council encourage all residents to recycle and offer recycling bins at all three Waste Transfer Stations.

Bins available are:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Plastic containers
  • Glass bottles
  • Aluminium cans
  • White goods
  • Car batteries (Humpty Doo and Howard Springs ONLY)
  • Used oil (Cooking and Car) (Humpty Doo and Howard Springs ONLY)
  • Scrap metals
  • Tyres ONLY Humpty Doo fee $6 per tyre apply


Green Waste

What is Green Waste?


Green waste includes grass, flower cuttings, palm fronds, leaf litter and tree branches. All Waste Transfer Stations have a drop off area for clean green waste; fees apply. This green waste is shredded to make mulch, which you can purchase.

It is important to keep all green waste free of contaminating items to keep our mulch free of rubbish. Contaminates that have been found in the green waste are wood pallets, furniture, rubbish, plastic bags and steel.

Mulch (Sale)  
Per cubic meter $10.00
Available at Humpty Doo and Howard Springs only between 8:30am and 12:00noon; 2pm and 5:30pm.


Mulch is very beneficial for your garden. It . . .

  • helps retain moisture in the soil
  • cools the root zone of plants which lowers transpiration of moisture from the plant
  • builds soil structure and adds nutrients
  • aids micro-organisms that are beneficial to plants and soil
  • introduces organic material into poor soils, and
  • Looks Good!


Consider mulching green waste at home instead of disposing at the Transfer Station.


  • Decide on an area to make a compost pile.
  • Chop green matter into small pieces for the pile.
  • Sprinkle a handful of fertiliser over the top.
  • Water until damp.
  • Allow to sit (approx. 12 months) to produce organic compost/fertiliser.
  • Once process complete spread on veggie patch and garden beds to help enrich your soil.

Chopped up palm fronds break up the best, as they are a fibrous material, which assist in water retention.  

Sort and Save

To save time at the Waste Transfer Station sort your recyclables at home.  The Waste Transfer Stations are designed to help you and your car or truck to dispose of rubbish easily.  A correctly packed vehicle will make the process fast and rewarding.  You can set up storage bins for each of the waste material e.g. cardboard bin, plastic and glass bin, waste bin, compost bin. Get the kids involved and label the bins, clean bottles and tins before putting in the recycle bins, this will prevent flies.  Drop off unused items to the local opportunity shops or websites like or Gumtree keeps lots of useful things out of landfill sites.

Unsorted Rubbish2

Paper and cardboard:

  • Newspapers
  • Egg cartons
  • Magazines, glossy flyers, phone books, envelopes, computer paper, old letters and paper packaging – NO rubber bands or plastic wrap, stickers, carbon paper, laminated paper and laminated cardboard.
  • Cardboard – NO plastic or waxy coated, wet or greasy (pizza boxes).


  • Plastic bottles – lids removed
  • Plastic bags
  • Cups, food trays

Plastic does not break down in landfills, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO RECYCLE PLASTIC.


  • Clean Bottles and jars – lids removed

Aluminium, Steel:

  • Food Cans – rinsed, lids, clean inside the cans
  • Aluminium Cans
  • Aerosol Cans - lids off and nozzle removed

Prohibited Waste 

The Transfer Stations are not licensed to receive the following:

  • Asbestos
  • Paints
  • Tyres (only Humpty Doo $6 per tyre apply)
  • Gas bottles

Materials such as asbestos corrosive substances are included as prohibited waste and will not be received at any Transfer Station.