Waste and Recycling Collection

The Northern Midlands Council offers a fortnightly waste and recycling collection. If you have a query relating to this service please call our Customer Care team on (03) 6397 7303.


For all enquiries regarding missed collections or damaged bins please call the Customer Service Team on (03) 6397 7303

To ensure your Garbage Bin & Recycling Bin are emptied, please put them both out the night before collection or before 6AM THE MORNING OF COLLECTION.

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Lost Bins

Lost or stolen bins

The charge to replace a wheelie bin is $83 for a 140lt bin (waste only) and $86 for a 240lt (waste or recycling). However, if you believe you have had your bin stolen or vandalised, Council will replace your bin free of charge on the first occurrence. To apply for a free replacement bin, please complete all details below. Please allow 10 working days for delivery or your new bin.

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Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group Find out more

The Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group was formed in 2008, with the Northern Tasmanian Regional Waste Strategy ratified in early 2009 by the Northern Regions Councils participating in the voluntary waste levy.

The objectives of the Northern Tasmanian Regional Waste Management Group are to deliver improvements in waste reduction and resource recovery, regional cooperation and coordination, waste management policy and service delivery and community education and marketing.

The Northern Tasmanian Regional Waste Management Groupworks to achieve improvements in waste reduction and resource recovery, improve regional cooperation and coordination of waste services, oversee waste management policy setting and service delivery, and coordinate community education.

The Northern Tasmanian Regional Waste Management Group's work is guided by the Northern Tasmanian Regional Waste Management Strategy: 2017-2022.

For further information on the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group click here.

Liquid Trade Waste Find out more

Most household waste is disposed of via the sewerage or waste water systems, or via septic tanks. However, grease, oils, solvents and chemicals (basically anything except human sewage) should not be put directly into such systems.

Please contact TasWater for further information regarding requirements in relation to discharging trade waste into the sewer.

Drum Muster Find out more

Drum Muster is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable, crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers.

The Northern Midlands Council acts as a collection agency for these containers at the Longford Waste Transfer Station on Wednesday between 1.00pm and 4.00pm, Campbell Town Waste Transfer Station on Tuesday between 9.30am and 4.30pm and Avoca on Saturday between 10am and 4.30pm. Please call 6391 3032 to register for this service.

To safely recycle containers, they must be:

  • pressure rinsed
  • triple rinsed, or
  • fully cleaned with a mechanical rinsing device

This should be done immediately after emptying the container, before any residue has a chance to dry and harden.

Further information is available on the Drum Muster web site or from the site attendants on the drumMUSTER empty chemical container program.

Green Waste (FOGO) Find out more

Green waste means grass clippings, leaves and also tree prunings. Green waste can be deposited at Council's waste transfer stations and is converted to mulch. When leaving green waste at the transfer station it is important to ensure it does not have other general garbage mixed with it.

Home Composting

Home composting is a good way to significantly reduce your household waste. When composted, food waste and garden clippings decompose to make a great mulch for your garden. You can either make your own compost heap in a shady part of your garden or use a compost bin. Compost bins can be purchased at most hardware stores. Items that can be added to compost include:

  • vegetable and fruit peelings
  • tea bags and coffee grinds
  • vacuume dust
  • small purnings, leaves and grass clippings
  • straw and sawdust
  • flowers
  • wood ash
  • shredded paper and cardboard
  • used potting mix

The compost should be added in layers, with a layer of food scraps ideally being covered with a layer of grass clippings or leaves.

The following items are not suitable for composting:

  • meat and bones
  • dairy products
  • large prunings
  • pet droppings
  • weeds with seeds
  • bleached paper or magazines

The compost needs moisture and air to decompose effectively. To achieve this, turn it regularly and make sure it is always kept reasonably moist, without being waterlogged. For further information on home composting follow this link to the Living Greener website.

Worm Farms

Worm farms are another way to reduce food and garden waste. Worm castings that result from the worm's decomposition of waste also make an excellent soil conditioner for your garden. As with compost heaps, a worm farm should be placed in a cool and shady part of the garden. The worms need:

  • a dark, moist, but not waterlogged environment at all times
  • any compostable food items, shredded into smaller pieces to allow the worms to efficiently decompose them
  • neutral acidity with a pH level kept around 7

This pH level can usually be achieved quite easily by ensuring a layer of green waste or moist paper or cardboard is regularly added with the food waste. Ensure that paper waste is not bleached or contaminated with any chemicals. Newspapers and cardboard from food packaging are ideal. Most hardware stores and garden centres sell worm farms and worms and will give you advice about how to look after them. For further information on worm farms follow this link to the Living Greener website.

Paintback Find out more

Paintback is now available at the Longford Waste Transfer Station.

Taking Australia's unwanted paint and packaging’s colourful past to a brighter future of responsible disposal and innovative reuse.

Paintback® is taking unwanted paint and packaging’s colourful past to a brighter future of responsible disposal and innovative reuse. Paintback®, established in 2016, is a world-first, industry-led initiative designed to divert unwanted paint and packaging from ending up in landfill and vital waterways.

Visit the Paintback website to find out more.


Electronic or electrical technology we no longer need or want is called e-waste, and includes things such as computers, monitors, televisions, home entertainment systems, printers, fax machines and mobile phones. Many people have a range of home entertainment systems, and a home office or study with printers, scanners, photocopiers and computers, so it’s worthwhile spending some time to consider how you can reduce waste and save money in your home.

It’s really important to dispose of e-waste thoughtfully and correctly to help protect our environment. Many electronic products contain harmful substances such as lead and mercury which can be released into the environment if not disposed of or recycled in an appropriate way.

Why recycle E-Waste?

Many electronic and electrical products contain parts that can be recycled and used again. When you recycle, you stop solid and hazardous waste going to landfill and save resources which can be used to manufacture new products. Televisions, computers and other e-waste contain non-renewable resources such as tin, nickel, zinc aluminium and copper which can't be used again if they are sent to landfill. E-waste also contains hazardous elements such as lead and mercury. Sending these products to landfill means there is a risk that the hazardous substances may be released into the environment. Examples of hazardous waste in electrical and electronic products include:

  • mobile phones - arsenic and lead
  • printer inks and toners - often contain carbon black and cadmium
  • older style cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors - contain about 20 per cent lead
  • CRTs are also used in older televisions, and with high definition televisions on the market, a surplus of unwanted old-style televisions is adding to the rising amount of e-waste. In 2007-08, 16.8 million TVs and computers were discarded in Australia, with 84 per cent of these sent to landfill.

When not disposed of properly, the toxins from e-waste can escape from the landfill, seep into groundwater, contaminate the soil and enter the food chain causing serious health problems.

What E-Waste can I recycle?

E-Waste that can be recycled includes:

  • mobile phones and telephone systems
  • stereo components, DVD and video players
  • televisions
  • computers and accessories
  • printers, faxes and scanners
  • batteries
  • cartridges
Where can I recycle my E-Waste?

Mobile Phones

  • Longford Council Chambers
  • All Australia Post offices located within the muncipality


  • Longford Council Chambers
  • All Australia Post Offices located within the municipality

Computer / Printers / Televisions - Please view the Tasmanian Recycling Directory, see the link below.

For further information on where to recycle follow this link to the recycling near you directory.

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