Byron Resource Recovery Centre

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When visiting the Resource Recovery Centre, please remember

  • You must check in using the QR code.
  • Eftpos or account only payment.
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times.

From 11 October to 30 November 2021, to enter the second hand tip shop you must be fully vaccinated. This is inline with public health orders.  

More COVID-19 information

Drop off your problem household waste items for free at our Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre. You can drop off:

  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Paint
  • Fluoro globes and tubes
  • Car and household batteries
  • Motor and other oils
  • Smoke detectors
  • Electronic waste, such as TV’s and computers.
  • White good like dishwashers and microwaves as scrap metal. 
  • Refrigerators and air-condition units can be dropped off at a cost of $35 per item.

Only household quantities accepted. Maximum container size 20kg or 20L. 

Check out the North East Waste website to see what happens to the problem waste items you take to the Community Recycling Centre.

Leaving items on your nature strip is considered illegal dumping and can incur a fine of up to $4000.

Each household receives one free drop-off per financial year at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre for:

  • up to 150 kg of bulky waste, or
  • up to 500 kg of green waste. 

Payment is required for additional disposal.

How to use your free drop off


To get your free household drop-off, present one of the following to the Byron Resource Recovery weighbridge for scanning:

  • The property's rates notice or quarterly instalment notice
  • The property's water bill.


To get a free household drop-off for a rental property, you will need to obtain permission from the property owner or real estate agent.

Present one of the following to the Byron Resource Recovery weighbridge for scanning:

The free drop off is limited to one trip only.

Our mobile aerated floor (MAF) composting facility turns more than 3,000 tonnes of garden waste a year in to a pasteurised garden organics product (mulch).

It's what we like to call super food for your soil.

Applying mulch significantly improves soil quality by: 

  • increasing microbial activity
  • assisting with weed and disease suppression 
  • protecting against erosion
  • reducing soil water loss.

Our mulch can be used for any land applications including home gardens, urban landscaping, agriculture and land rehabilitation. 

Buy compost from us

The mulch is available for purchase for $35/cubic metre and $7/bag.

Contact our Resource Recovery Hotline on 1300 652 625 if you would like to discuss a bulk order.

The Mobile Aerated Floor (MAF) process

MAF technology, was developed in Germany and it aerates the compost through a system of pipes underneath the compost piles.

The MAF technology takes garden waste and turns it into beautiful, rich, mulch in six to eight weeks which is half the amount of time it takes with conventional composting systems. This minimises energy and water use and maximises output per square meter of composting surface.

Not-for-profit community groups often have limited financial resources, we therefore provide fee relief from waste disposal charges to help groups that:

  • run disposal stores for the sale of second hand and reusable items, and
  • clean up public land.

This relief is provided under the Waste Disposal Fees for Not-for-Profit Groups Policy 

View the fee relief application form to find out if your organisation is eligible.