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Hunter Resource Recovery

Hunter Resource Recovery is a combined initiative of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, and Maitland City Councils and Singleton Council that manages the collection of recyclables in the Maitland local government area. Yellow lid recycling bins are emptied fortnightly at the kerbside and materials are taken to a state of the art automated material recovery facility where they are sorted and separated into 5 material types; paper, plastic, glass, aluminium and steel. Recyclable materials are then baled and distributed to industry for reprocessing within Australia and Asia for remanufacture.

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For all recycling bin repairs, replacements and missed services call the Recycling Hotline on 1800 838 884.

To avoid mistakes and find out what can be recycled in your yellow lid recycling bin download the A-Z Recycling Guide (

For further information on Hunter Resources Recovery, what can be recycled in your yellow lid bin and what happens to your recyclables after collection, visit the link below

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The REAL team

Last year over 700 tonnes of material was disposed of incorrectly into recycling bins across the Maitland, Cessnock, Lake Macquarie and Singleton Council areas, and as a result was sent to landfill.

To encourage a reduction in the amount of waste being presented in recycling bins Hunter Resource Recovery introduced the Recycling Education And Liaison (REAL) Team to assist residents to Recycle Right. The REAL team will be responsible for conducting bin checks across the streets of the above Councils to identify yellow lid recycling bins that need repair or replacement and to determine common mistakes in the use of the kerbside recycling service.

The team will provide helpful advice where a person presents a recycling bin with contents that are not suitable for collection and will encourage practices that reduce the amount of material sent to landfill from recycling bins.

In addition to the REAL team being out and about in your street, the team will also visit local shopping centres and community events to provide advice, education materials and to answer recycling questions.

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What Happens to Our Recyclables

Currently all plastics are sold to China. Plastics are separated into different types before they are used to make new items such as fabric, carpet, toys, electrical goods, storage containers, etc. Once purified it can also be used for new plastic bottles and containers.

Steel is sold to Simsmetal and is recycled into new steel products such as washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, motor vehicle parts, steel cans and building products.

All glass is recycled via ACI and is made into new glass bottles and jars by blending the recycled stock with raw material. Small glass or glass fines as they are known, are used for sandblasting, glazing of tiles and sandpaper.

Paper is sorted and sold for newsprint use. Australia now uses 82% recycled paper in their news print compared to 1997 when we imported around 80% of newspaper rolls from virgin material such as Asian rainforests. VISY buy most of the paper stock and some is exported to overseas markets.

All cardboard is recycled via VisyBoard who recycle the product into new cardboard products.

Aluminium is sold locally and is used for new aluminium products such as cans, car components and building products.

Steel and aluminium pots and pans are also sold to local merchants and used for the manufacture of new products.

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Household Ewaste Collection

A permanent ewaste collection skip is now located within the Mt Vincent Waste Management Facility.  Domestic quantities of ewaste only materials can be recycled free of charge, while mixed loads containing ewaste will incur the usuall disposal fees.

Ewaste is any electronic waste item.  It includes such things as televisions, VCR & DVD players, microwaves, mobile phones, printers and portable kitchen appliances.

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Schools FREE Recycling Bin Program

Hunter Resource Recovery invites all schools in the Maitland local government area to participate in it's school recycling program.  The program provides all schools whether primary, secondary, public, catholic or private with the opportunity to recycle materials to reduce waste by providing schools with free recycling bins.

For further information contact Hunter Resource Recovery on 1800 838 884 or visit

Hazardous Wastes 

Hazardous wastes include things such as chemical's, batteries, electronic waste, fluorescent globes, oil, tyres and toner cartridges. These wastes should not be placed in either your yellow lidded recycling bin or your red lidded garbage bin, as they may contain heavy metals and/or toxic materials. To find out how to dispose of hazardous waste items safely use  visit the Hazardous Waste Factsheet

Household Chemical Collection

In association with the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Council undertakes collections throughout the year of unwanted chemicals.

The collections allow for items such as solvents, household cleaners, fluorescent globes & tubes, car batteries, motor oil, fuels, paint, pesticides & herbicides, poisons, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, pool chemicals, acids & alkalis to be dropped off free of charge for safe disposal.

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DrumMuster is a service which allows for the collection and recycling of unwanted empty agricultural and veterinary products.  Containers elegible for recycling carry the DrumMuster logo as seen below.

drumMUSTER provides:

  • an environmentally responsible solution for chemical users to the problem of disposing their empty chemical containers;
  • helps property owners to keep their property clean of potential contamination;
  • encourages good farming practice and meets Qualtiy Assurance obligations; and
  • supports the preservation of the wider environment.

DrumMUSTER products are recycled into useful everyday items such as street signs, irrigation piping, plant stakes and outdoor furniture.

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Waste in Maitland

For information on Waste in Maitland please visit the Residents & Community section of Council's Website.

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Fridge Buyback

Fridge Buyback is an award-winning residential energy savings program that actually pays you to help save the environment and reduce your power bills by giving up your old second fridge or upright freezer. As of 1 July 2016, new exciting rules apply.

Old fridges and freezes are some of the biggest energy users in the home, consuming up to three times the energy of new appliances. Running a second fridge adds an average of $300 a year to your power bills and results in one tonne of carbon pollution being released into the atmosphere. Old upright freezers use almost as much power as an old fridge.

Fridges and freezers collected by Fridge Buyback are professionally degassed and the metals recycled.

To participate in this program your second fridge or upright freezer must be in working condition, and have been in regular use, and is not the main fridge/freezer at the home. The appliance must also be a minimum of 200 litres (7.06 cubic feet) or more.

Fridges and freezers are collected by professional removalists and a $25 rebate is paid if the removal involves stairs with six or fewer interior or exterior stairs. Where collection involves between seven to twenty stairs, collection is free but no rebate will be paid. Appliance removal involving 21 (twenty-one) or more stairs will not involve payment and will incur a fee which will be negotiated directly with the removalists prior to collection.

Ring 1800 708 401 to book or see Fridge Buy Back for the terms and conditions and more information.  Collection of fridges will be on a campaign basis and be undertaken when sufficient numbers are available for a load from Maitland.

Fridge Buyback operates under the NSW Government's Energy Saving Scheme.