Waste management is a core business area for Councils. It encompasses all activities and services that revolve around collecting, disposing and reducing waste. In dealing with waste management Council uses the most effective technologies and methods available whilst striving to protect environmental and public health.
All Tasmanian Councils run some form of garbage collection, recycling service and operate waste transfer stations and/or landfill sites. West Tamar Council runs the Exeter Transfer Station (Biloo Street) and the Beaconsfield Waste Transfer Station (Bowens Jetty Road).
Waste Transfer Station Opening Hours
- Monday to Friday (except public holidays) - 10.00am to 4.00pm
- Saturday, Sunday and public holidays - 10.00am to 5.00pm
- Sites closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday
Waste disposal charges are detailed on page 9 of Council's Fees and Charges Schedule available here.
Ratepayers are issued with three complimentary tip tickets each financial year which provides them standard entry to the value of $17 at the Exeter, and Beaconsfield Waste Transfer Stations, and City of Launceston's Waste Centre. All three vouchers may be used at once for large loads to the value of $51, or individual vouchers may be used in conjunction with cash or card payment if it exceeds a standard load. Please note that change won't be provided if the load charge is less than $17.
Further information about Launceston Waste Centre can be found on the City of Launceston Website.
Exeter and Beaconsfield Waste Transfer Stations accept:
- Domestic waste
- Green Waste
- Tyres (fees may apply)
- Waste Oil
- Whitegoods (Fridges etc)
- Domestic Cardboard
- Empty gas bottles
- e-waste (exeter only)
- Aluminium and steel cans
- Glass bottles
- Car Batteries
- Domestic polystyrene
- Hot Water Systems
Does NOT accept
- Bulky items such as car bodies, old tanks, farm fencing, etc
- Building material such as bricks and mortar, plasterboards, cement boards, bitumen products and concrete
- Putrescible waste, animal carcasses
- Liquid waste (herbicides / pesticides)
- Hospital waste
- Chemicals and chemical containers (except DrumMuster at Beaconsfield, see below)
Recycling at Waste Transfer Stations
West Tamar Council recycles a range of materials at its Exeter and Beaconsfield waste transfer stations. Items that can be recycled at these centres are:
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Glass bottles and jars
- Aluminium and Steel cans
- e-waste (Exeter only)
- Scrap steel
- Wet and Dry paint tins (Exeter Only, see below)
- Engine Oil
- Green Waste
- Household items suitable for resale
DO NOT PLACE ANY RECYCLABLE ITEMS IN PLASTIC BAGS
Recycling at Council Offices
West Tamar Council recycles a range of materials at its Riverside and Beaconsfield Offices. Items that can be recycled at these centres are:
- Mobile Phones
- Ink and toner Cartridges (Riverside only)
- Sharps (Riverside only)
Chemical Containers - drumMUSTER
The West Tamar Council supports the drumMUSTER program and has a designated compound at the Beaconsfield Transfer Station. The drumMUSTER program was set up to deal with the problem of empty chemical containers from crop production to animal health products. drumMUSTER is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers. To use this service you MUST:
- Check that your containers have the drumMUSTER logo and are therefore eligible (a levee has been paid on drumMUSTER drums only)
- Ensure all containers have been thoroughly rinsed (this is best done immediately after emptying as residues are hard to remove when dry). The inside, outside and threads must be free of any residue.
- Don't replace the caps/lids and allow containers to dry upside down.
- Book a drumMUSTER delivery on 6323 9302 (at least 24 hrs notice) and deliver your eligible containers to the drumMUSTER compound at the Waste Transfer station in Beaconsfield.
- Small numbers of drums can be taken into the Waste Transfer station at Beaconsfield at any time during operational hours, but half an hour before closing time to allow inspection of drums for cleanliness.
If you require further information about the program, or cleaning tips for hard-to-clean containers, please visit the drumMUSTER website at www.drummuster.com.au.
Paintback takes unwanted paint tins with wet or dry paint and packaging, and recycles it.
Paintback is an independent not-for-profit organisation which is funded through a 15 cents plus GST per litre levy on eligible products and:
- Responsibly deals with waste paint after painting
- Declutters your garage, shed or under the house of old paint containers
- Recycles and reduces waste going to landfill
- Avoids landfill fees that may apply to waste paint
Please responsibly dispose of paint tins in 20L or less at the Exeter and Beaconsfield Waste Transfer Stations, or the Launceston Waste Centre. For further information please visit www.paintback.com.au
Liquid Trade Waste
Waste such as grease, oils, solvents and chemicals (basically anything except human sewage) should not be put directly into sewerage or on-site wastewater management systems. Liquid trade waste can not be disposed of at the Waste Transfer Stations. If you operate a business that produces quantities of such materials, please contact TasWater.
Waste can be reduced by:
- buying items with less packaging
- using available recycling services
- composting garden and food waste at home (or utilising our FOGO Service in the Riverside, Trevallyn and Legana areas)
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 & fruit peelings
- tea bags & coffee grinds
- vacuum dust
- small prunings, leaves & grass clippings
- straw & sawdust
- wood ash
- shredded paper & 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.
Worm farms are another way to reduce food and garden waste. Worm castings that result from the worms' 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.
Your co-operation is sought in maintaining the appearance of the community by assisting with the prevention of littering. Many road verges continue to be inundated with litter and it takes considerable effort to restore and maintain their appearance. Severe penalties exist under the Litter Act 1973 for littering and several of Council's officers are appointed as authorised officers for the purpose of abating the problems of refuse dumping and littering in unauthorised areas. You can help by ensuring your garbage is well contained and secure on collection days, keeping the verge clean near your home and picking up and disposing of unsightly litter.