Waste Transfer Stations


All Tasmanian Councils run some form of garbage collection, recycling service and operate waste transfer stations and/or landfill sites. West Tamar Council owns the Exeter Transfer Station (Biloo Street) and the Beaconsfield Waste Transfer Station (Bowens Jetty Road) which is run by Just Waste Consulting.



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
  • Open from 12noon ANZAC Day.
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Waste disposal charges are detailed in Council's Fees and Charges ScheduleEFTPOS is the preferred method of payment. 

Reusable items are available for purchase by members of the public at our waste transfer stations.


Ratepayers are issued with three complimentary tip tickets each financial year which provides them standard entry 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, 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 the ticket price.


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 (200mm max. diameter of timber, tree stumps, limbs or branches)
  • Tyres (additional fees may apply)
  • Waste Oil
  • Whitegoods (Fridges etc)
  • Mattresses (additional fees may apply)
  • Domestic Cardboard
  • Empty gas bottles
  • E-waste (Exeter & Launceston Waste Centre only)
  • Aluminium and steel cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Car Batteries
  • Domestic polystyrene
  • Hot Water Systems
  • Fencing wire (tightly wound into small bundles, posts and debris removed)
  • Roofing Iron (any length)
  • Small quantities of building material such as bricks and mortar, plasterboards, cement boards, bitumen products and concrete 

Does NOT accept

  • Bulky items such as car bodies, old tanks, farm fencing, etc.
  • Asbestos
  • 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. Domestic quantities of some recyclable items will be accepted at no cost. Check with the attendant for details.
Items that can be recycled at these centres are:

  • Cardboard (free of charge - household quantities only, ie a boot load)
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminium and Steel cans
  • E-waste (Exeter and Launceston Waste Centre only)
  • Scrap steel (free of charge - household quantities only, ie no more than 1m)
  • Wet and Dry paint tins (Exeter Only, see below)
  • Engine Oil
  • Green Waste (for a fee - see Fees & Charges Schedule for further information relating to pricing)
  • Household items suitable for resale can be resold through the Waste Transfer Station recycling shop (Free of charge if in resale condition. Please note: condition will be assessed on entry). Items that need to be kept out of the weather should be taken to the Beaconsfield Waste Transfer Station for resale to be stored appropriately.


 A-Z Guide to Recycling and Waste


Recycling at Council Offices

West Tamar Council recycles a range of materials at its Riverside and Beaconsfield Offices. Our Riverside Office has a Recycling Hub. Details of accepted items are available on the Recycling Hub page of our website.

The Beaconsfield Office is able to accept Batteries, fluorescent light globes and mobile phones.

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.
  • 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.
  • Book for a large drumMUSTER delivery by contacting Justin at JustWaste on 0418 311 033 (at least 24 hrs notice) and deliver your eligible containers to the drumMUSTER compound at the Waste Transfer station in Beaconsfield.  

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 Scheme
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 Waste Transfer Station, 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 cannot be disposed of at the Waste Transfer Stations. If you operate a business that produces quantities of such materials, please contact TasWater.

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