Tricky Waste Items


Check out the list below for tricky waste items that can be recycled within the Snowy Monaro. 


Community Recycling Centre

Residents can now drop off the following household problem waste items for FREE all year round at their Community Recycling Centre, helping to minimise our community's impact on the environment.

  • Paint (oil and water based)
  • Gas bottles and fire extinguishers
  • Fluoro globes and tubes
  • Household and car batteries
  • Motor oils
  • Other oils
  • Smoke detectors

Other items that can be dropped for FREE include:

  • Mobile phones
  • Printing cartridges

Only household quantities of the above materials will be accepted.

As a guide a maximum container of 20 litres or 20 kilograms each of the wastes listed.

For more information please visit Environment Protection Authority 


Cooma Community Recycling Centre

8448 Monaro Highway, Cooma

Phone 02 6452 1105

Mon-Fri 9:30am - 4:30pm / Sat 1pm - 5pm / Sun 11am - 5pm

Closed public holidays

Snowy River Community Recycling Centre

6013 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne

Phone 02 6457 1064

Mon-Fri 9:30am - 4:30pm / Sat-Sun 10am - 3pm

Closed public holidays


Community Recycling Stations 

Community Recycling Stations (CRS) are small cabinets generally placed at libraries and council facilities such as community centres, to allow for the convenient and free drop-off of small quantities of common household problem wastes.

What can be dropped off at these stations?

  • Fluoro globes
  • Ink cartridges
  • Household batteries

Council will transport the materials collected to the larger Community Recycling Centre at Cooma Landfill or Jindabyne Landfill.

The small problem waste items will be recycled and/or safely disposed. This improves our recycling rates and keeps potentially hazardous materials from entering our environment.

Community Recycling Stations are located at:

  • Cooma Library Cooma and Berridale Council Offices
  • Bombala Community Centre
  • Jindabyne Mitre 10
  • Michelago Bank of Bins

Household Chemical CleanOut

Council provides the Snowy Monaro community with an annual Household Chemical CleanOut day for safe disposal of hazardous problem waste. These events are free services held across NSW on specified dates.

2024 dates to be announced 

What can I take to a Household Chemical CleanOut event?

You can take household quantities of the following household chemicals and items – up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item.

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Motor fuels
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Smoke detectors
  • Paint and paint-related products
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Car and household batteries
  • Motor oils and cooking oils

Storing and transporting unwanted chemicals

Handle and transport chemicals carefully:

  • Never mix chemicals as this may produce dangerous reactions.
  • Wherever possible keep all chemicals in their original containers.
  • Ensure containers are clearly labelled and well-sealed. If you do not know the contents, label the container 'unknown chemical'.
  • Liquid can leak during transport: wrap containers holding liquids securely in newspaper, place in sturdy plastic bags and then in plastic buckets or trays.
  • Keep household chemicals away from passengers, for example, by placing them in the boot of your car.

Maritime Flares

The expired maritime flare mobile collection program will commence again in November 2023.


Roads and Maritime has launched a program to help boaters dispose of expired flares, with mobile collections set up along the NSW coastline.

Flares signal that you are in trouble and provide an exact location for searching aircraft or vessels. Only ignite them when rescuers are in view and can spot your flare.
Most flares have a use-by-date of three years, and penalties apply if they are not replaced before the expiry date. It is the responsibility of marine flare owners to dispose of the expired flares in a safe and timely manner.  

For more information on the schedule and other collection locations across  NSW please visit the RMS website on Flares  or call 13 12 36.



Sharps are objects that are intended for cutting or penetrating the skin, such as:

  • needles
  • syringes with needles
  • intravenous giving sets
  • lancets
  • scalpel blades


What can I do with my sharps? 

Many people rely on needles, lancets or syringes to manage medical conditions and to maintain their own health or that of a family member, sharps equipment is also often used for pet and livestock health.

Correct methods of disposal should be followed for health and safety reasons, the correct disposal of this waste type is obviously very important. 

Sharps must never be placed into any kerbside recycling, garbage or food and garden organics (FOGO) bins. Medical sharps containers can be purchased from pharmacies and disposed of at sited listed below for disposal, free of charge.

Sharps are hazardous to both workers and the public if they make their way into landfills or recycling centres.

NSW Health can assist with Community sharps disposal and users find the most convenient location to dispose of their sharps safely.


How should I handle my sharps?

Generators of sharps should ensure they are stored correctly so that there is no risk of injury to anyone who may come into contact with them.

Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Sharps should be stored in a puncture-proof Australian Standard sharps container (a yellow sharps container)
  • Sharps containers should be stored in a secure location so children cannot access the container
  • Do not recap your needles before placing them into the sharps container
  • When the sharps waste container is filled to the level indicated by the manufacturer, seal the lid firmly.


Where can I purchase a sharps container?

Medical sharps containers that come in a range of sizes can be purchased from pharmacies or by contacting the local branch of Diabetes Australia.


Regional Sharps Disposal Locations

Bombala Hospital

Wellington Street Bombala


Delegate MultiPurpose Service

15 Craigie Street, Delegate


Cooma Hospital

2A Bent Street, Cooma


Jindabyne Health One building – downstairs carpark

Thredbo Terrace, Jindabyne


Snowy Monaro Regional Council offers drumMUSTER collection.  You can drop off eligible drumMUSTER containers at the following times:

  • Adaminaby Transfer Station:  Saturdays 10am - 3pm - 6457 1064 (Jindabyne Landfill)
  • Berridale Transfer Station:  Sundays 10am - 3pm - 6457 1064 (Jindabyne Landfill)
  • Bombala Landfill: by appointment only - 0439 066 601
  • Cooma Landfill: first Friday of the month by appointment only - 6452 1105
  • Jindabyne Landfill: 7 days normal operating hours - 6457 1064

Please ensure you call to prearrange a drop off time at Bombala and Cooma facilities.

For more information on Adaminaby and Berridale Transfer Stations drop off arrangements contact Jindabyne Landfill on 6457 1064.

Rinse them out, Round them up, and Run them in   

drumMUSTER is specially designed for the disposal of eligible, cleaned agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical containers.

drumMUSTER collects eligible non-returnable metal or plastic containers above one litre/kilogram and up to 205 litre/ kilogram in declared content in the packaging of crop production and animal health products used for:

  • agricultural and livestock production
  • industrial and recreational pest and weed control
  • forestry
  • household pest control operations
  • similar activities conducted by government authorities.



Participating manufacturers are identified by the inclusion of the eligible drumMUSTER container logo on their eligible containers. The logo can be displayed on the chemical label, embossed into the container wall or applied as a sticker to the container. Containers not displaying this logo may be from non-participating manufacturers and will not be accepted into the program.

All containers must be triple rinsed, empty, with lids off, as well as displaying the drumMUSTER container logo (example below).

All containers are inspected at site drop-off and  non-eligible or unclean containers will be rejected.

For more information visit the drumMUSTER website here.