Waste & Recycling
Weekly Rubbish collection
Weekly Rubbish collection
A weekly residential rubbish collection operates throughout the whole Island, with details of collection times on the downloadable map above. Council will provide one 240 litre wheelie bin to new residential dwellings at no charge. Once a bin has been provided it is the responsibility of the ratepayer to maintain their wheelie bin to a functional standard.
Please leave your bin out before 7:30am on your collection day, placing it in such a location that it will not present undue hazard to pedestrians. Please make sure the bin is placed with handles facing away from the road.
Please remember that Council will only collect waste from residences that rates have been paid for.
The total weight must be less than 65 kg including the bin, and only household refuse may be left for collection (please refer to ‘what not to put in your bin’ below). Please wrap all materials likely to be offensive or to spread (e.g. vacuum dust) prior to being placed in the rubbish bin. We encourage you to compost food waste as this means less landfill and it is also great for your garden. If however rubbish disposal is required of food, please also contain appropriately. It is the responsibility of the occupier to keep their mobile garbage bins clean and tidy through regular cleaning and proper care. Excess waste beside the bin will not be collected.
Additional and/or replacement bins or parts for maintenance are available from the Council – see relevant fees below. Please note that Council will only collect waste from a bin with functional wheels and lid.
For more information contact the Council Depot.
Residential Waste Fees
|Fee Unit Adopted Fee 2020/21|
|Replacement Wheelie Bin|
|240 litre||per bin||$132.00|
|660 litre||per bin||$600.00|
|Wheelie Bin Spare Parts|
|240L wheels||per wheel||$20.00|
|240L axle||per axle||$31.00|
|240L lids||per lid||$36.00|
|Bin lid springs||per spring||$21.00|
What not to put in your bin
Household hazardous waste is waste that contains chemicals and can be harmful to humans and the environment. This waste does not belong in your residential bins. King Island residents can safely dispose of domestic quantities of household hazardous waste at the King Island Waste Transfer Station. Contact the Council Depot for more information on the disposal of hazardous waste, such as those listed below:
- Cleaners, acids and bleaches
- Engine coolants and glycols
- Flammable liquids (e.g. Hydrocarbons and fuels)
- Fluorescent lights
- Garden chemicals, fertilisers and poisons
- Gas cylinders
- Smoke detectors
- Deceased animals
King Island residents can safely dispose of domestic quantities of household hazardous waste at the King Island Waste Transfer Station. Contact the Council Depot for more information on disposal of hazardous waste.
The Environmental Protection Authority have put together an easy to use Factsheet which outlines the rules around backyard burning.
Waste Transfer Station
Waste Transfer Station
CHRISTMAS WASTE PICK UP DETAILS AND TIP HOURS are available here.
The Charles Street Waste Transfer Station, known as the “Tip”, is open during the following hours:
|Sunday||10am – 2pm|
|Tuesday||8am – 3.30pm|
|Thursday||8am – 3.30pm|
Please see relevant fees and charges for disposing waste at the Tip below.
Transfer Station Fees & Charges
|50 litre Garbage Bag||per bag||$5.00|
|Wheelie Bin/Car boot/Station wagon||per bin||$12.00|
|Ute / Box Trailer||$15.00|
|Green Waste||per m3||$12.00|
|Commercial Waste||per m3||$36.00|
|Whitegoods (De-gassed)||per item||$11.00|
|Asbestos (by prior arrangement only)||per m3 – Min charge 1m3||$140.00|
|Motor Vehicle Bodies (fluids drained)||per vehicle||$170.00|
|Car & motorcycle tyres||Note: 50% reduction for tyres that have been cut in half.||$10.00|
|Light truck & 4WD tyres||$17.00|
|Earthmover or tractor tyres||$35.00|
|Recyclable products separated & clean|
|Commercial Cardboard||per m3||$25.00|
|Chemical containers (must be triple rinsed)||Nil|
|Glass bottles and jars||Nil|
- Asbestos may be delivered by prior arrangement only. Read more here Asbestos Information.
- Chemical containers may be delivered to the Waste Transfer Station for inspection and acceptance in the drumMUSTER program. Read more about the drumMUSTER program here.
- Treated timber needs to be declared on arrival. ‘Treated timber’ means timber that has been treated in a pressure vessel with copper, chromium and/or arsenic solutions.
- Tyre discounts are available if tyres are cut ‘radially’ which means to cut along the circumference of the tyre.
- Fluids must be removed from motor vehicle bodies prior to disposal.
- Refrigerators and Air Conditioners must be degassed with supporting certification.
Commercial rubbish collection services are available three times per week. Commercial waste can be placed in 120 litre, 240 litre or 660 litre bins. To arrange a commercial collection service, find out about commercial waste collection days or request an additional/replacement bin, please contact the Council Depot.
Commercial waste collection fees
|240L Collection||per pick up/per bin||$11.00|
|660L Collection||per pick up/per bin||$30.00|
King Island Council is actively aiming for a more sustainable solution to waste management. Council is currently undertaking a waste management review that will look at better recycling arrangements for the Island to establish an efficient, effective recycling system that benefits the Island, its users and Council as the regulator and service provider.
Council separates green matter and offers battery and aluminium can recycling stations, which are managed by the local Lions Club.
The King Island Lions Club has been collecting batteries, aluminium cans and electrical cords for a number of years. Funds raised by the Lions Club from recycling these items are spent on community facilities.
Aluminium cans and electrical cords (any power cord or plastic-coated computer cable) can be placed in the large cages at both Parers Hotel car park and at the back of the King Island Club as well as in the red collection bins that are at the Golf Club, Currie Harbour, Ellie’s Cafe, Currie football ground, 13 Lighthouse Street and 7 John Street.
To recycle batteries, you can either take them to the Waste Management Depot or contact Lion member Ira Cook on 0417 615 598. It is preferable that batteries are drained, however the Lions Club are happy to collect them as is. They are also willing to take any scrap metal.
The King Island Lions Club also recycle used postage stamps. The collection box is at the Currie Post Office. Funds raised go towards buying walking frames for disabled children through the Children’s Mobility Foundation.
Used spectacles (frames and glasses, not the cases) can also be recycled. The collection point is at the local Chemist. These spectacles go towards vision and sight campaigns worldwide.
Clothing can be recycled by either placing in a charity bin located behind the Currie Library or by donating to the Senior Citizens Opportunity shop.
For more tips on how to minimise your household waste and to help keep King Island beautiful, you can find out more here.
Green Team - King Island District High School
Green Team – King Island District High School (KIDHS)
The KIDHS Green Team is a student-based, staff supported organisation with the aspiration to make a difference in our world by inspiring a “greener” and more sustainable way of life. Their role is to educate current and future generations, promote change and develop ideas to make our island the best it can be. They enjoy collaborating with staff, members of the King Island Council and other community organisations to achieve their roles and aims.
In 2019 the Green Team focused on the question “How is waste managed on King Island?”
The quest began with a fact finding mission.
The Green Team visited the Charles St and Parenna waste management sites and were provide an informative tour by the General Manager and other operational staff.
After a team meeting the team visited the Council and presented their thoughts and ideas to senior Council staff and later to a full Council meeting:
At this meeting the Council agreed to purchase glass collection bins and to continue to collaborate with the Green Team.
In 2020 the senior team members had a follow-up meeting with the General Manager and senior staff to discuss the glass separation initiatives and other ideas. Following this meeting, with the assistance of Council, the Green Team developed a sticker to be placed on recycling bins.