Waste and Recycling

Please see information of our updated Commercial and Domestic Waste services and charges.

Please click here for the Commercial Waste services and charges brochure.

Please click here Domestic Waste services and charges.

For the complete Fees and Charges structure for 2018/2019 please click here.

Katherine Town Council is a proud member of the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme.

‘Through the voluntary Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme, industry participants commit to increase the recycling and resource recovery of Australia’s end-of-life tyres and minimise environmental, health and safety impacts.’


Waste Management Facility

The Katherine Town Council Waste Management Facility is located on Lot 5043 Novis Quarry Road, approximately 7km’s from the GPO along the Victoria Highway, opposite the Rail Terminal.

Opening Hours
For your convenience, the Waste Transfer Station is OPEN:
Monday to Friday 7.30 am to 5.30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 8.00 am to 4.00 pm
Public Holidays 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

The site is CLOSED on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Accepted Wastes

The facility accepts municipal, commercial and construction waste streams. It also accepts green waste, animal carcasses and a number of listed wastes including; asbestos, small volumes of oil, tyres and batteries. If you are unsure about whether we can accept a specific waste, please contact the council on 08 8972 5500.

Asbestos disposal by APPLICATION ONLY.

Waste Charges

Domestic users disposing of waste via private motor vehicles, including trailers, will be at no cost. For commercial users the Fees and Charges Structure contains all applicable weighbridge charges.

Kerbside Waste Collection

Collection Information

Collection Day

Put Bin Out



Monday Night

Katherine North (town), Florina Road


Tuesday Night

Katherine South (town), Zimmin Drive, Stuart Estate, Emungalan Road, Gorge Road, Staurt Highway (North), Victoria Highway


Wednesday Night

Katherine East (town)


Thursday night

Collins Road, Byers Road, Uralla Road, Stuart Highway (South), Binjari Community

Collection Tips

Please place your bin on the nature strip close to the kerb with the handle of the bin facing your property. For rural areas place the bin within 2m of the edge of the sealed road with the handle of the bin facing the property.
Please DO NOT place the following items in your rubbish bin:

  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids including oil, paint & solvents
  • Soil and rocks
  • Gas bottles
  • Medical waste
  • Timber, concrete, bricks and building material including asbestos

Bins will not be collected if they are; too heavy, put out after the service has passed your property, not approved by council or if the bin is full to the extent that the lid will not close (e.g. palm fronds or metal sticking out). During the wet season residents are discouraged from putting wet grass clippings in their bin as they can result in a blockage and result in the bin not being completely emptied.

Missed Service
Please allow until COB on bin collection day before contacting Council about a missed service as the normal routes may be disrupted or delayed. To report a missed service to Council use the Service Request form.

Request a Bin
If the bin is for a new dwelling or an additional service for an existing dwelling please complete the Service Request form.

If your bin has been stolen or damaged and you require a replacement bin please complete the Service Request form.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

The Waste Management Facility is licenced to accept asbestos that complies with NT Work Safe Authority regulations and legislative requirements. Please visit www.worksafe.nt.gov.au for clarification on these regulations. The disposal of asbestos is strictly by appointment only. Please contact Council’s Works Department on 08 8972 5500 to arrange for a suitable disposal time, and complete the Asbestos Removal Application Form.

Vehicle batteries can be deposited in a receptacle at the Waste Management Facility and are recycled.

Chemical Drums
Katherine Town Council participates in industry stewardship initiatives run by AgStewardship Australia for the safe disposal and pollution reduction of chemicals and their containers. drumMUSTER is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable crop protection and animal health chemical containers. The containers can be deposited, by prior arrangement, at the Katherine Waste Management Facility. Please contact the Council’s Works Department on 08 8972 5500 to organise a drop off time. For further information on this national initiative including container eligibility and cleanliness standards please visit www.drummuster.com.au.

ChemClear is an industry funded national program for the collection and disposal of unwanted rural chemicals. The objective of the program is to minimise the accumulation of unwanted chemicals on farms which may create potential risks to the environment, public health and trade. For more detailed information, including eligible chemicals, please visit www.chemclear.com.au or contact ChemClear directly on 1800 008 182.

Domestic volumes of waste mineral and cooking oils can be deposited in separate receptacles at the Waste Management Facility. The containers are emptied when full and recycled.

The Waste Management Facility accepts both whole and shredded tyres. Domestic users can deposit tyres at no cost; commercial users are subject to tyre charges in the Fees and Charges Structure booklet.


Recycling in Katherine
Recycling is an important part of our modern world. It can provide benefits to the economy, the environment and your hip pocket! Working together we can all reduce the toxic and recyclable wastes we send to landfill and provide ongoing benefits to the community of Katherine.

Katherine Waste Management Facility
The Katherine Waste Management Facility has collection areas for a number of recyclable wastes. Katherine residents can deposit the following items at no cost:

  • Cooking oil
  • Motor oil
  • Car batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Scrap metal
  • White goods
  • Car bodies

If you are unsure of where to deposit you recyclables just ask the on duty gate officer.

What else can I recycle?

Beverage Containers
Take your eligible containers back to an approved Northern Territory Collection Depot and get 10 cents back in your pocket. The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) helps to reduce litter from our streets, increases recycling and helps reduce the amount of rubbish being disposed to landfill.

Katherine has one collection depot which has been approved by the NT EPA to provide the 10 cent refund on eligible containers, details below. There may also be a number of community groups, schools and sporting clubs operating collection points around the town as a great fundraising opportunity.

Collection Depot: MT Bins, Shed 5 Bovril St, Katherine NT 0850. Please check online for opening hours and contact number.

Help your Collection Depot by returning containers that are eligible and not crushed to get your 10 cent refund. To reduce your waiting times at the Collection Depot, ensure your containers are clean and have no lids on them.

Mobile Phones

Mobile Muster is the official product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry. It's a free not for profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories.

Mobile phones and accessories can be deposited at a number of registered sites in Katherine, they are; The Civic Centre, Katherine Public Library, Australia Post, NT Tech and The Salvation Army. Alternatively a free mailing label can be downloaded from their website http://www.mobilemuster.com.au or a reply-paid satchel can be picked up from Australia Post.

Printer Cartridges
Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is a free recycling program for cartridges, toner bottles, fuser and drum units, print heads and waste hoppers. These products can be deposited at the Australia Post outlet in town. If your business goes through more than 3 cartridges a month you can get a free collection box at your workplace. Go to http://cartridges.planetark.org for more information.