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Managing waste wisely

Problematic Waste

Problematic waste has the potential to cause significant damage to the environment if placed in landfill. Please recycle it or dispose of it correctly to minimise its environmental impact.

Problematic waste includes:


Given its capacity to cause significant harm to human and environmental health, asbestos needs be handled with extreme care.

Asbestos recycling sign

Asbestos Disposal Information

Asbestos needs to be handled with extreme care, given its capacity to cause significant harm to human and environmental health. In order for asbestos to be safely disposed of a small fee applies.

Asbestos must be presented to the West Metro Recycling Centre in the following form:

  • It must be cement bonded asbestos only. Fibrous loose asbestos will not be accepted.
  • Asbestos sheets must be wetted down before being wrapped.
  • Securely double wrapped polyethylene (black plastic) with no asbestos exposed or able to escape.
  • Only 1 sheet of asbestos in each bundle.
  • Maximum three sheets of asbestos per customer per visit.
  • Packaged so that it can be lifted – customers will be required to unload the asbestos by hand onto a pallet or into a skip bin under the supervision of WMRC staff and should take care not to damage the wrapping.

Please note: For your safety, and the safety of those around you, you will not be able to dispose of asbestos at the WMRC until it is prepared in the way outlined above. Failure to comply with these requirements for presenting asbestos will be recorded and may be reported to the relevant authorities. Improperly disposing of asbestos is an offence under the Controlled Waste Regulations and breaches may attract a fine.


The WMRC accepts the following items of E-waste from the general public (domestic quantities only). This service is free of charge:

  • CD drives and floppy drives
  • Circuit boards and other circuitry
  • Computers, mouse, keyboards, hard drives and servers
  • Electronic cables and wiring
  • Fax machines
  • Ipods, Ipads, tablets
  • Laptops
  • Mobile Phones
  • Modems
  • Monitors
  • Photocopiers
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Televisions
  • UPS systems.

Man recycling old computer


Mattresses cannot be effectively buried in landfill, but most of their components can be recycled, making them a valuable commodity. You can recycle your household mattresses at the WMRC for a small fee.

Pile of mattresses to be recycled


Tyres can be recycled into new products. The WMRC accepts vehicle tyres at the WMRC for a fee.

Close up of a pile of tyres