The history and purpose of Northern Rivers Waste

Northern Rivers Waste was established in 2000 as a business unit of Lismore City Council to undertake its waste operations. We manage three waste facilities within the Local Government Area including the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre, the Nimbin Transfer Station and the Brewster Street Drop-off Centre. In addition to these facilities, we also manage all domestic collections and have a significant commercial collection business.

We are committed to the sustainable management of waste and recyclables and to be a leader in waste management within NSW. Lismore has a long history of innovative waste management programs and was the first council in Australia to introduce mixed food and garden organics in 1999. The cost of waste disposal due to the NSW Government’s landfill levy and the community desire to become better recyclers is driving the continued evolution of the strategic waste direction for Lismore City Council.

The Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre is a regionally significant facility that includes a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), a Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), a composting facility, the Lismore Revolve Shop, a construction and demolition recovery area, Environmental Education Centre, Community Recycling Centre and the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. The Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre accepts waste materials from other neighbouring Councils and is becoming a regional hub of recycling and organics processing.