Our Recycing Facilities

Our state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility (or MRF, pronounced 'Murph') is a specialised plant that sorts, separates and prepares recyclable materials, ready to be sent off and made into new products.

We process over 22,000 tonnes of materials each year including recycling from our neighbouring councils, making us the recycling hub of the region.

The MRF enables us as a community to deal with the waste created in our own backyards and work toward becoming a model of sustainability.

The better everyone recycles at home, the better our MRF works. Which is why we encourage all residents to join our #RecycleRight campaign and learn our six easy recycling routines.

Glass Recycling

Through our MRF, we recover glass and then crush it to produce a glass sand. Some of this glass sand is sent to Blakebrook Quarry where it is mixed with other materials and turned into road base. Glass sand is also used in drainage works and pipe bedding, and is a cost effective, sustainable alternative to metal dust and sand.

Through crushing glass back into sand, we can repurpose not only glass bottles and jars, but also plate glass, drinking ware, crockery and pyrex. This means we are capturing more glass for recycling and less is going to landfill.

Transforming glass back into sand reduces the need to mine virgin material for road base and asphalt, decreasing road resealing costs and limiting truck movements on the road. Making road base and fill material from recycled products, rather than mining virgin materials, uses considerably less energy and water, and creates less air pollution.

Remember to place all your old glass, crockery, pyrex, plate glass, drinking glasses etc in your yellow recycling bin. The only type of glass not suitable for recycling is windscreen glass.


Commercial Industrial Waste

Our commercial waste sorting facility at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery uses both mechanical and manual sorting techniques to separate incoming construction and demolition waste and commercial and industrial waste. Council removes materials such as concrete and steel to recycle and divert from landfill.

The facility provides a regional hub for the recycling of commercial waste and we divert around 10,000 tonnes of waste per annum from landfill.


Problem Waste

You can grab one of our free Resource Recovery Collection Satchels to recycle problem waste. This includes household batteries, reading glasses, corks, X-rays, CDs and DVDs, mobile phones, small electronics and printer cartridges. These items can be placed into a Resource Recovery Collection Satchel and when it’s full, placed into your yellow recycling bin. Resource Recovery Collection Satchels are free to pick up at your local Council office or library. You can also drop-off household problem waste such as car batteries, fire extinguishers, gas bottles, oil, paint and large e-waste such as computers, laptops and TVs free of charge at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre at 313 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore. There is a 20kg/20-litre limit after which fees apply.

Too good to throw away? Bring it to the Revolve Shop...

If you have items that you no longer want but are too good to throw away, bring them to the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre at 313 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore. Used items that are in good condition such as clothes, bikes, toys, household furniture and homewares can be dropped off for free and sold through our Revolve Shop.