Why Recycle?

Some people might question whether there is a justifiable need to to recycle timber and wood and the answer is definitely yes.

Timber is a valuable and extremely relevant resource in our environment and because it is a resource which is renewable and repairable, it can and should be diverted from landfill whenever possible.

Another important to note about timber, is that it actually uses significantly less energy to convert timber into packaging and pallets for example, than is required to convert other resources like plastic and metal.

For the majority of cases, it also requires less energy and resources to transport timber than it does plastic and metal, so it is certainly the smart thing to do when you make efforts to recycle and repurpose timber.

Provided it is not contaminated, most post-consumer wood or timber can be recycled.

It does need to be separated from coated, painted and preservative treated wood or timber materials and wood and timber with the following contaminants are not able to be recycled:

Dirt and Sand, Metal connectors, nails and plastic wrapping.

Edge bandings, glues and resins, oil, paint and other similar coatings.

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) and plywood

Timber that has been treated with Copper Chrome Arsenate (CCA) preservative. (some types of preservative are acceptable but you should check with the recycling centre)

Timber can not be recycled if it is presented along with other wastes like building rubble and general rubbish within the same load.

Treated Timber

There are a number of different preservatives used in Australia for treating timber which are directly impregnated into the timber. Humans and the environment in general can be put at risk through exposure to these chemicals, if the exposure is at high enough levels.

If this this the case, environmental issues can occur if the treated timber is subsequently burned without suitable emission control equipment.

Using treatment on wood is a double-edged sword, as it increase the durability of the wood but at the same time, it also severely limits the recycling options available. The result of this is there is a greater quantity of treated timber heading to landfill than ever before.

This is why government departments have launched a number of initiatives, such as the Victorian government’s Sustainability in Action, Towards Zero Waste Strategy, which has highlighted the disposal of treated wood as an important issue that needs addressing.

It would be beneficial if you are able to make yourself aware of these schemes and initiatives and familiarise yourself with the range of products which have been assigned priority, due to their improved resource recovery qualities and the reduced impact on the environment that some treated timber offers over others.

Here is a directory of some recognised pick-up and drop-off locations, listed regionally.

South Australia

Pick up locations

Adelaide Resource Recovery

Far Northern end of Hanson Rd.
Wingfield SA 5013
Contact: Hugh Hocking
Phone: 08 8244 8156
Website: http://www.arr.net.au/
Email: hugh.hocking@arr.net.au

CMTP South Australia

36-44 Churchill Road North
Dry Creek SA 5094
Phone: 08 8359 4804
Website: http://www.cmtp.com.au/

Southern Region Waste and Recycling Centre

12 Christie Road
Lonsdale SA 5160
Contact: Vicki Lazell
Phone: 08 8382 8618
Website: http://www.allbulkwaste.com.au/
Email: accounts@allbulkwaste.com.au


Unit 14, 160 Churchill rd
Cavan SA 5094
Contact: Chris Cunningham
Phone: 61417725738 or 1800 885 625
Website: http://www.bettatrans.com.au/
Email: chris.cunningham@bettatrans.com

Veolia Environmental Services

500 Churchill Road
Kilburn SA 5084
Phone: 08 8260 2122
Website: http://www.veolia.com.au/
Email: sa@veolia.com.au

Northern Territory

Pick up locations


GPO Box 2823
Sydney NSW 2001
Contact: Geordie Gill
Phone: 1300 782 247
Website: http://www.1300rubbish.com.au/
Email: geordie@1300rubbish.com.au

Infoactiv Group Pty Ltd

Level 3, 26 - 28 Prospect Street
Box Hill VIC 3128
Contact: John Gertsakis
Phone: 1800 489 278 or 03 8892 3029
Website: https://www.ecoactiv.com.au/
Email: info@ecoactiv.com.au

T2 Environmental

Macgregor Tce
Bardon QLD 4065
Contact: Terry Maguire
Phone: 1300 578 707
Website: http://t2environmental.com.au/
Email: sales@t2environmental.com.au

Remondis Australia Pty Ltd

69 Grindle Road
Rocklea QLD 4106
Phone: 13 73 73 or 07 3715 1500
Website: http://www.remondis.com.au/en/reau/sonderseiten/home/
Email: info@remondis.com.au

Oz Recycle - Online Recyclers Community

P.O. Box 134
Tanilba Bay NSW 2319
Website: http://www.ozrecycle.com/

New South Wales

Drop off locations

Ironwood Australia

88 Lillyfield Road
Rozelle NSW 2039
Contact: Chris Swadling
Phone: 0408 210 214 or 02 9819 1166
Website: http://www.ironwood.com.au/
Email: chris@ironwood.com.au

Benedict Recycling

38 McPherson St
Banksmeadow NSW 2019                     
Contact: Luke Miller
Phone: 0434 365 031
Website: http://benedictrecycling.com.au/
Email: recycling@benedict.com.au

Sydney Transwaste Industries

160 Arthur Street
Homebush West NSW 2140                     
Phone: 02 9746 8333
Website: http://www.transwaste.com.au/
Email: transwaste@bigpond.com

Back to Earth the Mulch Makers

132 Burfitt Rd
Riverstone NSW 2765                     
Contact: Peter Holloway
Phone: 02 9627 5758
Email: bbacktoe@optusnet.com.au

Pick up locations

Down to Earth Waste Removal

7 Mulwarree Avenue
Randwick NSW 2031                     
Contact: Victor Tavitian
Phone: 0409 453 810
Website: http://www.downtoearthwaste.com.au/
Email: info@downtoearthwaste.com.au

Watts Waste

50 Meatworks Avenue
Oxford Falls NSW 2101                     
Phone: 02 9452 4053
Website: http://www.wattswaste.com.au/
Email: sales@wattswaste.com.au

Bingo Recycling Centre Auburn

3-5 Duck St
Auburn NSW 2144                     
Phone: 1300 424 646
Website: https://www.bingogroup.com.au/
Email: enquiries@bingogroup.com.au

Lounge Recyclers

P.O. Box 110 Hunter Region Mail Centre
Warabrook NSW 2310
Contact: Michael Marshall
Phone: 02 40170446 or 0407 794 769
Website: http://www.newcastlerubbish.com.au/
Email: info@newcastlemattressrecyclers.com.au

J.J Richards & Sons Pty Ltd

Po Box 280
Figtree NSW 2525
Phone: 02 4274 9103
Website: http://jjrichards.com.au/
Email: admin.wollongong@jjrichards.com.au


Pick up locations

Anything Rubbish

Lindsay Road
Morayfield QLD 4506                     
Phone: 0466245628
Website: http://www.anythingrubbish.com.au/
Email: robertgreene674@gmail.com

J.R Stephens & Co Pty Ltd

169 Mary Street
Blackstone QLD 4304                     
Contact: Nathan Stephens
Phone: 07 3816 1911 or 0408 771 441
Website: http://www.jrstephens.com.au/
Email: nathan@jrstephens.com.au

Veolia Environmental

166 Boundary Rd
Rocklea QLD 4106                     
Phone: 1300 134 364
Website: http://www.veolia.com.au/
Email: qld@veolia.com.au

Steves Rubbish Removals

230 Stradbroke Avenue
Wynnum QLD 4178                     
Phone: 07 3348 4735
Website: http://www.stevesrubbishremovals.com.au/
Email: office@stevesrubbishremovals.com.au

T2 Environmental

172 Brisbane Road
Mooloolaba QLD 4557                     
Contact: graeme rose
Phone: 1300 578 707
Website: http://t2environmental.com.au/
Email: graeme.rose@t2environmental.com.au


Drop off locations within 50km of Melbourne


32 Kirkdale St
East Brunswick VIC 3057
Phone: 03 9389 5100 or 1300 362 362
Website: http://www.kartaway.com.au/
Email: sales@kartaway.com.au

DATS Environmental Services Pty Ltd

372-375 Dynon Road
Melbourne VIC 3051                     
Phone: 1300 00 3287
Website: http://dats.net.au/
Email: sales@dats.net.au

Knox Transfer Station

251 George Street
Melway reference 72 D3
Wantirna South VIC 3152                     
Phone: 03 9887 4222
Website: http://knoxtransferstation.com.au/

Super Safe Eco Waste Recycling Centre

199-201 Colchestor Rd
Kilsyth VIC 3137                     
Phone: 03 9723 3759
Email: NickV@supersafehire.com.au

Pick up locations

All Gone

Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000                     
Contact: Scott Robinson
Phone: 0419 717 710
Website: http://www.allgone.com.au/
Email: scott@allgone.com.au

Andian Waste

3 Ford Crescent
Thornbury VIC 3071                     
Contact: Ian Robinson
Phone: 0419 717 700
Website: http://www.andianwaste.com.au/
Email: ian@andian.com.au

Red Rabbit Rubbish Removal & Recycling Service

Reid Street
Northcote VIC 3070                     
Contact: Denny Carr
Phone: 0406445834
Website: http://www.redrabbitrubbish.com/
Email: redrabbit.rubbish@gmail.com

Nullarbor Timber

92 Graham Street
Moama NSW 2731                     
Contact: Ian
Phone: (03) 5480 0044
Email: ian@nullarbourtimber.com.au

Western Australia

Pick up locations

West Tip Waste Control

394 Victoia Road
Malaga WA 6090                     
Contact: Deanne or Stefan
Phone: 08 9249 1100
Website: http://www.westbin.com.au/
Email: stefan@westbin.com.au

BioWise - SITA Organics

45 McLaughlan Road
Postans WA 6167
Phone: 13 13 35
Website: http://www.sita.com.au/
Email: info@sita.com.au

Total Cleaning Services

18 Elmslie Street
Orelia WA 6167                     
Contact: James Cole
Phone: 0412 441 449
Email: thehandyman@iprimus.com.au


Finance Place
Malaga WA 6019                     
Contact: Rob Perisic
Phone: 0892485204
Website: http://defit.com.au/
Email: office@defit.com.au

Instant Waste Management

50 Clune Street
Bayswater WA 6053                     
Contact: Jake Hickey
Phone: 08 9379 2111
Email: jake@instantwaste.com.au

Australian Capital Territory

Drop off locations

Remondis Australia Pty Ltd

Flemington Road
Mitchell ACT 2911
Phone: 13 73 73 or 02 6126 5800
Website: http://www.remondis.com.au/en/reau/sonderseiten/home/
Email: info@remondis.com.au

Canberra Concrete Recyclers (includes untreated timber drop off)

Pialligo Avenue
Pialligo ACT 2609                     
Phone: 02 6249 7427
Website: http://www.canberraconcreterecyclers.com.au/

Pick up locations

SITA Australia

41 Alderson Place
Hume ACT 2620                     
Contact: SITA Customer Service
Phone: 13 13 35
Website: http://www.sita.com.au/

T2 Environmental

Macgregor Tce
Bardon QLD 4065                     
Contact: Terry Maguire
Phone: 1300 578 707
Website: http://t2environmental.com.au/
Email: sales@t2environmental.com.au

Loumbos Pty Ltd

25 Forrester Street
Kingsgrove NSW 2208                     
Contact: Chad Loumbos
Phone: 02 8577 1000
Website: http://www.loumbos.com.au/
Email: sales@loumbos.com.au

ReSource Environmental Solutions

50a Alexander Avenue
Taren Point NSW 2229                     
Contact: John McKay
Phone: 1300101552
Website: http://www.wastemanagement.com.au/
Email: john.m@wastemanagement.com.au


Drop off location

Troll Shop

Spreyton Waste Transfer Station
Bay Drive
Spreyton TAS 7310                     
Contact: Craig Scott
Phone: 03 6427 3424 or 0467 557 887
Email: info@lifelinetasmania.com.au

Pick up location

Resource Deconstruction

GPO Box 1092
Hobart TAS 7001                     
Contact: Tim Hankey
Phone: 03 6234 3772
Website: http://www.resourcetipshop.com/
Email: tim@resource.coop

CMTP Tasmania

1628 Warrentinna Road
Branxholm TAS 7261                     
Phone: 03 6355 4171
Website: http://www.cmtp.com.au/

Lesswaste Pty Ltd

Contact: Greg Levingston
Phone: 0437 927 830
Website: http://lesswaste.com.au/
Email: dir@lesswaste.com.au

Veolia Environmental Services

75 Mornington St
Mornington TAS 7018                     
Phone: 03 6244 0000
Email: tas@veolia.com.au

Other Useful Resources:




Towards Zero Waste WA

National Timber Product Stewardship Group

ResourceSmart Vic

Office of Environment and Heritage NSW