Problem waste

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Our Community Recycling Stations accept common household problem wastes that cannot go into kerbside bins: 

  • Household batteries
  • Smoke detectors
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Reading glasses
  • Printer cartridges
  • X-rays

The stations are located at Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre, Ballina Library, Council Customer Service Centre, and Lennox Head Community Centre.

Mobile Phones and Accessories

Can also be dropped off at:

  • Ballina's Telstra Store
  • Ballina's Optus World

Needles and Sharps

You can drop your needles and sharps at any of the following pharmacies free of charge:

  • Terry White Chemist, The Plaza, Alstonville
  • Main Street Pharmacy, Main Street, Alstonville
  • Wollongbar Pharmacy, Simpson Avenue, Wollongbar
  • Our Chemist, Ballina West Shopping Centre, Ballina
  • Chemmart, River Street, Ballina Shire Council
  • Blooms the Chemist, Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, Ballina
  • Lennox Head Pharmacy, Ballina Street, Lennox Head
  • East Ballina Pharmacy, Links Avenue, East Ballina  

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags and soft plastics should be avoided if possible as they take thousands of years to break down in landfill.

However, rather than sending them to landfill you can take them to a REDcycle drop off bin located at all leading Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. They are then recycled into items such as bollards and park benches.


E-waste can be dropped off free at the Waste Management Centre. Accepted materials are:

  • all televisions, such as CRTs, plasma, LCD and projection televisions
  • laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets
  • computer monitors
  • parts for personal computers - eg internal hard drives, motherboards, cards, internal power supplies, CPUs, DVD and CD drives
  • computer peripherals - eg mice, keyboards, joysticks, game pads, scanners and web cameras
  • printers - eg home office ink-jet, dot matrix, laser printers and multi-functional devices

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Postal Address

The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450
Ballina NSW 2478

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40 Cherry Street
Ballina NSW 2478


Opening Hours

8:15am - 4:30pm

Monday to Friday