Essential Recycling and Waste Services


recover, recycle, reuse 


Commodity recycling

To recycle domestic quantities of paper, cardboard, glass and plastics, please enter the site and drive through the recycling drop-off area.  The following items are recycled at no charge:

  • Glass bottles
  • Steel
  • Whiteware
  • Aluminium
  • Paper
  • Plastics - type 1 & 2
  • Cardboard
  • Other metals
  • Waste oil (household volumes)

We are unable to accept the following items:

  • Liquid Waste

Household goods recycling

To recycle household goods that are in good condition, please drive through the Recycling drop-off area.  One of our helpful team members will work with you to determine which goods can be recycled (at no charge).  We would love to be able to accept everything, however we simply don’t have the space to do so. 

All reusable goods are assessed, cleaned and checked to ensure they are reusable, before being priced and stocked in our Reuse Shop.   


Recovery and Reuse

Material recovery

Because the Hamilton Refuse Transfer Station is a ‘Recovery Park’, we are committed to removing as many recyclable materials from the waste stream as possible.  For this reason you will see many of our staff onsite sorting through goods and materials that you have disposed of.  If for any reason you do not want your items to be recycled, please speak to a staff member who will arrange for your items to be sent directly to the compactors.  

Reuse shop

Timber, steel, computers, TV’s, bicycles, books, cardboard, books, cake tins, plastics…basically If we can reuse it, restore it, or recycle it, we do!  Located onsite the Essential Recycling Reuse Shop is place to find all of your recycled treasures.  Hobbyists, Antique Dealers, Furniture Restorers, DIY’ers, Interior Designers, and Thrifty Shoppers will all revel in some of the rare finds down at the reuse shop.   Come down to witness the full range of goods and materials that are on sale.  

Waste Disposal

Rubbish dump

The Hamilton Refuse Transfer Station offers a large, safe environment for you to dispose of any unwanted goods, materials or rubbish.  Essential recycling processes the waste stream and identifies any recyclable or reusable goods and materials.  These are removed from the waste stream before general refuse is compacted into large bins and carted to landfill. 

There are a few items that are not allowed to be dumped at this site – these include:

-        Vehicle Tyres

-        Asbestos or other toxic materials

-        Commercial quantities of chemicals

Costs for disposing of rubbish are available on the Hamilton City Council website.

Opening hours


Monday - Saturday                   7:30am to 4:30pm

Sunday & Public Holidays           9:00am to 4:00pm


Monday - Saturday                         8:30am to 4:00pm

Sunday & Public Holidays           9:00am to 4:00pm