Barretta Waste and Recycling Centre

Contact Details

Click here for directions: 1922 Channel Highway, Barretta

Telephone: (03) 6267 2337

Opening Hours

  • 7.30 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday
  • 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays

The site is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

The Barretta site may also close for public safety during strong wind events. Please contact KWS on (03) 6267 2337 regarding possible closures.


Food Organics Compost Bin Receival Area

Baretta Waste and Recycling Centre has set up a Trial Food Organics Compost Bin Receival Area.

Residents and businesses can now dispose of these compostable materials at no charge through the program.

Please note green waste and garden organics are NOT part of this program and fees for disposal of these items still apply.

The following items are suitable for the Food Organics Compost program:

  • Food scraps and left overs
  • Dairy products
  • Meat, bones and egg shells
  • Cooked food
  • Coffee grounds and tea leaves
  • Pet poo and organic cat litter
  • Paper towel and tissues
  • Soiled paper and cardboard
  • Compostable cups & plates*
  • Certified compostable bags*
  • Shredded paper

*Please note compostable packaging must be certified under one of the following certifications AS5810, AS4736, ASTM D6400 or EN13432

The bins are emptied weekly with the contents sent to a local composting facility for processing.

Residents and Business wanting to participate in the program need to stop at the weighbridge for directions to the receival area.


Recycling Area

The recycling area is easily accessible with plenty of parking space to drop off recycling and goods for the Re-Use Shop. Drop-offs at the recycling area are free of charge.

Items suitable for recycling:

  • Oil
  • Batteries
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Co-mingled (plastic bottles and milk cartons)

The kerbside recycling collected in Kingborough is transported to the Cleanaway recycling facility at Lutana for sorting and baling for transport to the mainland for sale to recycling manufacturers.

Glass which is separated from the other recyclables and transported to Hazell Brothers at HBMI Leslie Vale for crushing and re-use in road base material, bricks and road construction.

Approximately 8% of materials that are processed at the Lutana facility are sent to landfill. These contaminated materials are primarily plastic bags, nappies, building materials and organic matter that are not suitable for recycling at the plant.  

Click on below links for more information: 

KWS also offers the following free recycling schemes at Barretta:

  • Mobile Muster – for all unwanted mobile phones and accessories.
  • Paintback – for waste paint and packaging
  • TechCollect – recycling service for mobile phones, personal and laptop computers and all cables, tablets, notebooks and palmtops, computer peripherals, parts and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs), computers, monitors, printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices, all televisions.

KWS also facilitates the following recycling scheme, which has associated disposal fees.

  • Tyrecycle – scrap tyres are recycled for the construction, manufacturing and automative industries.

Click on the links for more information about any of the above recycling initiatives. Other resources about recycling and some of the organisations we work with can be found via the below links:


Expired Marine flares

Barretta Waste Transfer Station now accepts: 

  • Expired marine flares – Orange hand flares, Red hand flares and parachute flares

does not accept:

  • Personal Locator Beacons
  • Smoke Canisters
  • Line Throwers

General Waste

Customers enter and leave via the toll booth and weighbridges, where their vehicle is weighed. Customers must pay either a minimum charge or the cost based on the weight difference of their vehicle (in versus out). Charges apply.

The general refuse disposal area is made up of eight bays.  Customers can dispose of their waste which will drop on to the walking floor.  The 25 metre walking floor takes half an hour to move from one end of the bays to the other end where the compactor is located. KWS staff work at the middle of the walking floor and recover items suitable for recycling or resale in the Re-Use Shop to reduce further items going to landfill.

A compactor is located at the end of the walking floor and compresses the waste as it slowly fills up.  Transport trailers are attached to the compactor and use a ‘live weigh’ system which provides accurate readings to ensure maximum loads are reached before transporting to the landfill site at Copping.  Ensuring maximum loads are reached each time the truck is ready to leave helps reduce transport costs.  More information on the operations of the landfill site at Copping can be found on the website, Southern Waste Solutions.

Green Waste

The green waste area is only for green waste and general waste must not be dropped off in this area and the green waste must not be larger than 300 mm in diameter. Charges apply.

Free Green Waste Weekends

The Barretta Facility hosts two Free Green Waste Weekends per year, which are open to residents free of cost.

The dates for the next Green Waste Disposal Weekend at the Barretta Waste Management Facility and Bruny Island Waste Transfer Station are:

  • 23 and 24 November 2024 – Barretta and Bruny Island
  • 22 and 23 February 2025 – Barretta and Bruny Island

Green waste must be completely free of contaminants including:

  • general waste
  • hazardous waste
  • plastic
  • declared weeds

A limit of five cubic metres per household applies. Commercial operators will be requested to pay standard rates.

Waste Not Accepted 

We do not accept the following items at the Barretta Waste Transfer Facility:

  • Asbestos
  • Controlled (Hazardous) Waste
  • Household Chemicals
  • Petrol and Diesel, Contact Tasmanian Oil on 0409 216 650 to arrange a collection
  • Farm Chemicals,  Contact ChemClear on 1800 008 182 or to register a collection
  • Liquid Waste (such as septic sludge)
  • Clinical (Medical) Waste
  • Building and Construction Demolition Rubble or Clean fill.

Demolition rubble and clean fill can be disposed of at the McRobies Gully Waste Transfer Station in South Hobart or the Jackson Street Waste Management Centre in Glenorchy.

We are a drumMUSTER receival site.  Call us (03) 6267 2337 to arrange a drumMUSTER drop off. To find out more about drumMUSTER visit