Waste and recycling operations can reopen to the public with COVID safety measures in place

Waste and recycling operations in NSW, including landfills, Community Recycling Centres, and charitable recyclers, can now recommence operations and reopen to the public in a safe and staged way. All operators should carefully review their COVID safety measures to ensure community and staff are protected.

The timing of site re-openings and recommencement of services will be up to individual facility operators and is dependent on their ability to do so in a COVID safe manner. 

Charity stores as with other retail outlets in NSW are subject to Public Health Orders. Operators will need to check the latest Public Health Advice for their region on the NSW Health website regarding restrictions on retail businesses that can stay open to the public.

Return and Earn return points are reopening according to the Network Operator, TOMRA Cleanaway’s reopening plan. TOMRA Cleanaway is liaising directly with return point operators to roll out the plan.

From Wednesday 15 September 2021, Return and Earn return points commenced reopening in stages across Greater Sydney. Return points in Regional NSW remain open. Members of the public should check the status of their nearest return point online or via the myTOMRA app before visiting and avoid peak times where possible. Anyone visiting a return point must comply with the latest Public Health Orders including checking-in via the QR code displayed, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and practicing good hygiene. More information on the reopening can be found on www.returnandearn.org.au  

For other waste facilities and services members of the public should check with their local sites before visiting to ensure that they have reopened for public visitors. It is also vital to follow the latest COVID-19 information and health advice, around things such as travel and masks, which can be found on the NSW Health website.

It may take longer for some waste and recycling services to recommence. Please know that the safety of staff and community is a priority, and be patient while safety measures are implemented to ensure they can operate in a COVID safe way.

If you are an operator, see more information about the EPA’s response to COVID-19 including information for waste and recycling facilities and other licensees.