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Overview - Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility

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Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility is the city's singular waste management facility. It is home to a landfill capacity, recycling facility and an independently operated recycle shop and mulch facility for greenwaste. Shoal Bay is located in Holmes, just out of Karama.

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About Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility

map to shoal bay waste management facility. Entrant off of Vanderlin Drive

Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility

Shoal Bay Access Road (off Vanderlin Drive) Karama 

 08 8930 0300

Opening Hours  
Monday - Sunday* 7.00am - 6.00pm
Christmas Day 7.00am - 2.00pm
*Including Public Holidays  

Shoal Bay is the home of City of Darwin’s waste and recycling management facility and our renewable energy facility. A recycle shop and mulch facility are also on site.

Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility services the greater Darwin region and is the only licenced landfill in the area. The facility comprises of a lined putrescible waste landfill and an inert landfill cell.

Our aim is to reduce the volume of material entering the landfill at Shoal Bay by encouraging the separation of materials that can be recycled from general waste before being disposed.

Recycle Shop 

The Recycle Shop is operated independently by Helping People Achieve (HPA): a community based organisation that provides opportunities for people with disabilities to undertake various activities within the community and to learn the skills required to move into the world of employment.

Before you head to the transfer station, pop into the Recycle Shop and visit the friendly team from HPA to see if your items can be repurposed or resold.

The Recycle Shop has commenced trading in late August. You can buy pre-loved items as well as drop off goods for repurpose or resold.

the recycle shop at shoal bay is off the access rad before the weighbridge

The Recycle Shop

Shoal Bay Access Road (off Vanderlin Drive)     

 0417 816 066

Opening Hours  
Monday to Sunday* 8.00am - 4.00pm
*Closed Public Holidays  

Why take your items to the recycle shop?

Dropping off goods that can be reused at the recycle shop will:

  • reduce the amount of unnecessary waste sent to landfill
  • lighten your waste load prior to heading on to the weighbridge and cost you less
  • provide an affordable and environmentally friendly item to someone else in the community.

Items Accepted by the Recycle Shop

The following goods will be accepted at the Shoal Bay Recycle Shop subject to an inspection to determine their quality.

  • car batteries
  • bed bases and frames
  • plastic bottles and containers
  • glass bottles and jars
  • kitchen utensils
  • household goods such as TVs, computers and printers
  • books, CDs, DVDs
  • building materials such as pavers and tiles
  • e-waste (TVs, computers, mobile phones etc)
  • large flattened cardboard boxes
  • plastic film such as shopping bags, clean glad wrap and packaging plastic
  • household batteries
  • scrap metal.

Shoal Bay Mulch 

Shoal Bay Mulch receives and recycles green waste materials and offers mulch products for purchase.

shoal bay mulch is inside the waste management facility

Shoal Bay Mulch Organics

Via the Shoal Bay Access Road, through the entrance and weighbridge (access tag required to enter)

0429 803 919

Opening Hours  
Monday - Sunday* 7.00am to 5.00pm
Christmas Day Closed
*Including public holidays  

Accepted Green Waste Items

Shoal Bay Mulch accepts the following green waste:

  • grass clippings
  • general garden clippings
  • palm fronds
  • tree branches
  • small tree trunks up to 800mm in diameter.

Contaminated Loads

Please ensure your greenwaste load is not contaminated with:

  • wire or nails
  • plastic string, ties or other non-organic material
  • organic waste from food production or processing.

Contact Shoal Bay Mulch for further information.

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