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Overview - Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility

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

Location
Shoal Bay Access Road (off Vanderlin Drive) Karama 

 08 8930 0471

Opening Hours  
Monday - Sunday (inc public holidays) 7.00am - 6.00pm
Christmas Day 7.00am - 2.00pm

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 independently operated selling second hand goods to the public. Before heading to the transfer station, you may like to pop in and see if your items can be repurposed and sold.  

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

The Recycle Shop

Location
Shoal Bay Access Road (off Vanderlin Drive)     

 0400 762 611

Opening Hours  
Monday to Sunday* 8.00am - 5.00pm
*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 recycles green waste into a variety of high quality potting mix and mulch that are available for sale to the public.

shoal bay mulch is inside the waste management facility

Shoal Bay Mulch

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

 1300 558 449

Opening Hours  
Monday to Sunday 8.00am – 4.30pm

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.

Available for Purchase

Yes, Shoal Bay Mulch have mulch and compost available for purchase. These products can be beneficial to your garden by:

  • helping retain moisture in the soil
  • building soil structure
  • adding nutrients
  • introducing organic material into poor soils.

Contact Shoal Bay Mulch for further information.

Renewable Energy Facility 

The facility is owned and operated by Landfill Management Service (LMS) in co-operation with City of Darwin. The facility was commissioned in 2005 and consists of a 1.1MW engine.

Did you know?

The renewable energy facility currently powers over 1800 homes and saves over 19.8 million litres of water every year!

How it Works

The landfill gas is harvested from landfill to produce renewable electricity to approximately 1800 Darwin homes. Landfill gas is a form of renewable biogenic energy derived from the decomposition of the organic component of waste deposited landfill, which is mainly a mixture of carbon dioxide and methane.

In 2006, City of Darwin won the Award for Local Green House Action category at the National Awards for Local Government.

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