Fees and Payment

Our pricing structure at Summerhill is designed to encourage you to separate materials that we can recover for reuse or recycling.

If you bring in sorted loads of recoverable materials—such as clean concrete or garden waste—you'll pay less than for mixed, unsorted loads. The more you sort, the more you can save and help our environment.

Some wastes have itemised prices, due to the difficulty or cost to process and handle them in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

The following fees and charges are for 2023/24 and include GST. A minimum charge applies to all loads. Payments by card may attract a 0.75% (GST inclusive) merchant surcharge.

You can also view this information in our fees and charges (PDF 109kB) flyer.

Mixed Waste Loads

Type of Waste

Charge per tonneMinimum Charge
General solid waste - mixed: Non-hazardous mixed waste: wood, paper, plastics, soils, organics, bricks, tiles and concrete.



General solid waste - special or difficult: Asbestos, contaminated, animals, offensive, clinical, difficult. Disposal rules apply. Phone 02 4974 2000 prior to delivery.


Source Separated Loads

Type of Waste

Charge per tonneMinimum Charge
Cardboard - clean, dry, flattened: No waxed cardboard, packaging or excessive tape$62.30*$10
Clean asphalt: No coal tar.$116.80$18

Clean concrete - non structural: No rebar - non-structural with minimal reinforcement. Max. size 500mm.


Clean concrete - structural: With rebar or significant reinforcement. Max. size 500mm.



Clean mixed bricks, tiles and concrete$185.10


Electrical waste (e-waste) - Commercial/non-residents: TVs, computers, printers/scanners, fans, phones, video recorders, DVD players, radios/stereos, power tools, kitchen appliances, vacuums and heaters.$255.10n/a
Electrical waste (e-waste) - Newcastle households ONLY: Maximum 10 items per visit.FREEn/a
Garden organics: 100% garden organics only (e.g. lawn clippings, prunings, branches, stumps). No food.$155.20$24

Mixed road base wastes: Sand, gravel, stones, concrete, minimal asphalt.



Recyclables - mixed domestic: Dry, clean cardboard, paper, bottles, cans.



Recyclable food and beverage containers



Scrap metal: Whitegoods (excluding fridges, freezers and air-conditioners), car parts, bikes, steel, aluminium.



Soft plastic: Clean plastic bags, satchels, packaging, bubble wrap.$62.30*$10
Soil - Virgin Excavated Natural Material (VENM): Clean, uncontaminated soils. Disposal rules apply. Phone 02 4974 2000 prior to delivery.$223.80$35
Wood: Clean, untreated, unstained and unpainted wood. No engineered wood or garden waste.



*Free for Newcastle residents through the Sort & Save service. Conditions apply.

Unit Pricing

Charges for the following waste types are per item and will be in addition to tonnage charge if included in a mixed load.

Type of WasteCategoryCharge per item
Batteries - Lead acidHouseholdsFREE*
Fridges/Freezers/Refrigerant Air-ConditionersGassed$42.50
Gas BottlesHouseholdsFREE*
Solar pv systemsLi-ion batteries$28.60
Tyres - Off RimSmall$17.30
Tyres - On RimSmall$28.70

*Free for NSW households at the Summerhill Community Recycling Centre. Domestic quantities apply.

Secure Waste Disposal

See our Secure Waste Burial and Secure Waste Destruction fact sheets for more information.

Secure Waste Disposal ServicesCharge
Secure Burial and Certificate

General Solid Waste fee ($347.20 per tonne) PLUS $120 per tonne up to 3 tonne (max $360)

PLUS optional $40 photographic evidence per load

Secure Destruction and Certificate

General Solid Waste fee ($347.20 per tonne) PLUS $105 per tonne up to 3 tonne (max $315)

PLUS optional $40 photographic evidence per load

Government waste levies

The NSW Government charges a levy for all waste disposed of at any licensed landfill site, including Summerhill Waste Management Centre. Summerhill collects this levy (rated at $163.20 per tonne in 2023/24) within the fees and charges outlined above and passes the levy collection to the EPA.

Payment arrangements

Summerhill Waste Management Centre is a cashless facility. We do not accept payment by banknote, coin or cheque.

You can pay using most major types of credit or debit cards—such as Visa, Mastercard or American Express—including the mobile wallet on your smart phone or device. Payments made by card may attract a 0.75% (GST inclusive) merchant surcharge. Payment by card over the phone is NOT accepted.

Customers with a regular minimum payment of $1,000 per month may be eligible to open an account (subject to satisfactory credit checks).

Additional charges will apply when waste requires special handling and management to ensure compliance with WHS legislation and environmental protection standards on-site are maintained.