In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Recycling Discovery Hub

Recycling Discovery Hub

Ever wondered what happens to your recycling when it leaves your yellow recycling bin? Why not find out!

At the Recycling Discovery Hub you can learn how our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) uses manual and mechanical processes to sort and recover recyclable materials such as plastic, aluminium, glass, paper and cardboard into separate streams ready to be transported to remanufacturers who will turn these materials into new products.

Take a look at the virtual reality experience at the Recycling Discovery Hub below:

Schools (Year 2-12)

At the Recycling Discovery Hub visitors can explore what happens to the things they throw in the bin, investigate how the materials are sorted, discover what recycling becomes and identify actions they can take to avoid waste and recycle correctly.

Uncover the broader recycling story in one session incorporating:

  • A presentation and interactive displays at the Recycling Discovery Hub to explore recycling from your kerbside bin to new products.
  • A tour of the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre to view the landfill and associated facilities.
  • Primary program.
  • Secondary program.

College and tertiary students

Interested in helping inspire the environmental leaders of the future?
We offer tailored sessions that appeal to both college and tertiary level students including extended discussion about:
  • practical environmental land management of the landfill (leachate)
  • conversion of methane to electricity (renewable energy production at our sites)
  • ACT Government's waste recovery target of 90% in action
  • Optional: social enterprise and resource recovery by visiting the ACT's award winning Mattress Recycling Facility, Soft Landing.

Community groups

Custom sessions can be organised to meet the needs and interests of your group.

Early learning resources

Free resources to introduce recycling and waste management concepts to young children.

Booking information

Learning tools


View an A to Z listing of the Recyclopaedia.

Printable guides

Recycling factsheets, guides in other languages and educational tools.

Canberra's recycling story

Waste is a local problem in a global context - Canberra's recycling story explains how we manage our recyclable materials locally and beyond.

Related links

Check out Actsmart's free sustainability program for schools.