Waste Disposal Guide

Local Waste Disposal Options Guide

For further details on the waste disposal options listed in the Quick Reference Guide, please refer to the information below under the appropriate heading.

Download the Waste A-Z Quick Reference Guide.pdf

Quick Reference Guide Key


 C  Resource Recovery Centre     O  Organics Bin
 D  Local Charity, Opp Shop or School    P  Local pharmacy
 G  Garbage Bin    R  Recycling Bin
 H  Hard Rubbish Service    S  Council Customer Service Centre
 L  Landfill    W  Compost Bin or Worm Farm
 M  Mulching Days                                          X  Local supermarket plastic bag recycling bin
 N  Visit recyclingnearyou.com.au    Y  Yellow Pages


Disposal Guide



Resource Recovery and Chemical Collection Centres    
Council operates two Resource Recovery and Chemical Collection Centres. The following materials can be disposed of free of charge at the Resource Recovery and Chemical Collection Centres:

  • Mixed recyclables (paper, cardboard, glass and plastic containers, steel and aluminium cans)
  • Scrap metal (including white goods)
  • Motor oil (up to 10L free)
  • Paint
  • Batteries (household and car)
  • Light globes and tubes
  • Gas bottles
  • Household chemicals and poisons
  • Computers and televisions

The following materials can also be recycled at the Resource Recovery and Chemical Collection Centres for a fee:

  • Mattresses
  • Tyres
  • Green waste

Please visit the Landfill (Tips) and Recycling page for centre locations and opening hours.



Donate to a local charity/Opp shop or local school or kindergarten for reuse

Your trash may be someone else's treasure. Items that are in good condition may be donated to a local charity or opportunity shop.

Some charities to keep in mind are:

Phoenix Fridges will pick up your old fridge for free and either refurbish it for sale in Brotherhood of St Laurence Stores or degas and recycle it.
Diabetes Victoria will pick up clothing, toys and small household goods for free for resale in their Savers Stores.

Also, your local school or kindergarten may find a great use in their art box for old CD's, rags or ice cream containers.



Garbage bin
Council provides a 140L garbage bin for household waste.

For information on your bin collection day, you can visit "know my bin day" on the right hand side of the screen.

To find out what items are suitable for this bin please visit the Garbage Collection page.



Hard Waste Service
A free hard rubbish service is available to all residents or residential properties.

The service entitles households to up to six cubic metres of hard waste collected from your property or a combination of home collections and landfill visits.

For information on what items are accepted in the hard waste home collections, how to obtain your hard rubbish pass or what you are entitled to please visit Hard Rubbish Collection.



Council operates two landfill sites, for details on what items are accepted at the landfill and the disposal costs please visit Landfills (Tips) and Recycling




Mulching Days
Free mulching days are conducted at various locations throughout the municipality to help you dispose of tree branches.

Up to four cubic metres can be taken to a mulching day per household. The mulch may be left for Council to dispose of or can be taken home at the end of the mulching day.

For more information on items that are accepted at the mulching days and location details please visit the Mulching Day page.



Recycling Near You

For some items, there are a number of drop off locations at retail outlets. For a list of these retail outlets in your area go to: www.recyclingnearyou.com.au

Simply type in your area and the type of item you would like to dispose of for a list of locations close to you.



Organics Bin
An optional organics bin is available as part of the kerbside collection service.

To apply for an organics bin or information on fees and materials accepted in the bin visit the Organic Green Waste page.



Local pharmacies

Unwanted and out of date medicines can be returned to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.

Medicines can be a source of poisoning around the home, particularly in children and can be an environmental hazard when disposed of in landfill sites or sewerage systems.

Over 400 tonnes of unwanted medicines are collected through this program every year.



Recycling Bin

All households are entitled to a kerbside recycling bin as part of their waste services.

For information on what items are accepted in the recycling bin visit the Recycling Service page.



Council Customer Service Centre

Collection boxes are available at each Customer Service Centre for mobile phones. Mobile phones collected go to "They're calling on you" a program of Melbourne Zoo in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institure and Aussie Recycling Program. Phones collected are refurbished and resold. Refurbishing phones saves precious resources such as Coltan, which is mined largely in Africa, threating gorilla habitat. The money raised also supports primate conservation.

For more information on "They're calling on you" visit the Melbourne Zoo website.

Syringes can also be dropped off at any of our Customer Service Centres for safe disposal if they are in an approved container. To find out more about syringe disposal please contact us.



Compost bin or Worm farm

Compost bins and worm farms are a great way to recycle your food and garden scraps and make chemical free fertiliser for your garden.

Adding compost or worm castings to your garden will help improve soil structure and increase productivity in your plants.

To find out how to start a worm farm or compost bin in your garden visit Composting and Worm Farming. Council also holds compost and worm farming workshops, to register your interest in the next workshop contact us or phone 9205 2200. 



Local supermarket plastic bag recycling bin

Plastic bags cannot be recycled in your household recycling bin. However, they can be recycled! Recyclables are sorted according to their properties at the recycling facility and plastic bags act like paper, which makes them a problem at the recycling facility. To recycle your plastic bags place them in the specially marked bins at your local supermarket to make sure they reach the right recycling facility!



Yellow Pages

Unfortunately, there are some items that cannot be disposed of through Council's services or at our landfill facilities (Tips). These items, such as asbestos, need to be disposed of correctly through a licenced waste company that is specialised in handling that type of waste. The best place to find these companies is in the Yellow Pages.

Updated : 5:20 PM, 11 December 2013

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