Council offers a household recycling service to townships and some rural areas to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill throughout the Shire and provide for future environmental sustainability.
The key components of our recycling system are as follows:-
- Kerbside recycling shall be placed in your wheelie bin with a yellow lid.
- All recyclable materials (listed below) are to be placed loosely in your yellow lidded bin (not in plastic bags).
- Recycling collections are undertaken fortnightly.
- Recycling collections take place on the same day as your Organics collection service.
Placement of Recycling Bins
Recycling bins will be emptied between 6.00am and 4.00pm on the prescribed day and must be placed on the kerbside the night before your collection day. Recycling bins should be placed at least half a metre away from your Organics bin.
An annual kerbside recycling charge of $161 (per service) applies to residential properties for 2016/17.
Recycling bins are emptied on a fortnightly basis. For new comers, please call 1800 065 993 for your area collection day or enter your details in the "What's near me' section of our website.
'What's Near Me?'
You can also check your scheduled collection days via the collection calendar, by clicking on the link below
Kerbside Collection Calendar and Maps - July 2016
Request a New Service
If you require a new or additional recycling service, please download an Application for a Recycling Service form and return to Council.
To change your existing bin size please download this form and return to Council
Stolen Recycle Bins
If you recycle bin has been stolen please download a Replacement of Stolen Recycle Bin Application and return to Council.
What GOES in the Yellow Bin?
- Paper and cardboard products e.g. office paper, egg cartons, envelopes, boxes, paper plates
- Magazines, phone books and advertising leaflets
- Glass bottles and jars (all colours)
- All rigid plastic containers or bottles with symbols 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the base (except polystyrene) eg: milk bottles, soft drink bottles, ice cream / margarine / yoghurt containers, household cleaner containers (remove lids and place in recycling bin seperately)
- Plastic plant pots
- Aluminium cans and clean aluminium foil / food trays
- Milk and juice cartons
- Steel cans including aerosol cans (remove nozzle and place in recycling bin seperately) as well as empty paint and pet food cans
Please do not place these items in your Recycle Bin
- Plastic bags (place in your red lidded rubbish bin)
- Food scraps or Garden Waste (place in your green lidded organics bin)
- Ceramics, crockery, china or Pyrex cookware. Broken drinking glasses. Mirror or window glass (wrap in paper and place in red lidded rubbish bin OR take to your nearest Transfer Station)
- Light globes or tubes (take to your nearest transfer station for recycling)
- Paper contaminated by food e.g. serviettes, paper plates (place in your green lidded organics bin)
- Waxed cardboard (use as a firelighter or place in your red lidded rubbish bin)
- Styrofoam, polystyrene containers (place in your red lidded rubbish bin)
- Building materials (take to your nearest transfer station)
- Clothing (use charity bins)
Handy Hints for Recycling
- Remove all lids (place separately in recycling bin)
- Crush all bulky items to make more space
- Place items loosely in your recycling bin (not in plastic bags or stacked inside one another)
- Save water (and elbow grease). Recyclable containers need to be empty and free of food, but they don't need to be washed.
- String, rope and cable can become tangled around sorting machinery. Please do not place these items in your recycling bin.
- Every little bit counts! Place all small plastics, such as bread tags and straws, in your recycling bin.
If Your Recycle Bin is Full You Can
- Bring extra recyclable items free of charge to our Waste Transfer Stations
- Organise a second recycling service (second charge applies). Call Council to arrange
- Keep items until your next service
- Ask your neighbour if they have room in their recycling bin
What Can be Recycled at Councils Waste Transfer Stations
Domestic quantities of recyclable items such as glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans, paper, plastic containers, cardboard and steel cans are accepted free of charge at all transfer stations / resource recovery centres.
What happens to recyclables after they are collected?
After your recycling has been collected, it is transported to the Visy Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Springvale. Here, any contaminants are removed and recyclable materials are sorted, ready to be sold and recycled into new products.