There are many items we use in our daily lives which cannot go in the kerbside rubbish collection. However, there are other means of recycling these items.
The list above can help you find out what you can recycle and where you can go to dispose of these items. Click on an item for further information.
ChemClear is a program set up to provide the safe collection and disposal of obsolete and unwanted agricultural chemicals. To dispose of unwanted chemicals, you can book a collection through the ChemClear hotline (1800 008 182) or on the website www.chemclear.com.au. While some chemicals are free to dispose of, there may be a fee for disposal depending on the chemical type and its expiry date.
drumMUSTER is the national program for the collection and recycling of agricultural chemical containers.
Through this program, chemical containers can be dropped off free of charge at the Corangamite Regional Landfill or at one of the participating transfer stations. Council can only accept containers that carry the drumMUSTER logo, are clean, dry and free of chemical residue (dirt, rust and dye stains are acceptable) and have the lids removed. Metal drums must be pierced from top to bottom for draining and airing.
drumMUSTER containers can be dropped off at Corangamite Regional Landfill and all transfer stations except Port Campbell.
For more information about drumMUSTER visit www.drummuster.com.au
Broken glass must be wrapped and placed in your red bin or disposed of at a landfill.
Car batteries and other lead-acid batteries are hazardous waste and should not be put into landfill. Car batteries can be recycled at the Corangamite Regional Landfill or at one of the Council's transfer stations.
Coffee cups, are they recyclable or not? Well unfortunately it’s not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer at the moment. So why does the confusion exist and what is the best way to dispose of your disposable cups.
Whether coffee cups are recyclable or not is one of the most controversial questions in the recycling industry at the moment. The cups are made by covering cardboard with a thin layer of plastic to make it waterproof. The cups are pretty much the same material as milk and juice cartons which are accepted in recycling almost everywhere.
How the cardboard and plastic behave in the recycling process – particularly during pulping - is the source of all the controversy. If the cardboard fibres remain attached to the plastic they can’t be turned back into paper products and therefore become a waste product.
Some recycling processors consider disposable cups a contaminant and have teamed up with workplaces, particularly large businesses, and some councils to tell people to keep coffee cups out of the recycling. There has also been a fair bit of media, like the ABC’s War on Waste, and social media that says cups are not recyclable.
However, there have been reports by both industry groups and major recyclers which clearly state that coffee cups are recyclable in co-mingled and mixed paper bins. A September 2015 report on the recyclability of poly-coated (i.e. plastic coated) fibre prepared for the Australian Packaging Covenant said that (hot) coffee cups “were more likely to break down in the pulping process because of their material composition (as they have thin) polyethylene coatings, they are more susceptible to water ingress, more rapid breakdown and improved recovery of fibre.”
So as you can see there are confusing and conflicting messages. The industry is talking about these issues and will hopefully come to a consensus soon.
So, What To Do?
- Two of the general recycling rules are ‘if in doubt, leave it out’ and ‘follow the rules’. Both of which apply here.
- As a general guide if a council accepts milk and juice cartons their systems should be able to handle the odd coffee cup without any problem.
- In Corangamite our recycling systems are suitable to recycle coffee cups and can therefore be disposed of via the recycling bin.
- Best of all, ditch the disposable (and all this confusion) and switch to a reusable cup. A study in Canada found that, in terms of the energy used in manufacturing, re-usable cups breakeven with paper cups fairly quickly. It takes just 15 uses for a glass cup to break even, it’s 17 for a plastic re-usable and 39 for ceramic. So the more often you use your re-usable the lower the overall impact.
Old, broken and unwanted electric items can now be recycled at the Corangamite Regional Landfill and at all transfer stations for free. Almost any item that can be plugged into a powerpoint can be deposited at the landfill for recycling.
Items accepted included (but are not limited to):
- Vacuum cleaners
- DVD/HVS/Blue ray players
- Stereos/Hi-fi equipment
- Fax machines
- Hard drives
- Electronic games
- Alarm clocks
All e-waste is collected by WDEA, a disability employment group, who dismantle the e-waste into its components which are then sent to various facilities for recycling.
Council also accepts whitegoods and air conditioners for free at all transfer stations through the scrap metal collection. Items must be degassed by a licenced degasser.
Food scraps can be included in your green organics bin or compost bin. All food scraps are accepted in the green organics bin including meat, dairy, citrus and cooked foods. All food waste is composted at the landfill.
If you use a home kitchen caddy, biodegradable (compostable) bags can be used to line the container. These bags are available for purchase from the Council Offices at $5 per roll.
Batteries contain plastics, metals and toxic metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. As batteries are hazardous, they should not be disposed of in the red kerbside bin or into landfill.
You can drop off used batteries free of charge at the Corangamite Regional Landfill for recycling. Leaky batteries cannot be accepted. Batteries are also accepted at Statewide Waste in Warrnambool, Western Waste Transfer Station in Colac and the Ballarat Transfer Station.
To reduce battery waste, connect appliances to the mains power where possible and use rechargeable batteries.
Household chemicals are collected annually for free through the Sustainability Victoria Detox Your Home program. Detox your Home is a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.
The collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.
There are up to 31 Detox your Home mobile collections held across Victoria each year to ensure reasonable access for all Victorian householders. The program is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local councils and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy.
Visit the Detox your Home website for a complete list of upcoming mobile collections and accepted products.
Paint, household batteries, and compact fluorescent lamps and tubes – which are less toxic than household chemicals (but also a more common waste item) can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent drop-off site.
Permanent drop-off sites are located at:
Ballarat Transfer Station
Gillies Street South, Ballarat (VicRoads 565 Q9)
(03) 5334 2621
Western Waste Transfer Station
11-27 Marriner Street, Colac 3250 (VicRoads 520 K 2)
(03) 5231 3076
Statewide Waste Pty Ltd
355 Koroit Street, Warrnambool 3280
(03) 5561 1195
Incandescent globes should be wrapped in newspaper and put in the red kerbside bin or taken to landfill. Fluorescent and compact fluorescent globes contain mercury so should be recycled rather than put into landfill. You can drop light globes off for recycling at Statewide Waste in Warrnambool, Ballarat Transfer Station or Western Waste Transfer Station in Colac.
Unwanted or expired medicines can be dropped off at most pharmacies for safe disposal.
Mobile phones and mobile phone batteries cannot be recycled in the yellow kerbside bins. MobileMuster has a free collection and recycling service for old mobile phones. There are MobileMuster collection points at the following locations:
- Post Offices at Camperdown, Cobden, Derrinallum, Lismore, Noorat, Peterborough, Port Campbell, Princetown, Simpson, Terang and Timboon.
Household paint can be disposed of all year round at Statewide Waste in Warrnambool, Ballarat Transfer Station and Western Waste Transfer Station in Colac.
Plastic bags should not be put into the recycling. Plastic bags can be disposed of in landfill or in the red kerbside rubbish bins, although it is preferable that you recycle them. Check if your local supermarket accepts plastic bags for recycling.
Reusable bags are a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic shopping bags. Remember to take your reusable bags when you go shopping to reduce plastic bag waste.
Other soft plastics can also be recycled. Details on other recycling systems for soft plastics can be located at www.redcycle.net.au
If solidified, oil can be wrapped in paper (not plastic) and put into your green organics bin or compost bin. For liquid oil, it is best to allow it to soak into another compostable item, such as old bread, before adding to the green organics bin or compost bin.
Non-commercial quantities of used motor oil are accepted free of charge at all Corangamite waste facilities except the Skipton Transfer Station.
Used tyres can be disposed of for recycling at the Corangamite Regional Landfill for a fee.