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.
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.
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
To recycle your silage wrap, just follow these four easy steps:
- Purchase your TAPEX liner bags. Visit www.plasback.com.au for more details
- Shake the wrap to get rid of excess moisture, silage and other debris
- Roll the wraps into tight balls to fit in the TAPEX liner bags
- Drop your silage wrap in the TAPEX liner bags off at one of our PlasbackTM drop-off points: Naroghid Landfill, transfer stations at Simpson and Timboon.
Silage wrap will NOT be accepted if:
- It is not presented in a TAPEX liner bag
- It is contaminated. Contamination includes bale net, twine, steel and general rubbish. Contaminated silage wrap will be placed in landfill and will incur additional costs.
Plastic is recycled in Melbourne and made into a timber replacement plywood sheeting alternative called Tuffboard.
To ensure the long term sustainability of the silage wrap recycling program in the south western region, there is a small fee to drop off bags at transfer stations to cover transportation costs associated with recycling.
Plasback bins and liners are available from rural supply stores across the Shire.
For further information on recycling silage wrap through the PlasbackTM program, visit www.plasback.com.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.