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A-Z guide to waste and recycling

A-Z guide to waste and recycling

This guide will help you determine the best way to dispose of unwanted items, and easily identify which items can be recycled or recovered.

Council’s recycling contractor SKM Services has stopped receiving recyclable material until further notice, meaning our trucks can no longer deliver recycling there for processing. Kerbside recycling is currently being taken to landfill.

See our Frequently Asked Questions about the current recycling situation.

The best way to avoid your recycling going to landfill is to try to reduce the amount of waste you use.

Please donate, giveaway or sell any clothing, furniture or toys that are in good condition. For more tips, see Reducing your waste.

A

Aerosol cans

Air conditioners (split systems)

  • Book a free collection by calling Kids Off The Kerb on 9982 5600
  • Drop off to Wollert Landfill for free recycling

Aluminium foil, trays & cans

  • Put in your recycling bin
  • Take to the skip bin at Wollert Landfill for free recycling

Asbestos

  • Is accepted at Wollert Landfill however you must meet EPA guidelines when transporting and removing asbestos

Ash

  • Let cool, then put on your garden or in your home compost bin
  • Let cool, bag and place in garbage bin

B

Baking tray

Batteries - household

Batteries - mobile phone

Biscuit trays (not including the soft plastic packaging on the outside)

Blankets

Bottles (glass)

Bricks and building materials

Building and renovation material

C

Cameras including accessories

Cans (aluminium, steel & tin)

Car batteries

Cardboard

Carpet and underlay

CDs & DVDs

Ceramic plates & dishes

Chemical drums (empty) – crop and farm chemicals

Chemicals - household cleaning, garden and automotive

Christmas tree

Cigarette butts

Clothing (suitable for reuse)

Clothing (not suitable for reuse)

Coffee cups - takeaway

Coffee grounds

Column heater - oil based

  • Book a free collection by calling Kids Off The Kerb on 9982 5600
  • Drop off to:
    Kids Off The Kerb
    9 Dunstans Court, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm

Computers, printers & accessories

You can take your broken desktop PCs, laptops, printers, scanners, monitors, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, keyboards, mice, power supplies, memory cards and floppy disks to:

To recycle Apple products, see the Apple website.

For other locations, visit RecyclingNearYou website.

Concrete

Cooking oil (used)

Cooking oil containers

Copper & electrical cable

Corks from bottles

  • Put in your garbage bin. Cork is no longer recycled within Victoria.

Cups (ceramic, glass & polystyrene)

Cups (paper)

D

Dishwasher

  • Book a collection by calling Kids Off The Kerb on 9982 5600

Drop off for free to:

  • Kids Off The Kerb
    9 Dunstans Court, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
  • Transfer station at Wollert Landfill
  • SRS Metals Pty Ltd
    304-308 Mahoneys Road, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm and Saturday, 8am - 12.30pm

Dog droppings

E

Egg cartons

E-waste (any household appliance with a plug, cord or battery)

E-waste can no longer be accepted in any bin or picked up through Council's hard waste collection service.

  • Free e-waste drop off points

Take any household electrical items, such as televisions, computers, tablets, printers, vacuum cleaners, toasters, hair dryers, video and DVD players, electrical tools and electronic toys to the designated e-waste recycling skips at:

Transfer Station at Wollert Landfill

SRS Metals Pty Ltd 304-308 Mahoneys Road, Thomastown Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm and Saturday, 8am - 12.30pm

  • Free Whitegoods Collection Service

For large household appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, dish washers, microwaves, etc, book a free whitegoods collection by calling Kids Off The Kerb on 9982 5600. (Note: Kids Off The Kerb are currently experiencing long waiting periods for collections. You can drop them off free to Kids Off The Kerb in Thomastown, the transfer station at Wollert Landfill or Surplus Recycling Solutions in Thomastown.)

  • Recycling Stations

Take cameras, mobile phones, household batteries, CDs, DVDs, fluorescent light globes, printer cartridges, X-rays and small electrical appliances like IPods, electric tooth brushes and calculators to one of our Recycling Stations

F

Fence palings

  • Take natural or stained wood fence palings (not painted) to the Timber waste recycling facility in Epping - charges apply or you can use your timber waste voucher on your rates notice

Fertilisers

Fire extinguishers

Fluorescent light globes

Foil

  • Scrunch into a ball and put in your recycling bin
  • Take to Wollert Landfill for free recycling

Food scraps

Fridges

  • Book a collection by calling Kids Off The Kerb on 9982 5600 (Note: Kids Off The Kerb are currently experiencing long waiting periods for collections)

Drop off for free to:

  • Kids Off The Kerb
    9 Dunstans Court, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
  • Transfer station at Wollert Landfill
  • SRS Metals Pty Ltd
    304-308 Mahoneys Road, Thomatown
    Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm and Saturday, 8am - 12.30pm

Fuels (petrol, diesel and kerosene)

Furniture (not suitable for reuse)

G

Garden waste

Gas bottles

Glass bottles and jars (lids off)

Glass waste and ceramics (including crockery, drinking glasses, Pyrex glass, ovenware, window glass, mirrors and light bulbs)

Glasses – sighted and reading (not broken)

  • Return your pre-loved reading glasses to an OPSM or Spec Savers store

Glues

H

Herbicides and weed killers

Hot water service unit

Handtowel

  • Put in your garbage bin

I

Ice-cream containers

IPods, iPhones and iPads

Irons (household)

J

K

L

Laptop computers

Take to:

To recycle Apple products, see the Apple website.

For other locations, visit RecyclingNearYou website.

Lawn clippings

Light bulbs (not fluorescent)

Liquid soap & moisturiser pump packs

M

Margarine containers

Mattresses

Medicines

  • Return to your local pharmacy

Metal waste (including household irons)

Microwaves

  • Book a collection by calling Kids Off the Kerb on 9982 5600 (Note: Kids Off The Kerb are currently experiencing long waiting periods for collections)

Drop off for free to:

  • Kids Off The Kerb
    9 Dunstans Court, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
  • Transfer station at Wollert Landfill
  • SRS Metals Pty Ltd
    304-308 Mahoneys Road, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm and Saturday, 8am - 12.30pm

Milk and juice cartons (including tetra packs)

Mirrors (broken)

Mobile phones including accessories

Motor oil

MP3 players and personal music players

N

Nappies

Newspaper

O

Office products

Ovens (rangehoods, cook tops, and hot plates)

  • Book a free collection by calling Kids Off The Kerb on 9982 5600
  • Drop off to:
    Kids Off The Kerb
    9 Dunstans Court, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm

P

Paint and empty paint tins

Pallets

Paper

  • Put in your recycling bin (put small pieces of paper - less than 7.5cm long and wide - in an envelope or paper bag first)
  • Take to Wollert Landfill for free recycling
  • Take to Visy Coolaroo Office, 13 Reo Crescent, Campbellfield

Paper (shredded)

Paper towel (soiled)

Phones (mobile)

Pizza boxes

  • Put in your recycling bin - remove any loose food from the box

Plant pots

Plastic bags

  • Return to major supermarkets.
  • Take to any Coles supermarket to be recycled into furniture for schools, kindergartens and community groups through REDcycle.

Plastic containers & bottles (including plastic takeaway food containers)

Plastics (soft plastics including cling wrap, bubble wrap, biscuit packets, lolly bags, pasta bags, frozen food bags and soft plastic packaging)

  • Take to any Coles or Woolworths supermarket
  • Put in your garbage bin.

Polystyrene packaging

Polystyrene trays

Pool chemicals

Printer & toner cartridges

Q

R

Refrigerators

  • Book a collection by Kids Off The Kerb on 9982 5600 (Note: Kids Off The Kerb are currently experiencing long waiting periods for collections)

Drop off for free to:

  • Kids Off The Kerb
    9 Dunstans Court, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
  • Transfer station at Wollert Landfill
  • SRS Metals Pty Ltd
    304-308 Mahoneys Road, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm and Saturday, 8am - 12.30pm

S

Scrap metal

Sheets and pillow cases (not suitable for reuse)

  • Take to the Epping Animal Welfare Facility, 20 Companion Place, Epping
  • Take to SCR Group Hub

Shampoo & conditioner bottles

Shredded paper

  • Put in your home compost bin or worm farm
  • Put it in your garbage bin

Smoke alarms

Soil and rocks

Syringes

T

Tea bags

Television

Take to:

Timber

Tissues

Toasters

Drop off for free to:

  • Transfer station at Wollert Landfill
  • SRS Metals Pty Ltd
    304-308 Mahoneys Road, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm and Saturday, 8am - 12.30pm

Towels (not suitable for reuse)

  • Take to the Epping Animal Welfare Facility, 20 Companion Place, Epping
  • Take to a SCR Group Hub

Toys (unsuitable for reuse)

Tyres

  • Contact your local tyre store and ask them if they will accept your unwanted tyres for recycling
  • Take to Wollert Landfill for recycling (charges apply)

U

V

Vacuum cleaners

Drop off for free to:

  • Transfer station at Wollert Landfill
  • SRS Metals Pty Ltd
    304-308 Mahoneys Road, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm and Saturday, 8am - 12.30pm

Video/VHS cassettes

W

Water bottles (up to 15L)

Waxed paper & cardboard

Weeds (common)

Whitegoods (fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and clothes driers)

  • Book a collection by calling Kids Off The Kerb on 9982 5600 (note: Kids Off The Kerb are currently experiencing long waiting periods for collections) or drop off for free to:
  • Kids Off The Kerb
    9 Dunstans Court, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
  • Transfer station at Wollert Landfill
  • SRS Metals Pty Ltd
    304-308 Mahoneys Road, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm and Saturday, 8am - 12.30pm

Window glass

Wrap in newspaper, bag and then:

X

X-rays

Y

Yoghurt tubs