Recycling

Find out about what can be recycled, how to avoid contamination, green organics, home composting, e-waste and light globes.

Residential Recyling

Sometimes it is hard to decide what can be recycled, therefore it will be good if we can find out what products are recyclable before we put them into the recycle bin.

You may be surprised by how much you can recycle, but a little contamination with the wrong items and the whole lot could end up in landfill. Take the time to remind yourself what can and can't be recycled.

Recycling is collected fortnightly on the same day as your rubbish.

To learn more on what happens to your recycling, watch this short video of our recycling processor's facility.

 


Acceptable recycling:

  • Cans, glass and cartons (bottle tops to be placed in the garbage)
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Hard plastic packaging, excluding expandable polystyrene (APES)
  • Aerosol cans

Pizza boxes are recyclable but please make sure that you don't leave any food in the box.

Unacceptable recycling:

  • Rubbish
  • Plastic bags, plastic wrap or bin liners
  • Nappies or syringes
  • Pyrex, window glass, light globes, broken glass or ceramics
  • Green organics
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Polystyrene
  • Garbage or food waste
  • Hard waste, timber or building materials
  • Car parts
  • Clothing or carpet
  • Items wrapped in plastic bags.

The top items we get wrong in the recycling bin are:

Coffee Cups: The hard plastic lid can be recycled but the cup itself should be put into the rubbish bin, as most cups are a mix of soft plastic and paper and currently cannot be recycled.

Plastic Bags: Recycle by taking them to your local Coles or Woolworths supermarkets and put them in the collection bin provided. To learn more about what soft plastics can be recycled visit redcycle

Foil: Recyclable when scrunched in a ball larger than a golf ball, which allows the foil to be sorted correctly.

Soft Plastic (plastic wrappers, bread bags, cereal box liners, bubble wrap etc): Soft plastic that can be scrunched into a ball can be recycled, along with your plastic bags, at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarkets.

Buying products without excess plastic packaging or using reusable containers will help to reduce plastic waste.

See Council's A-Z Guide(PDF, 134KB) to Recycling and Waste for further information on what can and cannot be placed in your recycling bin.

Learn more about how to Get it Right on Bin Night at Sustainability Victoria's website.

Recycling Myths, Truths and FAQs

The more we recycle, the more we help the enrvironment, so it's important to get it right on bin night.

To make it easy, we've put together a list of common myths and answers to the most frequently asked questions about recycling in Baw Baw Shire. (For a more detailed rundown of what you can and can't put in your recycling bin, visit the Residential Recycling section of this website.)

Common Myths and FAQs 

Myth 1: I don’t need to sort my rubbish because recycling all goes to landfill anyway.

Truth: No, it doesn’t! Our recycling is absolutely being recycled, we just need to make sure it’s not contaminated. That means it's really important to sort your recyclables from your regular rubbish.

Myth 2: Soft plastics can be recycled in a bin service.

Truth: No, they can’t! Soft plastics including clean cling wrap, bread bags, pasta bags etc. can't be recycled by putting them in your recycling bin at home. But they CAN be recycled at all Coles and Woolworth Supermarkets, so drop them off there.

Myth 3: If I bag my recyclables, they’ll still get recycled.

Truth: No, they won’t! Due to Occupational Health and Safety reasons, bags cannot be opened by sorting staff. Therefore any bag found at the recycling plant will go straight to landfill. If you want to bag your recyclables to make them easier to take out to the bin, please bust the bag open before putting it into the recycling bin then put the bag in the garbage or take it to the supermarket. 

Myth 4: If I put clothes into the recycling bin, they will be recycled.

Truth: No, they won’t!  If you have unwanted (but useable) clothes that you'd like to get rid of, please take your items to an op shop where they can be re-used.

Myth 5: Polystyrene is recyclable if it has a recycling symbol on it.

Truth: No, it isn’t! Even if there is a recycling system symbol on the polystyrene product, it cannot go into our recycling bins in Baw Baw Shire. It must go in the regular rubbish.

Myth 6: Milk bottle lids need to be separated from the milk bottle and placed in the waste bin.

Truth: In the case of milk bottles, this isn't true. If you keep your milk bottle lid on, it will still be recycled. Just be careful with other kinds of bottles. Wine bottle lids, for example, must be removed and placed in the bin.

Myth 7: Coffee cups are recyclable.

Truth: No, they aren’t. Coffee cups have a thin lining of plastic which makes them unable to be recycled within our municipality. The plastic coffee cup lid is recyclable though, so please separate the two and put the cup in the rubbish and the lid in the recycling.

Myth 8: You must clean glass jars and bottles before recycling.

Truth: No, you don’t. If there is some residue left in the container, that's fine. Just make sure they don't have significant food or liquid left in them.

Myth 9: Pizza boxes aren’t recyclable

Truth: Yes, you can! Just remove the left-over pizza.

Green Waste

Free Green Waste Drop Offs

To help our community prepare and maintain their properties over the fire season, Baw Baw Shire Council is offering free green waste drop-offs from 18 January to 31 March 2020 to all residents.  

Free offer conditions:

  • Each household is eligible to drop off up to three cubic metres of acceptable green waste free of charge.
  • To cater for different trailer sizes, residents can either drop off three cubic metres at once, or smaller volumes over multiple drop offs.
  • Green waste over three cubic metres will be charged at the normal rate.
  • Bookings are not required, simply visit the transfer station during open hours and present proof of residency (such as driver’s license or rates notice).
  • Green waste must be delivered in residential vehicles and trailers (commercial vehicles will be charged at the standard rate).
  • Green waste must be separated from other waste or it will be charged at the standard rate.

Transfer station locations and open hours:

Lardner

  • Location: Simpson Road, Lardner
  • Open hours: 10.00am - 4.00pm every day

Trafalgar

  • Location: Giles Road, Trafalgar
  • Open hours: 10.00am - 4.00pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Neerim South

  • Location: Neerim East Road, Neerim South
  • Open hours: 10.00 am - 4.00pm on Friday and Sunday

Erica

  • Location: Mathiesons Road, Erica
  • Open hours: 12.00pm - 4.00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday

Residential Green Waste

Residential green waste is collected fortnightly. Place your green waste directly in the bin with no bags or pots. Any waste materials that aren’t green organics are considered contamination and are a significant problem.

Our green waste is reprocessed at PineGro in Morwell into soil improvers and compost for the agricultural industry. 

To learn more about how our green waste is reprocessed into quality compost and why it's important to eliminate contamination, watch this short video of our processor’s facility.

What can go in your green waste bin

  • Grass clippings and weeds, free from soil 
  • Garden pruning’s including rose clippings 
  • Leaves 
  • Small logs and raw timber off-cuts up to 10cm wide and 30cm long. 

What can't go in your green waste bin

You cannot place garbage, plastic bags, plant pots, food scraps, building materials, sand and soil, rocks, bricks, stones, tree stumps, treated or painted timber and noxious weeds. These items are considered contamination.

Please place your green bin on your nature strip before 6am on your collection day (or put it out the night before). See Council's Recycling and Waste Guide 2019/20 for further information about your collection day.

Home Composting

Composting is a great way to recycle naturally and help cut down on waste going to landfill. It will also help you grow a great garden.

Food scraps and garden waste can go into a compost bin where they break down to form a rich soil. You can then use it on your garden as mulch with an added benefit of providing extra nutrients to the soil.

Steps to Composting

  1. Put your bin in a level, well-drained, sunny (but not too hot) position. This means extra water can drain out and makes it easier for worms to get in and start breaking down the compost.
  2. Start filling up the compost bin with the right ingredients. These include:
    • "greens" such as vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, garden and grass clippings, which rot down and provide nitrogen and moisture.
    • "browns" such as scrunched paper and leaves, which are slower to rot and create air pockets in the mixture to keep everything moving.

    Keep the compost free of pet droppings, meat scraps and bones, diseased plants and weeds. If it's not organic, it won't help your garden grow; plastic bags and other garbage need to go in the bin.

  3. Keep the ingredients balanced. If the compost is too wet, add more browns. If it's too dry, add some greens. Keep the air circulating with scrunched paper and egg cartons. Crushed eggshells are also good for extra nutrients.
  4. Use your compost when it is a dark brown, almost black soil-like material. It is rich in nutrients and can be spread onto your garden beds to improve soil quality.

We have worm farm and compost bin rebates available to Baw Baw Shire ratepayers (conditions apply). The rebate application form can be downloaded in the Related Information Section on this page.

For further information please visit our worm farm rebate page on our website.

E-Waste

From 1 July 2019, e-waste will no longer be accepted in any bin

The Victorian Government has committed to banning e-waste from landfill to achieve a range of positive outcomes for the Victorian environment, community and industry.

Baw Baw Shire Council is working with the Victorian Government to support the implementation of the e-waste ban, commencing 1 July 2019.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste) from 1 July 2019 is any item with a plug, battery or cord that is unwanted. It could be any of a whole range of items from work, home or even the garden shed. From old phones, computers and household appliances, to power tools and toys. From 1 July please do not place these items in your kerbside bins.

E-waste is full of valuable resources we can reuse, as well as some nasty materials that are bad for the environment. Rather than putting it in the bin and sending it to landfill, we should take it to a better place where we can remove the bad and save the good.

Electronic waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste. The good news is that e-waste is more than 95 per cent recyclable. For example, old mobile phones can be recycled to make stainless steel goods, new batteries and even plastic fence posts. 

All E-Waste is collected and consolidated for the residents of the Baw Baw Shire and only approved national E-Waste processors are engaged to process the materials.  These companies have a commitment to ensuring the highest levels of recycle materials is used in Australian domestic markets or globally to suppliers who are recognised as specialists in recovery of resources as there is no Australian manufacture currently.

Where to take your e-waste in Baw Baw 

Currently, E-Waste is accepted for free at our four transfer stations; Erica, Neerim South, Trafalgar and Lardner. E-waste from households, schools, charities and small business within the municipality is accepted at all transfer stations during normal operating hours(PDF, 633KB). Please call the transfer station before bringing your e-waste to ensure they have capacity for your load (particularly if you have a large number of items).

Acceptable e-waste items from 1 July 2019

Large appliances

Small appliances

IT, telecommunications
and TV equipment

Lighting equipment

Refrigerators

Irons

Computers

Fluorescent lamps

Washing machines

Toasters

Laptops

High intensity discharge lamps

Cookers

Coffee machines

Printers

Compact fluorescent lamps

Microwaves

Hair dryers

Mobile phones

LEDs

Electric fans

Watches

Televisions

Air conditioners

Toys, leisure and sports equipment

Remotes

Electrical and
electronic tools

Electric trains and racing cars

Other e-waste

Drills

Hand-held video game consoles

Medical devices

Saws

Amplifiers

Monitoring and control equipment (smoke detector, thermostats)

Sewing machines

Musical instruments

Automatic dispensers

Lawn mowers

Radios

Photovoltaic (solar) panels

Smaller e-waste items

The Drouin and Warragul Civic Centres have e-waste drop off bins that accept smaller e-waste items. These include, mobile phones, batteries, small appliances such as electric toothbrushes, shavers, hair straighteners etc, and small e-waste accessories such as chargers, ear phones, iPads, etc. 

Select Office Supplies at 166 Queen Street, Warragul also accept e-waste such as computer equipment, photocopiers, faxes, printers, modems, data cables, TVs, monitors, server mainframes, etc. They do not accept white goods or small household appliances.

How e-waste is recycled

Watch this short video from Sims Recycling Solutions (where Baw Baw's electronic e-waste is processed) to see how your discarded electronics and old computers are recycled to produce raw material streams of steel, plastic, copper, aluminium, and precious metals, which can be used to make new products.