We appreciate the efforts of community members to keep as many items out of landfill as possible.
You can take the following separated items to a nearby transfer station for recycling:
Separated paper and cardboard – will be recycled by Cleanaway
- Accepted materials: office paper, newspaper, cardboard packaging, magazines, advertising material (junk mail), egg cartons, books
- Materials not accepted: any cardboard container designed to hold liquids – e.g. coffee cups, milk or juice cartons, used paper towel (put these items in the general waste bin)
All metals are collected together – will be recycled by Sims Metal
- Accepted materials: all metal items including food cans, aluminium drink cans, metal pots and pans (no lids), aluminium foil (scrunched together in a ball), metal lids (from bottles and jars)
- Materials not accepted: non-metal items
Glass bottles and jars:
Glass beverage bottles and food jars only – will be collected by Suez
- Accepted materials: glass beverage bottles, glass food jars only (no lids)
- Materials not accepted: lids, window glass, pyrex (glass cooking items), light globes, mirrors, drinking glasses
Because there are so many different types/compositions of plastic, plastic is the hardest material to find alternative recycling options for. No options are currently available to recycle any plastic containers that would usually go in the recycle bin.
Note: There is hard plastic collection at Anglesea transfer station only, but this is for larger rigid plastic items. Examples include: wheelie bins, garden pots, milk crates, bread crates, PR poly pipe, bumper bars, truck mud guards, plastic drums, some children’s toys and play equipment. These are recycled by GT Recycling Geelong.
We don't have the ability to sort mixed materials (that is the missing link with SKM’s materials recovery facility closed), so these are temporarily being sent to landfill.
Domestic quantities of recyclable materials being taken to any of the transfer stations are being charged as normal (up to 0.5 m3 is free of charge). We will make exceptions for residents who present with amounts of separated paper/cardboard, metals and glass in excess of this because they have been storing their material to reduce trips or are bringing material from multiple households.
These items need to remain separated to be accepted.
The most important thing people can do is reduce waste where possible by making good choices when you shop. Really think about where your packaging will end up.
Council will be exploring drop-off options for communities that don’t have a transfer station.