A-Z Recycling and Waste Guide

Moorabool’s A-Z Recycling & Waste Guide

  • Use this guide to help you make the best decision when clearing out common items from the kitchen, garage and everywhere else in your home.
  • Many items can be recycled into new products, saving valuable resources, energy and landfill space.
  • A cost may be associated with some disposal or recycling services – contact the provider first to check. 

Missing something?

If we’ve forgotten something– please email wasteadmin@moorabool.vic.gov.au

 

Absorptive pads (e.g. in meat trays)

Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Aerosol cans (empty)

Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)

 

Aluminium foil

  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Roll into a ball about the size of a tennis ball before recycling. Ensure no food remnants are on the foil.
  • When possible, use foil multiple times
  • Avoid waste by using a non-stick baking dish and lid

 

Appliances

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Apple brand products

  • Can be traded in – visit the Apple trade-in website
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Asbestos

 

Ash (fireplace ash from wood only; must be cold)

  • Allow to cool and recycle via your home compost bin

 

Avocado pit

 

Baby wipes

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Never flush wipes of any kind down the toilet – they cause major sewer blockages.
  • Avoid waste by using reusable cloth wipes that can be laundered

 

Baking paper

 

Balloons

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Releasing balloons into the environment is littering and illegal in Victoria 

Band-aids

Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Barbecues (mostly metal)

 

Batteries (Household, NBN and car batteries)

  • Recycle household batteries at the sorting station at:
    • Lerderderg Library in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
    • Ballan Council Office, 15 Stead Street Ballan
    • Darley Council Office, 182 Halletts Way Darley
  • Recycle household batteries at Aldi or Battery World battery recycling sites
  • Recycle household, NBN & car batteries at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  • Avoid waste by using rechargeable batteries where possible

Never put batteries in a household bin – they are banned from landfill and can cause fires in garbage trucks 

 

Beauty Products

  • Send to the BRAD - Banish Recycling And Disposal Program

    The Program accepts:

    • Toothpaste tubes, floss containers and old plastic toothbrushes via Colgate's Oral Care Recycling Program
    • Electric toothbrush heads
    • Medical ointment tubes
    • Hair gel tubes and caps
    • Hair paste plastic jars and caps
    • Lip balm tubes
    • Face soap dispensers and tubes
    • Lotion bottles, tubes, dispensers, and jars
    • Shaving foam tubes (no cans)
    • Plastic razors and blades via the Gillette Recycling Program
    • Lip gloss tubes
    • Mascara tubes
    • Eye liner pencils and cases
    • Eye shadow tubes
    • Concealer tubes and sticks
    • Medical blister packs

 

Or dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Bed base & Bed head

 

Bedding

 

Berry punnets

 

Binders/folders (plastic with metal rings)

 

Biscuit trays (plastic tray inside packet of biscuits)

 

Blankets (electric)

  • Contact your local animal shelter or vet – find out if they will accept electric blankets
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Cut off the electrical cables and recycle the cables at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  •  Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Blister packs (for medicine/pills)

 

Bones (raw, from meat and seafood)

 

Bones (cooked, from meat and seafood)

 

Books

  • Avoid waste by borrowing books from one of Moorabool’s Libraries
  • Reuse by swapping, giving away or donating to your local charity/op-shop
  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost). Remove plastic or laminated covers first

 

Bottle tops/lids (steel or plastic)

  • Steel tops can be recycled by collecting them in a steel can (e.g. baked beans tin), squashing closed when full and placing in your recycling bin (yellow lid)
  • Plastic tops to be removed from bottles and disposed of in your garbage bin (red lid)

 

Bottles (plastic)

 

Bottles (glass)

  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  • Remove steel lids, collect in a steel can, squash closed when full, then recycle 

 

Boxes (cardboard)

 

Branches (large, over 10cm in diameter and 55cm long)

 

Branches (small, up to 10cm in diameter and 55cm long)

  • Recycle in your optional green waste bin (urban areas)  (lime green lid)
  • Cut up smaller / mulch and place in your compost bin
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Bread bags (plastic)

 

 

Bread tags

 

Bubble wrap

 

Bricks, rubble, rocks, concrete and building materials

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Dispose by hiring a skip.
  • Visit Detox Your Home for disposal of toxic materials
  • See Sustainability Victoria for more information
  • These materials are not accepted in any Council bin or at any Transfer Station. This includes contaminated soil and asbestos.

 

Brochures/Glossy paper

Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station

 

Cameras

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Cans (steel or aluminium)

  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  • Reuse steel cans as plant pots or containers for storage, e.g. nails/screws etc.

 

Car batteries

 

Car/auto parts and tyres

  • Reuse by selling online or by giving away
  • Recycle metal and tyres at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Contact a local scrap dealer to recycle a car body

 

Cardboard (unwaxed)

 

Cardboard (waxed - e.g. fruit boxes)

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid)
  • Reuse by offering to someone who might be moving to a new house
  • Avoid waxed cardboard if possible

 

Carpet/carpet underlay

Dispose of at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Cartridges (printer/toner)

  • Recycle household batteries at the sorting station at:
    • Lerderderg Library in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
    • Ballan Council Office, 15 Stead Street Ballan
    • Darley Council Office, 182 Halletts Way Darley
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Recycle through Planet Ark

Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Cassette cover and casing (tape removed)

Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Cassette tapes

 

Cat Litter

 

Cat poo (all pet poo)

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Wrap in old newspaper or plastic bag
  • Recycle by using a Green Cone Solar Composter or EnsoPet Poo Composter

 

CDs

  • Reuse by donating to your local charity/op-shop
  • Reuse by stringing up in your garden to deter pests or for craft projects
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

CD cases (plastic)

Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

CD players

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Cellophane

 

Ceramics

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Reuse by giving away or donating to your local charity/op-shop
  • Broken ceramics can be used for creative art projects

 

Cereal boxes

Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station

 

Cereal box inner plastic bags

 

Chemicals (household)

 

Chemicals (Farm Chemicals and DrumMUSTER)

  • Dispose of unwanted agricultural or non-household chemicals through ChemClear.

 

Chip packets (foil-lined plastic)

 

Chocolate wrappers (foil-lined plastic)

 

Chux wipes

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Reuse until cannot be reused anymore – wash in washing machine to get more life out of them
  • Avoid by using reusable cloths instead

 

Cigarette butts

Tip: When out and about, carry a container to collect butts until you find a bin. Cigarette butts persist in the natural environment for many years - never litter!

 

Cleaning rags

 

Cling wrap/cling film/plastic wrap

 

Clothing (good condition)

  • Reuse by havinga clothes swap with friends or selling online, at a market, etc
  • Reuse quality items by donating to your local charity/op-shop or putting in a clothing/textile donation bin
  • Recycle by dropping off at select clothing retailers -  see H&M Group and Zara
  • Recycle by sending to Upparel
  •  Recycle by donating to Southern Cross Recycling

 

Clothing (damaged)

  • Reuse as rags at home
  • Recycle by donating to Southern Cross Recycling
  • Recycle by sending to Upparel
  • Donate to local mechanics
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Never donate damaged clothing to an Op Shop – if you won’t wear it – why would someone else?

 

Coat hangers (plastic or metal)

 

Coffee cups and lids (single use)

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Sit in to have a coffee or carry a reusable cup if you’re on the go to avoid waste
  • Use the cup as pot for seedlings

 

Coffee cups and lids (compostable)

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Sit in to have a coffee or carry a reusable cup if you’re on the go to avoid waste
  • Use the cup as pot for seedlings
  • Recycle the cup via a worm farm or compost bin

 

Coffee filter papers

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Recycle by adding to soil to increase soil acidity
  • Recycle via a worm farm, compost bin or Bokashi bin 

 

Coffee grounds and beans

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Recycle by adding to soil to increase soil acidity
  • Recycle via a worm farm, compost bin or Bokashi bin

 

Coffee pods

 

Compostable Plates

 

Computers, parts and accessories

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Concrete, bricks, rubble, rocks and building materials

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell groups.
  • Dispose by hiring a skip from a waste company. Please note that asbestos and contaminated soil won’t be accepted. Visit Detox Your Home for disposal of toxic materials
  • See Sustainability Victoria for more information

 

Cooking oil

  • For large quantities, search Recycling Near You or the Yellow Pages for an oil collector.
  • Never pour oil down the sink – it causes blockages.
  • Small amounts of oil can be buried in the garden or put into home compost or Bokashi bin system

 

Corks (wine or bottle corks)

  • Unfortunately, there are no organisations within Australia that accept corks for recycling. Best to use corks in craft and creative upcycling projects.
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Cotton wool balls

 

Crockery

 

Curtain rods (metal)

 

Curtains

 

Cutlery (plastic)

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Reuse by washing and reusing until no longer usable
  • Avoid waste by using reusable cutlery

 

Cutlery (cornstarch)

 

Dairy food products

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Recycle in your Bokashi bin or green cone solar composter
  • Avoid food waste by reviewing your pantry and fridge and making a list before you head to the shops. It’s also best not to shop when you are hungry!
  • Avoid food waste by checking out Love Food Hate Waste for free recipes you can quickly create from the leftovers in your fridge and pantry.

 

Detergent bottles (plastic)

 

Disposable gloves

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Avoid by using hand sanitiser and washing hands thoroughly instead – only as appropriate

 

Disposable plates (plastic, clean)

  • Reuse bywashing and reusing until no longer usable
  • Avoid waste by using reusable plates

 

Dog poo (all pet poo)

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Wrap in old newspaper or a re-purposed bread bag
  • Recycle by using a Green Cone Solar Composter or EnsoPet Poo Composter
  • Make a DIY Pet poo compost tube by searching tutorials online

 

Doors (metal)

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Reuse in the garden as a trellis
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees may apply if door made from mixed materials)

 

Doors (timber)

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Consider whether it can be upcycled into a table or used in another creative project
  • Dispose at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Drain cleaner

 

DVDs

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Eggs and shells

  • Recycle in your home compost bin, worm farm, Bokashi bin or green cone solar composter
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Egg cartons (cardboard only)

  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid)
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  • Recycle in your home compost bin
  • Reuse by giving to people with chickens or to kids for craft projects
  • Use to raise seedlings

 

Electric scooters (mobility)

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)

 

Electric toothbrush

 

Electrical appliances

  • Reduce waste by purchasing high-quality items, keeping them maintained and only replacing at end of product life
  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Contact Bacchus Marsh Rotary: Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN) to confirm if this item is accepted for donation
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Electrical cords and cables

  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Electronic cigarettes (remove liquid cartridge)

  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Envelopes (paper)

 

Face masks (disposable)

 

Fast food/processed food leftovers

 

Fertiliser

 

Fire extinguisher

 

Fish and seafood waste

 

Flexible/soft plastics (bags and wrappings)

 

Flowers

  • Recycle in your home compost bin
  • Recycle in your optional green waste bin (urban areas) (lime green lid)
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Fluorescent light bulbs & tubes, and CFL globes

  • Recycle light globes at the sorting station at:
    • Lerderderg Library in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
    • Ballan Council Office, 15 Stead Street Ballan
    • Darley Council Office, 182 Halletts Way Darley
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  •  Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Flyscreens

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Dispose at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Foam underlay

 

Food waste

  • Recycle in your worm farm, compost bin, Bokashi bin etc – depending on the food type
  • Avoid food waste by reviewing your pantry and fridge and making a list before you head to the shops. It's also best not to shop when you are hungry!
  • Avoid food waste by checking out Love Food Hate Waste for free recipes you can quickly create from the leftovers in your fridge and pantry.
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Fridges/freezers

 

Fruit and vegetable waste

  • Recycle in your worm farm, compost bin, Bokashi bin etc – depending on the food type
  • Avoid food waste by reviewing your pantry and fridge and making a list before you head to the shops. It's also best not to shop when you are hungry!
  • Avoid food waste by checking out Love Food Hate Waste for free recipes you can quickly create from the leftovers in your fridge and pantry.
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Fruit bags (plastic)

 

Frying pan (stove-top)

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Get creative – drill holes in the base and turn into a plant pot
  • Dispose of at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply) 

 

Frying pan (electric)

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Furniture

 

Garden waste (green waste)

 

Gas bottles and canisters (empty only)

  • Recycle through Planet Ark
  • Recycle through Detox Your Home
  • Take gas bottles back to place of purchase or service station to be refilled
  • See  Elgas SWAP’n’GO
  •  Never put gas bottles or canisters in a household bin they can cause fires in collection trucks

 

Glass (not bottles or jars)

  • Examples include window glass, mirrors, wine glasses and picture frame glass.
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Wrap in paper before disposal

 

Glass bottles and jars

  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  • Remove steel lids (steel lids can be recycled by collecting in a steel can, squashing closed once full and then placing in recycle bin)
  • Reuse as water bottles or vases
  • Reuse to propagate plant cuttings
  • Reuse for food or storing small items

 

Glasses (spectacles/sunglasses)

 

Glossy paper (e.g. brochures, magazines - remove staples)

 

Gloves (rubber or vinyl)

 

Grass clippings

  • Recycle in your home compost bin
  • Recycle in your optional green waste bin (lime green lid)
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid)

 

Grease-proof paper

  • Avoid by using non-stick pans instead
  • Search for reusable pan lining alternatives online
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Green reusable bags

 

Hair (human or animal)

 

Halogen downlights

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply). Wrap in paper first. These are non-toxic and safe in the waste bin.

 

Headphones

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Reuse through the Lion’s ‘Recycle for Sight’ program
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Hearing aids

 

Hi-fi sets/stereos

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Home security systems

  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

 

Hot water units

 

Hose (garden hose)

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid)
  • Reuse for other handy garden-related projects (e.g. to cover sharp metal edges)
  • Dispose at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

House wiring

 

Household chemicals

 

Hygiene products

  • Avoid waste by using reusable options e.g. Menstrual cups, period pants and washable pads
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Never flush disposable options down the toilet

 

Ice block sticks (wooden)

  • Use in the garden to label seedlings
  • Recycle in your home compost bin
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Ice cream containers/lids (plastic)

  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) if numbered 1, 2, 5
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station  if numbered 1, 2, 5
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) if plastic numbered 3,4,6,7
  • Reuse to store food or household items

 

Inverters (power inverter)

  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin

 

Irons (clothes irons)

 

Jars (remove lids)

  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) – take off steel lids (steel lids can be recycled by collecting in a steel can, squashing closed once full and then replacing in recycle bin)
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  • Reuse as water bottles or vases
  • Reuse to propagate plant cuttings

 

Jex pads/steel wool

 

Juice cartons (tetrapak / foil-lined/ waxed)

 

Kitty litter

 

Lamps

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  •  Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Laptops

  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Contact Bacchus Marsh Rotary: Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN) to confirm if this item is accepted for donation
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Remember to wipe all personal data from the hard drive first
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Lawn mowers

  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station

 

Leaf blowers

  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)

 

Leaves

  • Recycle in your optional green waste bin (urban areas)  (lime green lid)
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Recycle in your home compost bin

 

Light bulbs/tubes

  • Recycle light globes (no cost) at the sorting station at:
  • Lerderderg Library in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
  • Ballan Council Office, 15 Stead Street Ballan
  • Darley Council Office, 182 Halletts Way Darley

 

Lolly wrappers (plastic / plastic with foil)

 

Lunch boxes (plastic)

  • If numbered 1, 2 or 5 -  recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  • If numbered  3,4,6,7 dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Reuse to store food or household items
  • Reuse to store food, toys or tools, or by donating to your local charity/op-shop

 

Magazines

 

Make-up pads (cotton or other)

 

Make-up containers / packaging

  • Send to the BRAD - Banish Recycling And Disposal Program

    The Program accepts:

    • Toothpaste tubes, floss containers and old plastic toothbrushes via Colgate's Oral Care Recycling Program
    • Electric toothbrush heads
    • Medical ointment tubes
    • Hair gel tubes and caps
    • Hair paste plastic jars and caps
    • Lip balm tubes
    • Face soap dispensers and tubes
    • Lotion bottles, tubes, dispensers, and jars
    • Shaving foam tubes (no cans)
    • Plastic razors and blades via the Gillette Recycling Program
    • Lip gloss tubes
    • Mascara tubes
    • Eye liner pencils and cases
    • Eye shadow tubes
    • Concealer tubes and sticks
    • Medical blister packs

 

Massage chairs

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Take to a Moorabool Transfer Station (fees may apply)

 

Massage mats/pads (electric)

 

Mattresses

 

Meat, fat, raw bones

 

Meat trays (plastic)

 

Meat trays (foam / polystyrene)

 

Medical waste

  • Contact your local GP for correct disposal of various types of medical waste or for permission to use their on-site medical waste bin.

 

Medicines (old)

  • Dispose of them safely by returning to your local pharmacy via the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) scheme
  • Never flush down the toilet or put in your waste bin.

 

Medicine bottle (plastic)

 

Mobile phones

  • Remember to wipe all personal data from the mobile first
  • Recycle at the sorting station at:
    • Lerderderg Library in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
    • Ballan Council Office, 15 Stead Street Ballan
    • Darley Council Office, 182 Halletts Way Darley
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Reduce waste by only upgrading at the end of the product's life
  • Recycle at a local mobile muster location or request an envelope and post to them
  • Recycle via Zoos Victoria’s They’re Calling On You program
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Mobile phone chargers

  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Modems

  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Musical instruments

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Reuse by donating to your local charity/op-shop

 

Musical instruments (electrical)

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Motor oil

 

Napkins (paper)

  • Recycle by placing in your home compost bin
  • Avoid waste by using reusable cloth napkins
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Nappies (disposable)

 

Nut shells (e.g. pistachio or peanut shells)

 

Olive pips

 

Ovens/stoves

 

Oyster shells

 

Paint / paint tins

  • Take to Ballarat or Melton Transfer Stations
  • Recycle via Paintback at hardware stores

 

Pallets

  • Reuse by returning high-quality pallets to the producer (often for a cash refund)
  • Repurpose by turning into garden furniture or planter boxes
  • Reuse by selling/giving away
  • Dispose at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Paper

  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  • Reuse the blank side of office paper to create a notebook
  • Recycle by shredding and adding to your home compost bin or worm farm
  • Examples include - clean/dry, newspapers, office paper, paper bags - remove staples first

 

Paper (shredded)

  • Recycle in your home compost bin or worm farm
  • Put shredded paper inside a paper bag and recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid)  or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)

 

Paper towels and napkins

  • Avoid waste by using reusable napkins and towels made of cloth
  • Recycle by tearing into small pieces and adding to your home compost bin

Note: If the paper is contaminated with chemicals or cleaning products, dispose in your garbage bin (red lid)

 

Pasta and rice

 

Pet poo

 

Pharmaceutical machines (e.g. blood pressure monitors)

 

Pharmaceuticals (old)

  • Dispose of them safely by returning to your local pharmacy via the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) scheme
  • Never flush down the toilet or put in your waste bin.

 

Phone books

 

Photocopiers

 

Photographs

  • Use for art projects

 

Photograph negatives & slides

 

Pillows

  • Contact your local vet or animal shelter and ask if they accept pillows
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Pizza boxes

  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  •  Remove food and if pizza box is excessively oily, put in garbage bin (red lid) 

 

Plant pots (plastic)

  • Reuse to grow seeds or re-pot new plants
  • Reuse by donating to community gardens or nurseries
  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid)
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station

 

Plasterboard

 

Plastic

Each Council area accepts different plastics in the recycling bin. In Moorabool, these plastics are recyclable:

  • #1 - PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
  • #2 - HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
  • #5 – PP (Polypropylene) 

Most plastics have a number written inside a triangle on the base. This number tells you what type of plastic it is - not whether it's recyclable in Moorabool. If you’re unsure what type of plastic it is – it’s better to put in your garbage bin than risk contaminating recyclables. If in doubt – leave it out!

 

Plastic bags

 

Plastic bottles

 

Plastic containers (e.g. take away containers, yoghurt pots)

 

Plastic bottle (with spray or pump nozzle)

 

Plastic wrappers

 

Plate scrapings

 

Polystyrene / Styrofoam

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Avoid by taking your own reusable cup or container
  • Avoid excessively packaged products and shop local rather than having items shipped

 

Post bags

 

Pots and pans (metal)

 

Power boards

  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  •  Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Printer cartridges

 

Printers and scanners

  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

 

Prunings from vegetation

  • Recycle in your home compost bin
  • Recycle in your optional green waste bin (urban areas)  (lime green lid) or at a Moorabool Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Pyrex Glass Kitchenware

  • Donate to your local charity/op-shop
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Pyrex glass is different to household jars and bottles – it melts at a much higher temperature and is not recyclable

 

Radios

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Records (vinyl)

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Remotes

  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Reusable bags (plastic)

 

Rubber bands

 

Sanitary products

  • Avoid waste by using reusable options e.g. menstrual cups, period pants and washable pads
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Satellite navigation systems (GPS)

 

Seafood

 

Shelving units (metal frame)

 

Shoes

  • Reduce waste by using conditioner/weather protectant to increase the life of your shoes
  • Reuse by selling online, giving away or donating to your local charity/op-shop
  • Reuse/recycle by sending to Upparel
  • Take to a Save Our Souls recycling drop off point
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply) 
  • Never donate damaged shoes to an Op Shop - if you won't wear them - why would someone else? 

 

Shredded paper

  • Recycle in your home compost bin or worm farm
  • Put shredded paper inside a paper bag and recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)

 

Smoke alarms

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid)
  • Recycle battery at the sorting station at:
    • Lerderderg Library in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
    • Ballan Council Office, 15 Stead Street Ballan
    • Darley Council Office, 182 Halletts Way Darley
  • Recycle batteries at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
  •  Never put batteries in a household bin – they are banned from landfill and can cause fires in garbage trucks.

 

Socks

 

Soft / flexible plastics (bags and wrappings)

 

Solar panels and energy storage systems

  • Recycle by contacting Envirostream on 1800 727 274
  • Recycle by contacting Photovoltaic Recycling Solutions at contact@pvindustries.com.au
  • Contact the business who supplied the product and ask for their suggestions
  • Not accepted at Moorabool Transfer Stations

 

Spoiled / off cooked food

 

Sporting goods

  • Reuse by donating to your local school, or Boots for all
  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Small items: dispose in your garbage bin (red lid)
  • Large items: take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Steel cans (e.g. food cans)

  • Reuse as plant pots for seedlings – drill hole in bottom for drainage
  • Reuse to collect steel bottle lids from jars or bottles – when full, squash closed and put in the recycling bin
  • Recycle in your recycling bin (yellow lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station

 

Steel wool

 

Steel (scrap metal)

 

Stone fruit seed / stone

Straws (plastic, disposable)

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Avoid waste by carrying a metal or bamboo reusable straw and declining a plastic straw

 

Straws (paper)

 

Syringes

  • Put safely in a sharps box
  • Sharps containers can be collected from Council customer service offices:
    • Lerderderg Library in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
    • Ballan Council Office, 15 Stead Street Ballan
    • Darley Council Office, 182 Halletts Way Darley

Note: never put syringes in any council bin.

 

Tablets (e.g. iPads)

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Tea bags

  • Reduce waste by using loose-leaf tea and a refillable 'tea swag'
  • Put tea bags in your compost bin or worm farm. Note: Most tea bags contain plastic and synthetic materials (e.g. plastic, staples) which will not break down but can be removed at time of using compost.
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Tea (loose leaf)

  • Recycle in your home compost bin, worm farm, Bokashi bin or green cone solar composter

 

Televisions

  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Textiles

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Reuse as rags at home
  • Recycle by dropping off at select clothing retailers, such as H&M Group and Zara
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Thermometers

Recycle via Ecocycle

 

Thermostats

 

Tiles

  • Reuse for craft projects (e.g. tile mosaics)
  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Recycle at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Timber and fencing

  • Reuse at home for gardening projects
  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Reuse as firewood (untreated wood only)
  • Dispose at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Tissues

  • Avoid waste by using cloth hankies
  • Recycle by adding to your compost bin
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Toilet paper rolls

  • Reuse to raise seedlings

 

Toner cartridges

 

Vacuum cleaner dust

  • Recycle in your home compost bin (note: vacuum dust from carpets may contain microplastics and may not be suitable for composting)
  • Put in a bag and dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Vacuum cleaners

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)

 

Vacuum cleaner hose

 

Vegetable waste

  • Avoid food waste by reviewing your pantry and fridge and making a list before you head to the shops. It's also best not to shop when you are hungry!
  • Reuse by making a stock or soup
  • Avoid food waste by checking out Love Food Hate Waste for free recipes you can quickly create from the leftovers in your fridge and pantry.
  • Recycle by feeding home chickens and pets (where appropriate)
  • Note: remove plastic stickers and dispose of stickers in your garbage bin (red lid)
  • Recycle by adding to your compost bin, worm farm, Bokashi bin or green cone solar composter

 

VHS covers

 

VHS tapes

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Reuse by donating to your local charity/op-shop
  • Recycle at Green Collect (Braybrook)
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Video cassette recorders (VCR)

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin

 

Video game consoles/devices

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)
  • Never put any electronic item in a household bin, e-waste is banned from landfill and is a contaminant in the recycling bin.

 

Vinyl floor covering

 

Watches

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages.

  • Reuse by donating to your local charity/op-shop

 

Weeds

  • Reuse by making weed tea for your garden
  • Put in a plastic bag and leave in the sun a few weeks (to destroy seed bank) then place in compost bin
  • Recycle in your optional green waste bin (urban areas) (lime green lid)
  • Recycle as green waste at a Moorabool Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Wet wipes

  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)
  • Avoid waste by using reusable cloth wipes that can be laundered
  • Never flush wipes of any kind down the toilet - they cause major sewer blockages.

 

Whipper snippers

  • Reuse by selling, swapping, or giving away or donating. Try eBay, Gumtree or local Buy Swap Sell pages
  • Contact your local Op Shop – find out if they accept working electronic items
  • Recycle as e-waste at a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (no cost)

 

Whitegoods

 

Windows

  • Reuse by selling online or giving away
  • Consider whether it can be upcycled into a greenhouse
  • Dispose of at the Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)

 

Wool

  • Reuse for sewing or craft projects
  • Reuse by donating to your local charity/op-shop

 

Wrapping paper

  • Reuse to wrap presents or for craft projects

 

X-rays

 

Yoghurt containers

 

Zippers and sewing items

  • Reuse for sewing or craft projects
  • Reuse by donating to your local charity/op-shop
  • Dispose in your garbage bin (red lid) or take to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station (fees apply)