Our transfer stations, or resource recovery centres, allow residents to drop off a range of materials for recycling or disposal.
This page also contains information about safe chemical disposal.
Transfer stations: COVID-19 update
Our transfer stations are open during COVID-19 restrictions.
We cannot accept cash payments, only EFTPOS.
For any enquiries please call Council on 03 5366 7100.
Transfer stations are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday.
Operation as per usual hours on total fire ban days unless otherwise advised.
Address: Osborne Street, Bacchus Marsh
Hours: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Friday to Monday
Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Address: Monteville Lane, Ballan
Hours: 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm Wednesday to Monday
Address: Ballan-Egerton Road, Mount Egerton
Hours: 12 noon – 5.00 pm Saturday and Sunday
Closed: Monday to Friday
Free of charge:
- Household recyclables
- Electrical and electronic waste (e-waste)
- White goods: washing machines, fridges etc
- Scrap metal
- Fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent light globes
- Household, NBN and car batteries
- Motor oil
Half cost gate fee:
- Clean garden waste (green waste). Contaminated materials accepted at full cost.
Charged at cost - refer to gate fee table below
- Domestic waste
- Hard rubbish e.g. furniture, household bric-a-brac
- Trucks with loads up to 5 cubic metres
- Building rubble, bricks, soil, cement, gas cylinders, fire extinguishers
2022-23 Transfer Station Fees and Charges
These fees are in effect at all transfer stations from 1 July 2022
|Type of Vehicle
||Residents ( Photo ID Required)
| Car or station wagon
Small trailer (up to 1.8 x 1.2 x 0.3m) or ute
| Small trailer (heaped)
| Small trailer (high sides)
| Large trailer
| Large trailer (heaped)
| Large trailer (high sides)
| Truck per m3 of waste
| Mattress (per piece, any size)
|| $41.00 each
|| $41.00 each
| Tyre Types
| Car (tyres on rims)
|Light Truck and 4WD
|Light truck and 4WD (tyres on rim)
|Heavy Truck Super Single
|Heavy Truck (tyres on rims)
Hard Waste Disposal Entitlement
Residents of general-rated properties (residential properties with an occupancy permit) are entitled to drop off 1m3 of hard waste to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station at no cost before 30 June 2023.
What properties have the Hard Waste Disposal Entitlement?
Residential occupied properties that have a ‘General’ differential rate are entitled.
If your rates notice says ‘General’ you may drop off 1m3 hard waste at no cost.
How do I use the entitlement?
- Take your hard waste and your rates notice to a Moorabool Shire Transfer Station
- Present your rates notice to the transfer station attendant so they can check your property number
- The entitlement will be marked off the list
- The whole entitlement must be redeemed in a single visit not multiple trips.
- Valid until 30 June 2023
Volumes exceeding 1m3 will be charged as per the 2022-23 Transfer Station Fees.
What materials are accepted?
- Hard waste items such as broken or unwanted furniture
- Household items e.g. bric a brac, toys, sporting equipment and similar
- Household garbage, polystyrene and greenwaste is also accepted
What materials are not accepted?
x Mattresses, tyres, gas bottles
x Asbestos & hazardous materials
x Industrial, commercial or renovation waste
x Liquids, chemicals, paint, cooking oil
x Bricks, concrete, stone, clay, sand, soil
Remember: many items (such as e-waste, whitegoods and scrap metal etc) are accepted at the transfer stations and recycled at no cost.
I’m a tenant – can I use the entitlement?
Yes. Ask your real-estate agent to request the entitlement from the property owner. It is the property owner’s decision whether they reallocate the entitlement.
Your real-estate agent / landlord will need to provide written consent in a confirmation email (including property address) to email@example.com. Please allow 10 business days once confirmation is sent before visiting the transfer station.
At the Transfer Station, please present proof of address (e.g. driver’s licence or utility bill).
I live in social / department housing - can I access the entitlement?
Yes. At the Transfer Station, please present proof of address (e.g. driver’s licence or utility bill).
I am physically unable to drop off items
A trusted friend or family member may take materials on your behalf if you provide them your rates notice to present to the transfer station attendant.
What does 1m3 look like?
1m3 is a slightly heaped 1.8m x 1.2m x 0.3m trailer. Material volumes exceeding 1m3 will be charged at cost.
Note the diagram below right shows how full a slightly heaped trailer would look with 1m3 of material in it.
Why aren’t mattresses accepted?
A half price mattress drop-off month is scheduled for early 2023 to assist all residents with the cost of mattress recycling. Mattresses incur a per piece processing fee – this is also why they are not accepted within the entitlement service.
But I have an old fridge to get rid of…
Fridges, whitegoods and electronic/ electric items may be dropped off at the transfer stations for free recycling. Household, NBN, car batteries, scrap metal, yellow-lid recycling bin accepted materials and motor oil are also accepted at no charge.
Transfer station vouchers
Residents living outside of Council's waste collection areas may purchase transfer station vouchers to manage their waste.
Vouchers are available at Council’s service centres - a sheet of 26 vouchers costs $95.00 including GST and lasts a year.
Each voucher entitles disposal of 1/3 of a cubic metre of waste (equivalent to a 240L wheelie bin). Four (4) vouchers are required for a small level trailer load (6 m x 4 m).
Additional vouchers may be required for a heaped small trailer.
Use your vouchers wisely
Kerbside recyclables separated from other materials can be disposed of free of charge.
Save your vouchers for disposal of household waste that can only go to landfill.
What if I misplace my waste vouchers?
Unfortunately Council is unable to re-issue misplaced vouchers. It is the responsibility of the resident to keep vouchers in a safe place.
Can I purchase additional waste vouchers?
Only one sheet (26 vouchers) can be purchased by residents in a non-serviced area per year.
Can I use my waste vouchers after the expiry date?
The expiry date printed on the transfer station vouchers allows for some overlap into the following financial year, however vouchers will not be accepted after the expiry date. There is also no refund on unused vouchers. Please plan ahead to ensure you are able to utilise your current vouchers.
Household chemicals disposal - Detox Your Home
Moorabool's next Detox Your Home drop off event will be held at the Ballan Transfer Station at a date to be confirmed in 2023.
In the meantime, please visit Sustainability Victoria for upcoming events around Victoria to safely dispose unwanted toxic household chemicals.
Further information about materials:
- Acids and alkalis Aerosol cans (empty cans with household recycling)
- Anti-freeze Brake fluid Car body filler Car wax Cleaners – ammonia based
- Cooking oil
- Detergents, disinfectants and drain cleaners
- Fire extinguishers
- Floor-care products and waxes
- Fuels – petrol, diesel, kerosene, other
- Glues – water-based and solvents
- Herbicides and weed killers
- Insect spray and pesticides
- Nail polish and remover
- Oven cleaner
- Thinners, turps and paint stripper
- Pool chemicals
- Rat poison
- Transmission fluid
- Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnish)
Materials not accepted
Paint won’t be accepted.
Fluorescent lights and batteries may be dropped off at the Transfer Stations during operational hours.
Chemicals can’t be decanted, so bring them in disposable, clearly labelled containers. If you don’t know what’s inside a container, label it as ‘unknown’. The maximum acceptable weight or size for a single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres.
Unwanted agricultural or non-household chemicals must be disposed of by registering through the ChemClear program.
Ask your neighbours if they need to dispose of farm chemicals as the ChemClear program will only collect from your area if there are bulk quantities registered.
The drumMUSTER program operating at our transfer stations accepts empty drums for free recycling.
To ensure safe disposal, empty containers must be:
- Triple-rinsed and free of chemical residue
- Clean and dry
- Punctured if metal
- Free of any lids
Moorabool Shire Council does not have a paint disposal option. Ballarat and Melton Councils accept paint at their Transfer Stations. Please call ahead to ensure you as a Moorabool resident can drop off paint at:
Melton City Council Transfer Station - see here for further information.
Ballarat City Council Transfer Station - see here for further information.