Find out how you can dispose of various types of waste and recyclables, in ways that help both the environment and your household.
2019 Collection Calendar
The 2019 collection calendar lets you check when your bins need to be presented kerbside. If you prefer a paper version with a magnet on the back (for your fridge etc), you can collect one from our service centres, including libraries. We are also happy to post one out to you upon request.
Recycling right, kerbside
Most of us agree that recycling is good to do. Sometimes it can feel confusing though... especially when packaging is made of composite materials such as foil and cardboard, or paper and plastic. The good news is that the Australasian Recycling Label (the ARL) is replacing numbers in triangles.
ARL icons show the best way to recycle or dispose of items, such as in these examples:
Our residential kerbside recycling service is for household items made from:
- Paper or cardboard
- Glass and plastic bottles
- Aluminium and steel cans
- Plastics that hold their shape - known as hard plastics - and with any or no number/ARL icon on the base (except #6: that's polystyrene)
- Assorted other packaging from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry, such as UHT cartons, empty aerosol cans, detergent bottles and pizza boxes
A quick rinse is all that's usually needed, and you don't need to soak off labels or cut 'windows' off envelopes any more.
REMEMBER to never bag your recyclables! Items in bags get sent straight to landfill.
Contaminants found in recycling bins by collection and processing contractors include plastic bags, polystyrene, strapping tape, greenwaste, nappies and garbage. These cause problems at Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) and reduce the value of recyclable materials. So please do the right thing by your community, businesses and the environment by getting it right on bin night.
Our residential kerbside greenwaste service is available to households in the urban areas of Bacchus Marsh, Darley, Maddingley and Ballan, and you can sign up at any time during the year. The service is good value for money and more convenient than repeated trips to a transfer station. Simply complete https://www.moorabool.vic.gov.au/forms/waste-service-application-form or a paper version is available from our customer service centres in Ballan, Darley and the Lerderderg Library in Bacchus Marsh.
Remember that much of what's commonly called "waste" is a reusable resource!
Recycling things that don't belong in your kerbside bin
Any clean plastics you can scrunch up, such as plastic carry bags, bags used for bread, produce, cereal, biscuits, dog food, potting mix, bubble wrap and much more. Drop these off next time you shop at Coles or Woolworths, to be sent to Redcycle (link is external) for specialist recycling. As a bonus, you'll have so much more space in your red bin!
Food waste makes up an astonishing 25 - 40% of many householders' garbage bins! You can reduce this by checking your pantry and fridge and making a list before you head to the shops. Check out the simple, tasty and free recipes you can quickly create from the leftovers in your fridge and pantry, at www.lovefoodhatewaste.vic.gov.au(link is external). It's also best not to shop when you are hungry!
Whilst mobiles keep us connected to the world around us, many of us also have an old one... or three... stashed in drawers. Mobiles contain valuable and scarce resources such as coltan (tantalite), mined from pristine habitats. So, when the time comes to move your mobile on, be sure to take it to a participating drop-off point for specialist recycling, via Mobile Muster: www.mobilemuster.com.au/locator-map/(link is external). Typical drop-off locations include phone shops, post offices, civic centres and libraries.
Many of our gadgets rely on batteries that create a significant waste stream. Batteries contain hazards such as lead and acid, so it's important these are kept out of landfill. Do the right thing by taking your dead household batteries* to transfer stations, Aldi, Bunnings or Officeworks collection points. And, remember that whilst rechargeable batteries cost more initially, they have a long lifespan when compared to regular batteries, and are therefore a more sustainable choice.
Car batteries can be taken to transfer stations at no fee, or you can donate them locally to the Rotary Club of Ballan to aid its fundraising efforts. Simply drop off your car battery at the True Value hardware store or at First National Real Estate, both on Inglis Street, Ballan.
NBN batteries can be dropped off at Ballarat or Melton transfer stations at no cost.
Unwanted electrical and electronic items (e-waste) create the single biggest waste stream of developed societies. Anything with a battery or cord that is no longer wanted or needed can become an environmental problem. E-waste never belongs in your kerbside recycling bin and it shouldn't go into your garbage bin either. Check out the terrific animation video at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/eWaste(link is external) to learn more. From July 2019, e-waste will be banned from landfill altogether, but many items will be free to dispose of at council transfer stations, from where they are sent on to specialist recyclers. Some, such as TVs, computers and whitegoods, are already free to drop off.
Other ways to do your bit for the environment
The waste hierarchy teaches us all to rethink and reduce our consumer habits, rather than using resources that are often in limited supply. As consumers, we have the power to make sustainable choices about our purchases every day. Here are some tips to help you on the journey:
- Most single-use coffee cups are not recyclable through kerbside collections. A reusable "keep" cup lasts for years and often gets you a cafe discount!
- Are you a new parent? Have you considered cloth nappies? Whether you're just starting the journey or are an old hand, the maths is staggering... the 'average' baby (it's ok, we know each one is special!) works its way through around 2500 disposable nappies in the first year. That's a lot of space taken up in your garbage bin and a lot of landfill waste! Check out the Bacchus Marsh Cloth Nappy Library. It offers information, a trial lending service and a supportive ear: www.mooraboolmeg.org.au/Home/cloth-nappy-library
- Got something you no longer want or need, but that is good enough to "go round" again for someone else to make use of? Connect with your local community through your local paper or online buy-swap-sell, garage sales and charities including food banks. Buying or being given something preloved is budget-friendly and saves materials plus the water, energy and carbon miles needed to create, transport and new items. So show your op shops some love! You can also pick up the excellent "Op Shop Adventures" free guide, packed with tips and location info, from the Visitor Information Centre or read onscreen at https://recyclingrevolution.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Op-Shop-Adventures-web-version.pdf
- When you do go shopping, it makes more sense than ever to BYO reusable bags. And did you know? There are Boomerang Bag members all around us, busily hand-creating a range of practical and fun carry bags that are free to everyone!
Got a question? Feel free to ask our waste team at email@example.com, or check out these websites:
The Moorabool Waste Management & Resource Recovery Policy and Strategy
The waste team at Moorabool Shire monitors what's happening in government, industry and the community, to ensure Council's waste and recycling practices provide services that represent best value for money and meet Council's environmental obligations. Our Policy and our Strategy set directions for the next 5-10 years, and are based on these key principles:
- Waste minimisation
- Cost-effectiveness and best value
- Equity and access to services
- Innovation and continual improvement, and
- Community engagement and communications.
You can read on-screen by downloading a copy of the full Policy or Strategy. (DOC, 170.5 KB)
Waste management charges and levies appear on each property’s Annual Rate & Valuation Notice. For further information about these charges, please refer to Rates and Charges Explained or feel free to contact us.
Replacement of Moorabool Shire-issued bins depends upon their warranty period. Council maintains a register with serial numbers of bins assigned to properties and this will determine whether you need to pay for a new bin.
Our contractors may also choose to repair rather than replace damaged bins. Replacement bin lids, pins or wheels are supplied and fitted at no charge to the resident. There's no need to fill in a form for these parts; simply contact us if you have a bin needing a little TLC.