Waste & Recycling Services

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Council is committed to managing waste as sustainably as possible. Everyone in the community is encouraged to also do their bit by reducing, reusing and recycling. In fact, recycling right has become more important than ever, as Australia looks to grow robust domestic industries, from reprocessing right through to recycled product markets.

Compulsory & Non-Compulsory Collections (Garbage & Recycling)

Compulsory waste collection areas include properties within residential and low density residential zones, townships and rural living. Residential and low density residential zones are serviced by a 120 litre weekly garbage collection and a 240 litre fortnightly recycling collection.

Townships, rural living and all other zoned land in compulsory and non-compulsory areas are serviced by a 240 litre fortnightly garbage collection and a 240 litre fortnightly recycling collection. If you live within a non-compulsory area or have an additional service, you are able to opt out at any time, by advising Council.

If you live within an area not serviced by Council collections, you may purchase waste vouchers for use at Council’s Transfer Stations.

Garbage & Recycling Kerbside Collections

New to the area? Check your collection day on the calendar on this webpage.

There are no collections on Christmas Day, New Year's Day or Good Friday. Alternative collection dates will be advertised online and in the local newspaper just prior to those days.

Garbage - Urban Areas

Bacchus Marsh, Darley, Maddingley, Hopetoun Park and Ballan residents are required to have a 120 litre garbage bin with a red lid, which is serviced weekly on your area's designated collection day. If you own residential property in these localities, it's your responsibility to purchase this bin from Council.

Garbage - Rural Areas

Rural residents are required to have a 240 litre garbage bin with a red lid, which will be serviced fortnightly on your area's designated collection day. If you own residential property in a rural locality, it's your responsibility to purchase this bin from Council.

Recycling - Urban and Rural Areas

Council provides a 240 litre recycling bin with a yellow lid, serviced fortnightly on the designated collection day (on the same weekday as garbage). Recycling bins are owned by Council and must be left behind at the vacated property if you move house. We will supply you with a recycling bin at your new house if there isn't one. Households are charged a service fee for each weekly or fortnightly collection (payable annually through Rates) and multiple red, yellow or green bins at properties are noted on Council records accordingly.

Council encourages all residents to keep on recycling. The current challenges in the recycling industry have created some uncertainty for households, however, recyclable materials in the Shire of Moorabool are being processed into reusable materials as per usual. As Victoria develops a stronger domestic market for recyclables and products with recycled content, everyone will benefit.

For a list of what can and can’t be placed in each of your kerbside bins, please see Council’s Waste Information Booklet (PDF, 5MB).

Greenwaste Collections

Council offers an opt-in fortnightly collection service for garden materials in areas zoned Residential or Low Density Residential. To subscribe, you will need to purchase a 240 litre bin with a lime green lid from Council and by completing a Waste Service Application Form. Alternatively, Contact Us to request a paper version by post.

Recycling garden resources using a green bin is a simple but important way to free up landfill 'airspace' and to reduce the generation of harmful methane. Greenwaste is taken to specialists who process the collected garden materials into compost and mulch for agricultural uses.

Hardwaste Collections

After hearing from the community via a survey and giving careful consideration to costs, Council has decided not offer a hardwaste collection service. Research tells us that using Council’s Transfer Stations is the most cost-effective way to dispose of hard waste. Residents in non-compulsory collection areas for kerbside garbage, recycling and greenwaste may request transfer station vouchers from Council.  Alternatively, private companies can provide a one-off or regular service to you as a resident, at your own cost.

Kerbside Bins

Bin Collections - help us to help you!

To ensure that your bin is emptied on the scheduled collection day:

  • Place your bin near the kerb or roadside, facing the road and placed at least one metre apart
  • Put your bin out for collection prior to 6.00am on your designated collection day. Remember that route times are subject to changes (such as weather, traffic conditions, contractor resourcing) and late bins may miss out on being collected
  • Do not overfill or compact the contents of your bins as they may not be emptied and can damage the truck mechanisms (Council’s contractors cannot return for bins which are half emptied).

For a list of what can and can’t be placed in your garbage and recycling bins, please see Council’s Waste Information Booklet (PDF, 5MB).

Missed Bins

Council can arrange for bins to be collected if they have been overlooked during collection, but only if they have been placed out correctly and on time. Report a Damaged or Missed Bin

Damaged Bins

Council will replace broken lids, wheels and pins on garbage or recycling bins, free of charge, on bins that are under five years old. Repairs or replacements are undertaken on weekdays and you do not need to be at home, as long as your bin is presented on the agreed day. Report a Damaged or Missed Bin

More information about waste

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does Council hire skip bins?

    No, Council does not have skip bins. Residents should contact a local service provider to arrange for the hire of a skip.

  • What if my bin has not been fully emptied?

    The full contents of a bin may not be emptied during the collection process if the bin has been overfilled, objects forced inside, or wet contents such as greenwaste have been placed in the bin. OH&S regulations prevent the contractor from manually emptying bins, therefore please ensure that the contents of your bin are appropriate and your bin is not overfilled.

  • Five myths about what's happening to recycling

    MYTH 1:

    "China has banned recyclables."


    China is still accepting recyclables if they are separated and have minimal amounts of unacceptable materials.


    MYTH 2:

    "All our recycling goes to China."


    Only a small portion of our state's kerbside recycling is sent to China. The rest is processed right here in Victoria.


    MYTH 3:

    "China’s new recycling standards can’t be met."


    Recycling processors in Victoria have already responded by changing the way plastics and paper/cardboard are sorted.

    Paper and cardboard is being sorted to a higher level to remove items that shouldn’t be in there. Processors are also investing in, and installing, new technology to further process plastics to ensure it is in an acceptable state for international markets.


    MYTH 4:

    'All recycling goes to landfill."


    Recyclable material is a valuable resource. It’s used to make new botttles, cans, paper and cardboard products. It's also transformed into road base, outdoor furniture and recycled office and toilet paper, just to name a few.


    MYTH 5:

    "It doesn’t matter if I put the wrong thing in my recycling bin."


    If you put the wrong things in your recycling bin this is known as contamination. Contamination increases the costs for processors as they have to spend more time and money sorting and removing the rubbish. This means we all end up paying more for our recycling service. The best way for us to combat this as a community is to know what you can and can’t recycle. For example, plastic bags never belong in your recycling bin, not even loose. For more tips, please check Council’s Waste Information Booklet (PDF, 5MB) or ask our friendly Waste Services team.


    Thank you for recycling right! Your actions help support innovative, emerging industries on shore.


Last Updated:

Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 - 10:50