Other waste

There are lots of places to take waste that is not suitable for your kerbside bins. See below for a list of ways to dispose of other types of waste.

Read a list of how to recycle and dispose of all kinds of items in our Shire. Read the A-Z of waste(PDF, 114KB).

Chemicals- Detox Your Home

Our transfer stations do not accept household chemicals for disposal, and they are not accepted in kerbside bins.

Detox Your Home is a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of highly toxic, unwanted household chemicals. This includes solvents, poisons and cleaning products. For a list of upcoming events and items they accept visit Detox Your Home. Future dates in the Hepburn Shire will be communicated. The 2024 Detox Your Home event was held in June - thanks to everyone who attended.

Disposing of these items correctly:

  • reduces the risk to the environment and human health
  • helps keep our waterways clean
  • prevents chemicals from ending up in landfill
  • reuses precious resources.

Chemicals dropped at the event are immediately sorted by qualified chemists. They’re placed in sealed drums and transported to a specialist waste treatment facility. Every effort is made to recycle chemicals or use them for other purposes. Some chemicals are used to create energy.

The City of Ballarat Transfer Station on Gillies Street South is a close, permanent drop-off site for the Detox Your Home program. Ballarat Transfer Station currently does not accept pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and nail polish remover, or chemicals used by businesses for industrial and commercial purposes.

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Farm chemicals

Drum-Muster

Council participates in the national drumMuster program and is providing a safe way to dispose of eligible agricultural and vet chemical containers.

There are drumMuster cages at the Creswick and Daylesford Transfer Stations. Agvet chemical drums can now be dropped off if they are empty and triple rinsed with no chemical residue on or in the drum. Drums carrying the drumMuster label/embossing will be accepted free of charge. Find out the materials accepted by drumMuster along with details of how to clean your drums.

ChemClear

Another option for the disposal of unwanted farm chemicals is ChemClear.

Visit the ChemClear website or call them on 1800 008 182 to register chemicals for collection. Note that these collections occur in local runs so encourage your neighbours to participate as well.

Hard waste

It is best to try to sell or donate larger items from home that are no longer required. However, these items are accepted at transfer stations. Please see our Transfer Stations page for fees and opening hours. 

Green waste (garden organics)

Green waste is accepted at our transfer stations. Noxious weeds are not. Please ensure your load of green waste is separated from other waste before you arrive at the transfer station. The green waste must also be free of rubbish. See Transfer Station for fees and opening hours.

A trial kerbside organics collection is underway in Clunes. 

 

Soft plastics

The soft plastics recycling program REDcycle has been suspended as of 9 November 2022.

Soft plastics can't go in your yellow-lid recycling bin and should be disposed of in the red-lid general waste bin. Soft plastics include items such as re-usable shopping bags, newspaper wrapping, bubble wrap, plastic bags, zip-lock bags, biscuit wrapping (not the trays), lolly packs, bread bags, pasta and rice bags, courier satchels, cereal box liners, chip and cracker packets.

Find out more about REDcycle.

 

Single use plastics ban

Pack your reusables, it’s time to reduce our plastic pollution!

From 1 February 2023 the Victorian Government is banning the following single-use plastics from sale and supply:

  • Drinking straws
  • Cutlery and plates
  • Drink stirrers and sticks
  • Cotton bud sticks and,
  • Expanded polystyrene food and drink containers.

Items made from conventional, degradable and compostable plastics, including bioplastic and oxo-degradable materials, will be included in the ban. The ban will affect retail and hospitality, businesses, suppliers and other businesses, organisations and non-for profits such as hospitals, sports clubs and schools.

Single use plastics are used briefly but go on to remain in the environment for a long time, making up over a third of all litter. They are difficult to recycle and are a common contaminant in recycling facilities. By banning single use plastics we can minimise waste to landfill, reduce plastic pollution, and protect our wildlife and environment.

There are many great reusable options and alternative single use items to be considered, such as: 

  • Cutlery made from stainless steel, bamboo or heavyweight plastic that can be reused.
  • Reusable glass, heavyweight plastic, or metal containers/cups.
  • Straws made from bamboo, stainless steel, or silicone.
  • Cotton pads or buds with bamboo sticks.

Visit Single Use Plastics Ban and Sustainability Victoria for more information and support.

Compost bins

Hepburn Shire is offering residents subsidised compost bins to help you reduce waste to landfill by turning food scraps and garden waste into compost, which can help create great soil at home.

Available from each of the transfer stations from Friday 1 September 2023 *until stocks run out. 

170L roto tumbler $75

220L composter $25

Limit of one per household and proof of residence required.

Find out more about the current Subsidised Compost Bin(PDF, 405KB) offering. 

Container deposit scheme

Victoria's Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) started in November 2023

CDS is a Victorian Government initiative that provides 10-cent refund for every eligible drink container returned. Many sites are now open to accept containers. Before you visit, download the CDS Vic West app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for a seamless experience.

Current locations in Hepburn Shire region:
♻️ Creswick – The Hub, 68 Albert Street, Creswick - Reverse Vending Machine
♻️ Daylesford Industrial Estate, 37-39 East Street, Daylesford - Reverse Vending Machine
♻️ Pig & Whistle, 705 James Lane, Trentham East - Reverse Vending Machine

 

Details regarding the locations, what containers are eligible and how the scheme works can be found at https://cdsvic.org.au/

Please note that TOMRA Cleanaway operates the machines. For all enquiries please contact enquiries@tomracleanaway.com.au

 

Hepburn Shire Hub Recycling

The following tricky-to-recycle items are accepted at all Hepburn Shire Hubs.

E-waste

E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted. The Victorian Government banned e-waste from landfill as of 1 July 2019. toaster.png

Recycling your e-waste is important, but if we can avoid creating it, that is even better. If you have an item that still works, consider trying to find a new home for it first – friends, family, sell it, donate it (check they are happy/can accept).

You can recycle your e-waste (but not in your kerbside recycling bin). Please drop to your local transfer station or, if the item is small, you can take it to your local customer service centre/hub.

Our transfer stations accept e-waste for free from residents.

Items that are considered e-waste:

  • Televisions, printers, computer equipment (including monitor and mouse)
  • Small appliances – irons, toasters, kettles
  • DVD players, microwaves
  • Phones, chargers, tablets
  • Light bulbs
  • Toys with batteries

Please note there is a fee for refrigerators and freezers at the transfer stations. See transfer stations for fees, and Sustainability Victoria for more information.

 

Batteries

You can’t put batteries in your rubbish or recycling bin

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Most batteries contain hazardous materials that can pollute the environment when disposed of in landfills or when thrown out elsewhere. Materials like lead, cadmium and mercury can poison people and animals and contaminate soils and water, and they stay in the environment for a long time. Discarded batteries also pose a safety risk in garbage trucks as they can start fires.

Batteries (household) can be dropped to:

  • Council’s customer service centres/hubs
  • Transfer stations

Please note large batteries such as car batteries can ONLY be taken to our transfer stations.

Find a list of commercial battery recycling services.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are considered e-waste and contain hazardous but valuable materials. They are banned from landfill. Hepburn Shire Council recycles mobile phones through local contractor Rixon's Recycling.

Plastic Bread Tags

Australian plastic recycler Transmutation has teamed up with Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs to turn plastic bread tags into issa-1.png bowls to raise funds to buy wheelchairs in South Africa. Find out more at Oz Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

Spectacles

Lions Recycle for Sight Australia is part of the Lions Clubs International Worldwide Eyeglass Recycling Program. Spectacles are refurbished and distributed globally.

Find out more at Lions Club.

Oral Care Products and Packaging

Terracycle and Colgate have teamed up to create a program that accepts any brand of used oral care products. Accepted products include

  • Toothpaste tubes and caps
  • Manual toothbrushes
  • Electric toothbrush heads
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste plastic packaging
  • Floss containers
  • Interdental brushes

Find out more at Terracycle.

 

Light Globes

Many light globes contain mercury which is toxic and can harm the environment. They require specialised recycling to ensure the light-globe.png elements and materials are separated correctly.

Printer Cartridges

Cartridges are made up of a complex mix of materials that can be turned into new products, including plastics, metal, inks and issy-1.png toners.

Planet Ark has teamed up with Close the Loop and participating manufacturers Brother, Canon, Cartridge World, Epson, HP & Kyocera to ensure these valuable resources are recycled.

For more information visit Planet Ark.