What can I recycle?

Recycling Services

Bins need to be presented ready for collection prior to 6am on collection day.

The Council's residential kerbside recycling collection service is provided under contract by Cleanaway Pty Ltd. Residents have the option of a 240 litre mobile bin or a 360 litre mobile bin or multiples thereof for the collection of materials which include: Paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, aluminium and steel cans, and plastic containers. A 140 litre bin is offered in certain circumstances.

For information on additional recycling services please see below.

Detox Your Home - Household Chemical Collection

Do you need to safely dispose of unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals? Household chemicals can be dangerous – they can harm your family and your pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment for future generations.

Detox your Home is a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

The collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

There are 31 Detox your Home mobile collections held across Victoria each year to ensure reasonable access for all Victorian householders. The program is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local councils and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy.

Council is hosting a Detox Your Home mobile collection in Bright on Saturday, 8 December 2018.

When: 9am - 12pm, Saturday, 8 December
Where: Bright Council Depot, Churchill Avenue, Bright AND Wangaratta Council Works Depot, 51- 69 Newman Street Wangaratta
What to bring:

Visit the Detox your Home website for a complete list of upcoming mobile collections and accepted products.

For more information call 1300 363 744 or download a factsheet.

Permanent drop-off sites for appliance batteries, paint and compact fluorescent lamps

Paint, household batteries, and compact fluorescent lamps – which are less toxic than household chemicals (but also a more common waste item) – can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent drop-off site.

Detox your Home, on the other hand, is a free service designed specifically to collect unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals.

The nearest permanent drop-off site is at:
Wodonga Transfer Station
Kane Road, Wodonga
Ph: (02) 6022 9300

Wangaratta Transfer Station
Stanford Road, Wangaratta
Ph: (03) 5722 0888

Shepparton Transfer Station
Wanganui Road, Shepparton
Ph: (03) 5832 9700

When will my recycling bin be collected?

You can find your recycling collection service days by clicking here. Then enter your address and follow the prompts to find out the day and week of your collection service.

Get It Right On Bin Night

Top tips for getting it right

Getting it right is easy – just follow these simple steps;
• Know what you can recycle
• Check for recycling in every room

Many items in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, lounge and study can go in your recycling bin. Find out what you can recycle.
• Make sure items are empty
• Items don’t need to be sparkling clean, just empty. Remove solids food scraps like pizza and leftovers.
• Keep recycling out of plastic bags

Remember, if you put your recycling in plastic bags it may end up in landfill because it can’t be sorted and recycled.
• Polystyrene foam packaging – place in your rubbish bin
• Ceramic and glass waste (non packaging) such as cups, crockery, drinking glasses, Pyrex glass, ovenware, window glass and mirrors, should be wrapped (if broken) and placed in your garbage bin. If the items are in good condition, contact your local charity shop to see if they would like them or hand the on to friends or family.
• Scrap metal items like car parts – go to one of the three waste facilities located in Myrtleford, Porepunkah and Mount Beauty.

For a multitude of information on recycling visit the Get It Right On Bin Night website.

Recycling Charges 2017 - 2018

Type of service Cost per annum Frequency of collection
240 litre bin $89.34 Fortnightly collection
360 litre bin $89.34 Fortnightly collection
240 litre bin $178.80 Weekly collection for commercial premises in specific areas
360 litre bin $178.80 Weekly collection for commercial premises in specific areas
140 litre bin $89.34 Fortnightly collection

Additional waste / recycling options

Council takes part in a range of initiatives to provide sound waste/recycling options:

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark

The Alpine Shire Council has joined the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program.

All used ink, laser, fax and photocopier cartridges can be dropped off at one of the locations listed below for recycling.

Used cartridges are sent to a zero-waste-to-landfill facility, meaning not one component of any cartridge sent for recycling ends up in landfill.

It is important to make the effort because the plastics and metals that cartridges are made out of don't break down.

What's more, toner dust can contain chemicals that are potentially hazardous to the environment if they leach from landfill into waterways and ground water.

Drop off locations are:

Mount Beauty Library, Myrtleford Library, Bright Library and Bright Post Office.

For more information visit Recycling Near You.

Used or unwanted mobile phones

Council joins national mobile phone recycling initiative

Recycling your old mobile phone is now easier, with Council joining the nationwide MobileMuster program.

Collection points have been established in the area and local residents are encouraged to clean out their drawers of unwanted mobile phone, batteries and accessories.

MobileMuster is the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry, and is funded by 16 leading mobile phone manufacturers and network carriers.

Key mobile recycling facts:
· Australians upgrade or exchange their mobile phones every 18 to 24 months, meaning there are approximately 16 million unused mobile phones stashed away at home or in the office.
· Over 90% of materials in mobile phones can be recovered such as nickel, cadmium, cobalt, gold, silver, copper, plastics and other metals.

MobileMuster recycling bins can be found at the following sites:

Alpine Shire Offices at Churchill Ave, Bright
Mount Beauty Library at Lakeside Ave, Mount Beauty
Myrtleford Library at corner Standish Street and O'Donnell Avenue, Myrtleford.

For further information contact Council on (03) 5755 0555 visit MobileMuster's website.

Used batteries

Why recycle batteries?

Batteries are a risk to human health and the environment if disposed of inappropriately. They also contain valuable metals such as cadmium, zinc, manganese, cobalt and rare earth metals that may be recovered through recycling.

Recycle your batteries to:
• Reduce landfill
• Reduce the use of finite natural resources in the production of new batteries
• Remove toxic and hazardous substances from landfill (particularly lead, cadmium and mercury that may contaminate soil and groundwater)
• Minimise the risk of explosions or fires as a result of inappropriately stored or disposed of lithium metal batteries.

How to recycle batteries

Seven locations have been set up for convenient drop off points:
1. Alpine Shire Council Bright Office
2. Bright Library
3. Myrtleford Library
4. Mount Beauty Library
5. Porepunkah Transfer Station
6. Myrtleford Transfer Station
7. Mount Beauty Transfer Station

Check here for transfer station opening hours.

Soft flexible plastics

Alpine Shire Council is not currently able to collect and recycle soft plastics, such as plastic shopping bags. To reduce the amount of soft plastics in our environment, it is advisable to use reusable shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags. Reusable shopping bags are available to purchase at many retail outlets including supermarkets.

Most of the supermarkets in the Alpine Shire currently provide designated bins in their foyer for used, clean single-use plastic bags where they are collated and recycled. Please divert these environmentally damaging plastics from landfill by utilising these bins.

Cutting down on plastic pollution

Ahead of the legislative ban on lightweight, single-use plastic bags that comes into effect at the end of 2019, Sustainability Victoria has launched the Better Bag Habits campaign to remind and encourage all Victorians to bring a reusable bag when shopping, whether it be for food or non-food items.

View the campaign's catchy Better Bag Habits video HERE.

Learn more about the Better Bag Habits campaign at http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/betterbaghabits

E Waste

Electronic waste can be disposed of in a sustainable manner at any one of Council’s three waste and recycling centres.
Electronic waste or e-waste can contain a broad range of materials including precious metals (such as gold and platinum), toxic heavy metals, metal circuitry, mixed plastics, fire retardants and glass.
The problem of e-waste in Autralia is growing significantly, as we have a fast uptake and turnover of electronica products.
E-waste must be kept out of landfills.
Drop off points are located at the Myrtleford Landfill and Porepunkah and Mount Beauty Transfer Stations. Almost any electronic goods can be dropped off at any one of these three sites where they will be recycled.

There is no disposal charge for Computers and Televisions
Disposal is FREE

Electronic Waste other than Televisions and Computers
Small items: $2.50
Medium items: $7.50
Large items: $15.50

Electronic Goods include:

* VCR/DVD/CD players
* Hi-fi sets
* Radios
* Vacuum cleaners
* Toasters
* Irons
* Kettles
* Microwave

Unwanted Items

Divert waste from our landfills by either:

• dropping your unwanted but reuseable (must be in good condition) goods to a charitable organisation – more widely known as an Opportunity Shop - is a great way to recycle items while helping a great cause at the same time. To find an opportunity or charity store closest to you please go to the Community Directory and search for 'opportunity shops'.

• joining the Alpine Shire Freecycle ™ Network.
Freecycle ™ is a non-profit group that aims at keeping things out of landfill. You can either give something a new home or acquire a used item. No money is exchanged. The Freecycle™ network in the Alpine Shire, is an email list open to everyone who wants to ‘recycle’ that something special rather than throw it away. Whether it’s a chair, a fax machine a piano or an old door.
Go to www.freecycle.org and put “Alpine Shire’ in the ‘group near you’ box.

Recycling Near You

Planet Ark launched RecyclingNearYou.com.au in November 2006. By visiting the website or calling the hotline (1300 733 712) you can:

  • Find out about what you can and can't recycle in your household recycling services
  • Search for drop-off locations to recycle a wide range of items including electronic waste, corks, batteries, printer cartridges, whitegoods, furniture and much more
  • The RecyclingNearYou website runs in conjunction with the Recycling Hotline 1300 733 712.


drumMUSTER is the National program that has been set up for the collection and recycling of cleaned eligible non-returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers.

As a chemical user, drumMUSTER provides you with a method to safely dispose of your used chemical containers.

All you are required to do is clean your containers so they are free of any chemical residue then deliver them to one of over 700 receival sites across Australia.

Mobile collections are no longer provided in the Alpine Shire, instead permanent compounds have been established at the following locations:

Porepunkah Transfer Station, Roberts Creek Road, Porepunkah.
Phone: 0418 396 122.

Myrtleford Landfill, Morrisons Lane, Myrtleford.
Phone 0436 414 353.

Dederang Recreation Reserve, Streets Lane, Dederang.
Phone: (02) 60289735 / 0427 905 919

Bookings are compulsory at all three locations to ensure that an Inspector will be in attendance when you deliver your drums.

Further information about the drumMUSTER is available at www.drummuster.com.au


ChemClear is a chemical waste disposal program for the safe management of unwanted rural chemicals.

Holders of unwanted rural chemicals should register for collection and disposal. You can do this:
- Online at www.chemclear.com.au
- Over the phone, by calling 1800 008182.

All registrations will be given a date, appointment time and location, and the collection process is quick and easy.
These days, with the introduction of best practice and environmental management systems, chemical users must make time to regularly sort through their chemical storage and make smart chemical disposal choices. This is an important element in managing risks on farms and within businesses that use pesticides and herbicides, among other chemicals.

ChemClear collects APVMA currently registered chemicals produced by 119 manufacturers supporting the Industry Waste Reduction Scheme. Chemicals classified as Group 1 are collected free-of-charge. A listing of these manufacturers is available on the ChemClear website.

As an additional service, ChemClear also collects Group 2 chemicals. This category covers deregistered, out-of-date, mixed, unlabelled, unknown, or, agvet chemicals produced by a manufacturer not signed to the ChemClear stewardship program.

There is a cost for disposal of Group 2 chemicals, which is quoted to the waste holder once their registration has been processed.

For more information contact Alpine Shire’s Waste Management Officer, Sandra Light on (03) 5755 0519, or ChemClear on 1800 008 182.

>> ChemClear registration sheet.

Silage wrap

It is illegal to burn plastic. Burying or putting in landfill is wasting a scarce resource and detrimental to the environment.

Certain steps must be followed when preparing the silage wrap for recycling.

Contact Council on 5755 0555 for further information.

Mulch - FREE

Free Mulch that is self-loaded can be collected from all three sites any time during opening hours (A disclaimer form available on site must be completed when collecting mulch).

Assisted Loading of Mulch is available at the following times:
• Porepunkah: Between 12-1pm on Trade Days
• Myrtleford: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2 - 3pm. Saturday and Sunday - Call 0436 414 353 for an appointment.

N.B Loads are capped at 2m3 unless prior authorisation for larger loads have been approved

What goes into the Recycling Bin?

Your yellow lid bin is for the collection of material that can be recovered and remade into useful products.
Please note: Plastic bags cannot be put in the recycling bin. Please dispose of plastic bags in your red lid bin, or take them to your local supermarket for specialist recycling.
Important points to remember:
> All containers must be empty
> No need to rinse, just scrape clean
> No hazardous chemical containers
> Keep recycling loose – no plastic bags

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