No, not in your recycling bin!

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 Wangaratta Recycling Centre.
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

detox your home

Sustainability Victoria's household chemical collection is the environmentally safe way to dispose of old unwanted chemicals at no cost.

Collections are held at various locations around Victoria each year.

For more information, click here to download our information sheet, or contact Sustainability Victoria in 1800 353 233 or online at sustainability.vic.gov.au.

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 “Get It Right On Bin Night”.

Recycling Charges 2016 - 2017

Type of service Cost per annum Frequency of collection
240 litre bin $77.50 Fortnightly collection
360 litre bin $77.50 Fortnightly collection
240 litre bin $155.10 Weekly collection for commercial premises in specific areas
360 litre bin $155.10 Weekly collection for commercial premises in specific areas
140 litre bin $77.50 Fortnightly collection

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.

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, Bright Post Office and the Alpine ShireCouncil office in Churchill Ave, Bright.

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

Please drop off used batteries (no car batteries please) at any Aldi store. The closest Aldi stores are in Wangaratta or Wodonga. The batteries will then be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

The Alpine Shire Council is no longer able to collect batteries at this stage. We are working to make this service available again in the future.

Sustainability Victoria’s Household ‘Detox Your Home’ program’ enables householders to dispose of potentially dangerous household chemicals and a number of targeted products (paint, household batteries and compact florescent lights) safely and easily without harming human health or the environment.

The program has recently been remodeled with subsequent changes including 31 locations across Australia to receive a mobile collection service at the same location and time every year, and an extra 18 new permanent sites (currently 12 sites) across Victoria. The permanent sites will accept paint, appliance batteries and compact fluorescent lamps whilst the annual mobile sites will accept house hold chemicals.

The closest permanent drop off centre to the Alpine Shire will be Wangaratta. The site is expected to be operational by the end of the year. This location will also be the site for the annual chemical collection.

In this new program design, Alpine Shire will no longer receive an annual ‘Detox your home’ mobile service and therefore Council will no longer be able to offer a drop off point for appliance batteries at our three service locations at the Bright Shire Offices, My Beauty and Myrtleford Library.

Council has liaised with Sustainability Victoria at length explaining the difficulties and inconvenience this places on Alpine Shire residents who want to do the right thing by disposing of these items in an environmentally friendly way. Sustainability Victoria will be reviewing the new model and have said that they will keep this in mind when they do their review in a few months’ time. Council is hoping to reinstate the battery collection bins in the near future.

In the meantime, Council will be removing the battery bins and ask residents to please drop off their used appliance batteries at any Aldi stores. Council will advertise when the Wangaratta site is ready and operational.

For any queries please contact Sandra Light Waste Management Officer. For more information go to: http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome

E Waste

Electronic Waste other than Televisions and Computers

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. Charges apply.

Electronic Goods include:

• VCR/DVD/CD players
• Hi-fi sets
• Radios
• Plug in telephones
• Fax machines
• Vacuum cleaners
• Toasters
• Irons
• Kettles

The fee is $7.50 for small to medium items and $15 for large items.

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

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 (03) 57511 319.

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

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 on line at www.chemclear.com.au or by calling 1800 008182. ChemClear has scheduled a collection for October/November 2015 for Alpine Shire chemical users to register their surplus, unwanted, unlabelled, mixed or out-of-date agvet chemicals for safe disposal. Click here for the ChemClear flyer, and here for a registration sheet.

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.

Silage wrap

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

Farmers can use this free new system to transport their silage wrap to one of Alpine Shire’s waste facilities in either Porepunkah, Mount Beauty or Myrtleford.

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

For detailed information please visit: http://www.plasback.com.au

Free Mulch

Free garden mulch is available from Council transfer stations in Porepunkah, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty.

** Due to the popularity of the free mulch, The Transfer Station at Porepunkah has run out, therefore there is currently no available mulch at this site **

Please note the mulch consists of vegetation that has been disposed of by others, so Council has no control over its contents. For this reason you will be asked to sign a disclaimer and then you can take as much as you need – FREE!

Assisted loading is available at specific times only at Myrtleford and Porepunkah. Please contact your local waste facility in advance should you require assistance with loading.

Council is unable to offer the assisted loading service regularly at Mount Beauty. To make up for this, Council provided two days where assisted loading took place where Council staff were on hand in Mount Beauty to load mulch into private vehicles / trailers. This service will be repeated later in the year with dates advertised on Council’s website and Facebook.

Trading hours, locations and contact details are as follows:

Porepunkah
Phone: 0418 396 122
Address: Roberts Creek Rd, Porepunkah
Opening hours: Friday: 2pm - 6pm
Sat & Sun: 10am - 3pm

Mount Beauty
Phone: 0448 514 064
Address: Maddisons Lane, Mt Beauty
Opening hours: Thurs, Sat & Sun: 10am - 2pm
Tues: 10am – 4pm

Myrtleford Landfill
Phone: 5751 1319 / 0428 280 827
Address: Morrisons Lane, Myrtleford
Opening hours: Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun: 10am – 3pm

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