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Recycling in the City of Whittlesea.
Small acts make a big impact
Small acts, like putting the right things into the right bins, disposing of other hard rubbish appropriately, remembering to take your reusables when you leave home or sticking to your shopping list, can all have a significant impact on our environment.
To follow is our simple guide to recycling in the City of Whittlesea to help Peppercorn Hill residents manage their household waste and recycling as effectively and efficiently as possible – so everyone benefits!
Let’s start with your Council bins.
The City of Whittlesea provides every household with one 120-litre garbage bin and one 240-litre recycling bin. Plus, you can pay a small annual fee to have a 240-litre food and garden waste bin, where you can dispose of compostable food and garden waste and, from the second half of this year, the Council will also be rolling out a new 120-litre glass recycling service to all households. Garbage bins are collected weekly, while recycling and food and garden waste bins are collected fortnightly on the same day as garbage bins.
So what items can you put in each bin?
your garbage bin
It’s fine to put the following items in your garbage bin…
…but not these!
your recycling bin
Acceptable items include…
Just remember to rinse clean items and remove all food and liquid from packaging.
However, you should not put the following items in your recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through this service:
Many of these items can damage the material sorting facility's machinery, increasing processing costs.
Food & Garden Waste Bin
Items that can be placed in your food and garden waste bin include:
However, the following items cannot be composted at the composting facility. So it’s best to make sure they don’t end up in your food and garden waste bin.
Glass bottles and jars need to be separated from other recyclables as glass frequently breaks during the recycling process, contaminating any paper and plastics it’s mixed in with.
Keeping glass separate will mean that the materials collected can be more effectively recycled into new glass products such as bottles and jars, and even used in construction as a road base.
You can pre-book a free hard rubbish collection from your nature strip twice per calendar year. Your hard rubbish is collected and taken to Wollert landfill. Contact the City of Whittlesea to book a collection before placing items on your nature strip.
What about other household waste that can’t be included in your kerbside collection bin bins?
For household items that are broken or can’t be reused, repaired or recycled, you can pre-book a free hard rubbish collection from your nature strip twice per calendar year and your hard rubbish will be collected and taken to Wollert landfill.
Acceptable hard waste items include the following...
… while the following will need to be disposed of by other means.
The following privately-owned local facilities recycle green waste, timber waste, white goods and PVC pipe waste. These facilities are only licensed to accept certain items, and do not accept mixed loads. Charges may apply.
Green waste and brick recycling facility
The Green Waste and Brick Recycling Facility accepts the green waste disposal vouchers and brick and rubble waste vouchers found on your Rates Notice. The site also sells high-quality compost.
Timber waste recycling
EcoDynamics in Epping will accept fence palings, packing crates, pallets and timber off-cuts but not laminated or painted timber, melamine, treated pine or plaster.
Getting rid of chemicals
You should never put chemical waste in your Council bins or pour it down the drain as it can harm your family and pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and damage the environment.
You can safely dispose of toxic household chemicals like solvents, poisons, cleaning products, fertilisers and car care products at Sustainability Victoria’s Detox Your Home events, while household paint, batteries (household and car) and fluorescent lights can be disposed of throughout the year at one of the area’s permanent drop-off sites including the Hume City Council Resource Recovery Centre, Darebin Resource Recovery Centre or the Banyule Waste Recovery Centre.
For further information including tips on safely transporting household chemicals, phone Sustainability Victoria on 1800 353 233.
You can always use a skip bin as part of your clean-up at home. But remember to obtain a skip bin permit before you arrange for a container to be placed on a road or on Council land or risk a fine of up to $800. If the skip can fit on your own property, then you don't need a permit.
Since 1 July 2019, the Victorian Government has banned the disposal of e-waste to landfill. This means you can no longer throw old electrical items in the bin.
So what is e-waste (electronic waste)? The term refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted from smaller household items such as toasters, kettles, irons, lamps, battery operated or electronic toys, hairdryers, fans, heaters and printers to larger household white goods such as washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, ovens and microwaves. Home entertainment products such as televisions, CD players, DVD players, tablets, laptops, computers, mobile phones and other handheld electronic devises and electrical gardening equipment such as hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, electric chainsaws, whipper snippers and electric lawn mowers are also considered e-waste.
However, City of Whittlesea residents can drop off their e-waste for free at Hanson’s Wollert Landfill, 55 Bridge Inn Road, Wollert. Whitegoods can also be collected for free by phoning Kids Off The Kerb on 9982 5600.
Or you can take cameras, mobile phones, household batteries, CDs, DVDs, fluorescent light globes, printer cartridges, X-rays and small e-waste items like MP3 players to one of the Council’s recycling stations located at:
For further information, visit https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/waste-environment.