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Recycle Types


Council supports the waste reduction and recycling initiatives of Sustainability Victoria.

Council provides a recycling collection service within its garbage collection districts and provides recyclable material collection facilities at all controlled landfill and transfer station sites.

General Recycling

The separation of recyclable materials from the general waste stream is an important part of DELWP's Getting Full Value Waste and Resource Recovery Policy.

Glenelg Shire provides a kerbside recyclable materials collection service along with its kerbside garbage collection service. The townships of Cape Bridgewater, Casterton, Condah, Dartmoor, Heywood, Merino, Narrawong, Nelson, Portland and Sandford receive this service. Details can be found on the Waste and Recyclables Collection Service page (see link above).

The waste management facilities (landfills and transfer stations) at Casterton, Dartmoor, Heywood, Merino and Portland also offer facilities for the drop-off of recyclable materials.

Recyclable materials that are accepted free of charge are:
- Unbroken glass bottles and jars
- Steel and aluminium cans
- Plastic bottles and containers (type 1 to 7)
- Steel and other scrap metal
- Cardboard and Paper

Note: Commercial quantities of recyclables (>1m3) are not accepted at landfills.

Do not package recyclables into plastic bags - place all items into your recycle bin separately.

All recyclable materials collected are transported to SKM Recyclers facilities in Geelong and Melbourne for further separation and packaging prior to sale to material processors.

Materials NOT suitable for recycling are:
- Syringes and Needles
- Nappies
- Broken glass, crockery, mirrors
- Polystyrene (foam)
- Pillows/mattresses
- Waxed cardboard
- Food Waste and Garden Clippings
- General Household Waste

For a list of what is recyclable please download the Household Recycling Guide.

Household Recycling

The Household Recycling Guide outlines what items can be recycled, and what items are not accepted.
It also includes handy tips of how to make the recycling process as effective and as efficient as possible.

Public Place Recycling

Glenelg Shire Council encourages residents and visitors to recycle in the home and also when they are out and about in the Glenelg Shire. In order to better achieve higher recycling rates, public place litter bins are being coupled with recycling infrastructure. Council has adopted a policy regarding Public Place Recycling (PPR). The Glenelg Shire Council's Public Place Recycling Policy helps to determine what the appropriate recycling choices are when implementing PPR programs/projects.

Event Waste and Recycling Trailer

Glenelg Shire Council has two trailers that local clubs and organisations can hire to help cover waste management at their community events. The trailer is supplied with six mobile waste bins and six mobile recycling bins. In order to hire the trailer organisers must book the trailer at least two weeks in advance. They must also agree to the Terms and Conditions of hire and provide a copy of a Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency.

The Event Waste Trailer is currently available for hire. To book the trailer complete this form and return to the Resource Management Officer or to the nearest Customer Service Centre.

Plasback Silage Wrap Recycling

The Glenelg Shire Council has initiated the new Plasback program, an opportunity for farmers to recycle their disused silage wrap.

Drop off locations within the Glenelg Shire include Portland Transfer Station, Heywood Transfer Station and Casterton Landfill/Transfer Station.

For information on where to purchase your TAPEX liner bags visit the Plasback website, via the external weblink below.

Sustainability Victoria Detox Permanent Drop-off Site

Detox your Home mobile collections
Do you need to safely dispose of unwanted 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 up to 30 Detox your Home mobile collections held across Victoria each year to enable all Victorian householders to access this free service. The program is administered by Sustainability Victoria in collaboration with local councils and funded by the Victorian landfill levy.

Visit the for a complete list of upcoming mobile collections and accepted products.

Detox your Home – do the right thing for your loved ones and your environment. It’s easy and it’s free.

Upcoming Detox your Home mobile collections
Reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and bushfire hazards and improve recycling rates by dropping off unwanted chemicals at the Victorian Government’s FREE chemical collection service.

There are nearby Detox your Home mobile collections held each year in:

Portland Council Works Depot
9-11 Fitzgerald Place, Portland

You can register for any of the above collections by visiting or by calling 1300 363 744. Registration is required to manage the traffic flow and avoid queues on the day, which means you can get in and out quickly.
Permanent drop-off sites for paint and other products
Household paint, batteries, compact fluorescent lamps – which are less toxic than household chemicals ¬(but also a more common waste item) – can be disposed of for free at a permanent drop-off site throughout the year.

Detox your Home mobile collections, on the other hand, are free services designed specifically to collect unwanted highly toxic household chemicals only.

There is a nearby drop-off site at:

Portland Transfer Station
Derril Road, Off Cape Nelson Road.

For more information and a full list of permanent drop-off sites visit Sustainability Victoria's website or contact the Glenelg Shire Council.

Cartiges 4 Planet Ark

Printer cartridges are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and toner. Throwing them into landfill represents a waste of resources and contributes to the growing problem of electronic waste. By recycling your cartridges you are helping to reduce this waste. You can recycle your used ink and toner cartridges at the following locations within the Glenelg Shire:

• Casterton Glenelg Shire Council Customer Service Centre
• Casterton Post Office
• Casterton Transfer Station
• Dartmoor Transfer Station
• Heywood Post Office
• Heywood Transfer Station
• Merino (Jarad’s Rd) Transfer Station
• Nelson Transfer Station
• Portland Glenelg Shire Council Customer Service Centre
• Portland Post Office
• Portland Transfer Station

The materials recovered from used cartridges are into various items including pens, outdoor furniture and garden edging and even in road surfaces.

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