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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

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.

Detox Your Home Mobile Chemical 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.

The next collection will be :

Saturday, 13 October 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Portland Council Works Depot
9-11 Fitzgerald Place, Portland

Visit Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home webpage 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.

Sustainability Victoria Detox Permanent Drop-off Site

To supplement mobile collections Sustainability Victoria established a "Permanent Drop-off Site" at Portland Transfer Station.
Permanent drop-off sites allow the safe disposal of household paint, batteries, compact fluorescent lamps – which are less toxic than household chemicals ¬(but also a more common waste item) – for free throughout the year.

There is a nearby drop-off site at:

Portland Transfer Station
210 Cape Nelson Road,
Portland Vic 3305

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.

Dental Products

Did you know dental products could be recycled? Terracycle has partnered with Colgate to create a recycling program for almost all dental products. Standard toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and packaging, and dental floss containers can all be recycled through this program.

You can drop these items off at:

GMHBA Dental Care Portland
47 Henty Street,
Portland VIC 3305

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