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Detox Your Home, Hard Waste, E-Waste and Other Waste

Detox Your Home

Do you need to dispose of unwanted household chemicals?


Detox Your Home is a free service for all Victorian householders. It is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local councils and funded by the Victorian landfill levy.  It is designed specifically to collect unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals.

(Please note paint, batteries, and fluorescent lights – which are less toxic than household chemicals can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent drop-off site - see below for more information).



Electronic waste is no longer accepted in any bin (including household collections).  Instead items need to be taken to new designated drop-off points set up at:

  • Bairnsdale: 200 Johnstons Rd, Forge Creek

  • Orbost: 351 Bonang Rd

  • Bruthen: 109 Great Alpine Rd

  • Omeo: 18 Margetts St

  • Mallacoota: Betka Rd

  • Lakes Entrance: 5 Thorpes Lane

E-waste is 'electronic waste' and refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that's no longer working or wanted - from old TVs, computers, air-conditioners, appliances such as hairdryers, vacuum cleaners and toys with batteries.


In Australia e-waste is growing three times faster than general waste. E-waste contains valuable materials that can be reused and is an opportunity to support recycling jobs that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Electronics are stripped for recyclable components, reducing the amount of material that enters landfill where toxic metals such as lead and mercury can remain in the environment.


E-waste disposal costs

E-waste frequently asked questions

To learn more visit ewaste.vic.gov.au


What about batteries?

Even though they're small, you shouldn't put household batteries in the bin. There are a number of collection points to help you recycle them.

Find your nearest battery drop-off site

Why it's important to dispose of batteries correctly


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Hard waste voucher

Households get one hard waste voucher with their rates notice. Vouchers are valid for 1 cubic metre of hard waste per voucher. 

If your voucher was not included with your annual rates notice please contact Council's Waste Department. Property owners should pass on vouchers to their tenants.



· Household appliances

· Lawnmowers – no fuel or oil

· Empty paint tins – lid removed

· Furniture

· Carpet and linoleum

· Kitchenware

· Mattress - single only

· Hot water systems

· Home improvement items eg., cupboards, sinks, fittings

· Glass and mirrors - wrapped

NOT accepted

· Asbestos

· Green waste

· Gas bottles

· Building waste (eg. bricks, rubble)

· Household waste

· Commercial waste

· Liquids

· Hazardous items – chemical or medical

· Tyres

· Fencing material

If you have used your voucher and have more hard waste, you must pay the disposal costs.


Free hard waste (recycled or deposited)

· Scrap metal

· White goods

· Car batteries

· Old paint

· Vehicle parts

Please check your local landfill or transfer station accepts the waste you plan to recycle or dispose of before making your trip.


Drum Muster

Drum Muster is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers.


The aim is to take non-returnable chemical containers out of the waste stream and move them into the recycling stream.

Drums can be disposed of at Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Orbost, Lindenow and Omeo. Clean containers (less than 20) are accepted at all times; over 20 drums requires notification and advance booking.

Visit the Drum Muster website for more information.



Mobile Muster

Council supports Mobile Muster, with permanent community collection boxes for old mobile phones at:

· Corporate Centre, Bairnsdale 273 Main Street

· Bairnsdale Customer Service Centre , 24 Service Street

· Lakes Entrance Service Centre, Mechanics Street

· Orbost Service Centre, 1 Ruskin Street

· Mallacoota Service Centre, 70 Maurice Avenue



Mobile Muster is the official national recycling program of the mobile phone industry in Australia. The aim is to stop mobile phones going to landfill, and create more jobs in the recycling sector. The program collects and recycles mobile phone handsets, batteries and accessories from over 2,000 drop off points across Australia.








Having problems with disposing unwanted paints?

Customers are invited to dispose of unwanted paint and packaging responsibly and for free at the Bairnsdale landfill.

For more information about what can be disposed and how please visit Paintback or contact Bairnsdale Landfill on 5152 6535.


Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day creates a perfect opportunity for everyone to lend a hand to clean up their local environment. 

Annual registration's are available on the Clean Up Australia website or by phoning 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329).

Organisers of registered Clean Up Australia Day events can take waste to their closest landfill or transfer station at no cost, but must use the official Clean Up Australia Day bags and organise a time by pre-arrangement only. Council cannot collect the bags.


Keep Victoria Beautiful

Council is a member of Keep Victoria Beautiful, therefore entries from individuals, groups and organisations in East Gippsland in the following Awards are free every year:

· The Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards recognise and celebrate positive actions being taken by individuals, groups and organisations that are making a valuable contribution to make their communities more sustainable. 

· The Clean Beaches Awards recognise and celebrate positive actions being taken by individuals, groups and organizations that are making a valuable contribution in planning for, protecting and enhancing their beach environment.

Registrations for The Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns and Clean Beaches Awards are open during February/March each year.


Adopt a Roadside

Keep Victoria Beautiful's Adopt a Roadside program aims to reduce litter on Victoria’s roadsides to stop pollutants entering local waterways, improve the quality of vegetation, and prevent soil degradation and erosion.

For more information on The Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards, The Clean Beaches Awards or Adopt a Roadside, visit the Keep Victoria Beautiful website.


Petrol disposal

Please note we do not accept petrol at any of our sites.


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